About the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards

The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards program is a collaboration of the Daniels Fund, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and the Community Foundation of Utah. Our goal is to recognize Utah businesses, nonprofit organizations and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors. One organization from each sector will be recognized with a Utah Ethical Leadership Award. The winner of the business category will be recognized with the Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award. All business, nonprofit, and government entities that conduct themselves within the ethical standards of this award and meet our eligibility requirements are welcome to apply.

The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards are designed to recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels. Bill Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity, and in the importance of absolute ethical principles. As an exceptionally honest businessman, he always based his decisions on what he believed was right — not just what he thought was best for himself or his company. This attitude and style of conducting business earned Bill Daniels incredible respect and loyalty throughout the business world.

Applications for the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards will be accepted until July 21, 2017. A team of academics and experts will then review the applications. Finalists will be announced by Aug. 25, 2017, and the winners will be announced at the awards breakfast celebration, which takes place Sept. 8, 2017 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bill and Pat Child Family Community Hall of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. All finalists will be invited to attend the awards breakfast.

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2016 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards

The David Eccles School of Business Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, the Daniels Fund and the Community Foundation of Utah honored nine companies, nonprofits and government agencies at the third annual Utah Ethical Leadership Awards on Sept. 9, 2016.

More than 30 organizations applied for the awards, and winners and finalists were announced at a breakfast award ceremony in the Bill & Pat Child Family Community Hall in the University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building. The winners and finalists were:

Private Companies
Winner: Mark Miller Subaru
Finalists: Tink’s Superior Auto Parts; WCF Insurance

Winner: National Ability Center
Finalists: Comunidades Unidas; Kostopulos Dream Foundation/Camp K

Governmental Agencies
Winner: Utah Developmental Disability Council
Finalists: Coalville City; Commission on Service and Volunteerism

Gov. Gary Herbert spoke at the ceremony, emphasizing the importance of ethical practices in all facets of Utah professional life.

“I appreciate that we’re awarding good behavior. That’s good parenting, to reward good behavior and eschew the bad. I appreciate we’re here honoring those who are doing it right and that we’re making a big deal out of ethical behavior, which I believe most of us do every day,” Herbert said. “We all have an opportunity to be an example, and we have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to make society better by being a good example.”

Jeff Miller, general manager of Mark Miller Subaru, was honored that the company his father built was recognized for its ethics, joking that it probably seemed funny to have a car dealership accepting an ethics award, but that perception is why he works hard to ensure every employee follows strong ethical practices.

“We talk about ethics at Mark Miller Subaru because it’s so important to our company to do the right thing,” Miller said. “It has to be in the DNA of the company.”

Two winning organizations that work with people with disabilities focused on the importance of the trust they create with their clients and the community.

“It’s the families, the veterans and the kids we serve who are an example of ethical leadership to us every day, and they are an inspiration,” said Gail Loveland, executive director of the National Ability Center.

Deborah Bowman, chair of the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, hopes Friday’s recognition helps Utahns realize the importance of providing services to help keep people with developmental disabilities with their families and be welcomed into the community.

“We want communities to value all people of all abilities and to realize that all people can contribute to society, which they can’t do if they are segregated from society in an institution,” Bowman said. “It’s an honor to serve the people we serve and to be recognized for how far we’ve come. While we have a long way to go, we have come a long way, too.”

The awards recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by businessman Bill Daniels, who believed deeply in ethics and integrity, and in the importance of absolute ethical principles.