Minnesota Companies Are Honored With The American Business Ethics Award


Steve Springer 612/542-1450
Risa Toles 612/544-8087

The Society of Financial Service Professionals’ Minnesota Chapters today announced the three recipients of the 2000 Minnesota American Business Ethics Award (ABEA).

Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics of Eagan, Upsher Smith Laboratories of Plymouth, and Minnesota Craftsman Painting of St. Paul are the American Business Ethics Award Winners in Minnesota for 2000.

The ABEA recognizes businesses that exemplify a strong commitment to ethical practices as demonstrated in everyday business dealings and in response to specific crises and challenges. The award is presented in three categories: public, private, and small company.

The Society, in partnership with the Minnesota Center for Corporate Responsibility, Carlson School of Management, and UPN9, presented the first annual 2000 American Business Ethics Award in Minnesota at an Awards Banquet at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott Hotel. David McNally, best selling author of The Eagle’s Secret and Even Eagles Need a Push, was the keynote speaker and Robyne Robinson of UPN 9 was the Master of Ceremonies. Business leaders, VIP’s and ethics executives from companies throughout Minnesota were in attendance.

“ABEA recipients are companies that advocate to do the right thing, no matter what the business cost may be”, said Dennis Goeders, CLU, ChFC, chairman of the ABEA committee. “These local companies have demonstrated what’s right about American business.”

Previous ABEA recipients include: Lockheed Martin Corporation, Merck & Company, Levi Strauss, Texas Instruments, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Weyerhauser Company, and Texas Instruments.

The Society’s Twin Cities Chapter is part of a national network of more than 200 chapters. Founded in 1928, the Society has 32,000 members who help individuals, families, and businesses achieve their financial goals. Society members can assist with estate planning, retirement and financial counseling, employee benefits, business and compensation planning, and life, health, disability income, and long-term care needs. Visit the Society’s Web site at http://www.financialpro.org.

Anyone interested in nominating a business for the 2001 Minnesota MBEA Awards should contact Risa Toles, Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter at 612-544-8087.

Originally published on May 25, 2000.

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