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The MBEA Award

About the MBEA

Since 1999, the Minnesota Business Ethics Award has recognized Minnesota businesses that have exemplified and promoted ethical conduct for the benefit of the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the community. Until 2018 the co-founding partners were the Center for Ethical Organizations (formerly the Center for Ethical Business Cultures) and the Society of FSP – Twin Cities Chapter. The Rotary Club of Edina joined as an award sponsor from 2004-2009. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants joined as an award sponsor from 20010-2012. The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Minnesota joined as an award sponsor in 2013-2015 and in 2016 Financial Executives International – Twin Cities Chapter joined as a rotating sponsor.

The awards have been suspended for 2018.  The MBEA and FSP have launched a process seeking new organizing partners.

Here’s how the MBEA process works:

1. Each year a call for nominations is issued. A business must be nominated by a customer, client, employee, vendor or a private citizen who is impressed with a company’s demonstration of ethical business conduct. Business people and organizations from throughout the state are encouraged to participate in the nomination process by completing a Nomination Form. NOTE: Nominations havee been suspended for the 2018 award year.

2. Nominated companies are required to complete an official Entry Form and provide documentation of “ethics-in-action” at their company. The MBEA is presented in three categories: large companies with over 500 employees, medium size companies of 100-500 employees and small companies of under 100 employees. Entries are submitted electronically, beginning in January of each year and for 2018, must be uploaded by midnight on March 15, 2018.  Submission requirements are available at the “Judging Information” link found at the main menu at the top of this page.

3. The entries are judged by a preliminary and a Blue Ribbon independent panel of judges representing business and academia.

4. Award finalists are notified after the judging is complete.

5. The award recipients are kept confidential and are announced at the annual awards luncheon. The Awards Dinner is generally held each May but has been suspended for 2018.

About the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers from Sponsors, Past Recipients, and Endorsing Organizations that share a passion for raising the bar of business ethics.  They meet regularly throughout the year organizing and implementing MBEA. If you share similar interests and a heart for service we want you to become engaged with some of the finest people and companies in Minnesota.  We encourage you to call us at 651.815.0668 to become a part of the Steering Committee.

2018 Steering Committee Members


  • Society of Financial Service Professionals