The History of Ethics in Business
Ethically-based businesses in Lancaster County deserve to be honored and recognized for their contributions to our community.
That’s why in 2007, Samaritan began the Ethics in Business awards program, which highlights businesses, companies, and organizations in Lancaster that are committed to operating ethically.
The Ethics in Business Process
- A company is nominated through the nomination form by a member of the community based on the award criteria.
- After accepting the nomination, companies undergo an ethics audit that includes the production of documents, an employee survey, and a half-day site visit and interviews.
- The culmination of the process is an in-depth report presented to an anonymous selection committee made up of local business leaders. The committee uses these reports — and their professional experience — to select the award recipient based on the five criteria of integrity, fairness and justice, stewardship, life-enhancing, and transparency.
- The award recipient is announced at the October event. All Final Nominees are provided with an Ethics In Business Final Nominee logo, the results of the employee survey, and one hour of consulting services from Samaritan Consulting Group.
Nominations for the 2023 event are due by January 15th, 2023.
The 2023 Ethics in Business awards ceremony will retain the familiar process of announcing an award recipient and celebrating local ethical business practices. This year, Samaritan will also partner with Franklin & Marshall College to offer the event for free with nationally recognized speakers in the areas of ethics in business.
Venue: Franklin and Marshall College – Lancaster, PA
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023
Speakers: Andy Fastow, the former Chief Financial Officer of Enron, and Sherron Watkins, former Vice President of Corporate Development and one of the whistleblowers of the Enron scandal
- Awards program honoring the nominees and announcing the award recipient of the Ethics in Business Awards Program
- Keynote from Speaker Andy Fastow, the former Chief Financial Officer of Enron.
- One-hour meet-and-greet with the speaker, sponsors, and faculty
- Keynote with speaker Sherron Watkins, one of the whistleblowers of the Enron scandal, for F&M’s “Common Hour” program.
Businesses and organizations can support the Ethics in Business Award event and process through a variety of sponsorships:
- Co-Presenting Sponsor, $7,500
- Award Ceremony Sponsor, $5,000
- Transportation/Accommodation Sponsor, $2,500
- Student Scholarship Sponsor, $2,500
- Ethics Story Sponsor, $1,500
- Friends of Samaritan, $500
To learn more about the program, sponsorship opportunities, or the nomination process, contact the Samaritan Business Consulting team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, the award recipient receives a video spotlighting their commitment to ethics from Natural Light Films.
- 2022: EGStoltzfus
- 2021: Graham Packaging
- 2020: RLPS Architects
- 2019: Lancaster Toyota Mazda
- 2018: Murray Securus
- 2017: Simon Lever
- 2016: Cargas Systems (Medium-Large Business Recipient); Assets (Small Business Recipient)
- 2015: Bomberger’s
- 2014: One2One Inc.
- 2013: Everence
- 2012: Four Seasons Produce
- 2011: Nxtbook Media LLC (For-Profit Category); Lancaster General Health ( Not-for-Profit Category)
- 2009: Two Dudes Painting Company (For-Profit Category); United Disabilities Services (Not-for-Profit Category); Quintin Frey, Turkey Hill Dairy (Individual Category)
- 2008: The Horst Group (For-Profit Category); St. Joseph Health Ministries (Not-for-Profit Category); J. Gary Langmuir (Individual Category)
- 2007: Lancaster Laboratories Inc. (For-Profit Category); Lancaster Day Care Center (Not-for-Profit Category); Stephen Powell (2007 Individual Category)