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    November 13, 2012

    Member agency Abilities First awarded for marketplace ethics

    Chamber member organization Abilities First, a 54 year old agency serving children and adults with disabilities, was named a recipient of the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics presented by the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at the awards ceremony held at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.

    Karen Smith, Executive Director of Abilities First, commented, "It's an honor to receive the Torch Award to acknowledge our efforts to follow ethical standards. As we went through the application process, it was good to reaffirm that our standards, processes, and decision making are based on ethics and integrity."

    Candidates for the 2012 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics were evaluated by an independent panel of judges selected from the business, nonprofit, and academic community using the following criteria and standards:

    • High ethical standards of behavior toward customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees, and communities in which they do business
    • Demonstrated ethical practices surrounding their buyer/seller relationships
    • Longstanding history/reputation of ethical practices in the marketplace
    • Marketing, advertising, communications, and sales practices which reflect a true representation of what is being offered in the marketplace
    • Acknowledgment of ethical marketplace practices by industry peers and in the communities where they do business
    • Management practices and policies that give long-term value to shareholders, customers, employees, vendors, and surrounding communities
    • Training programs that assist employees in carrying out established ethics policies

    Abilities First has provided services for children and adults with disabilities since 1958 beginning as Doty House. Programs include: 2 residential facilities, inclusive early childcare learning center, pediatric therapies, employment services for adults with disabilities, adult day program, community living homes, and autism preschool for children with autism. The primary service areas for Abilities First are: Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Montgomery, Preble, Greene, and Clarke counties in Ohio.

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