As you can see in today’s Albuquerque Journal, this is a great day for ethics and ethical behavior in business. Two for-profit businesses, a non-profit organization and two individuals are being recognized for earning the esteemed distinctions of being 2019 New Mexico Ethics in Business Award winners. And the awards are even more special this year, since we’re also celebrating the 20th anniversary of these wonderful awards and the second year of CNM being the proud stewards of the program.
First, I want to congratulate the awesome award winners who are featured in today’s Journal. They were nominated by their peers and had to undergo a very thorough process of ethical evaluation to emerge as this year’s distinguished winners. Each of them has a unique, inspiring story. But the common thread among all five is their unwavering commitment to integrity, honesty, and a culture of ethical behavior. Today, and at the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards ceremony on April 25, we will honor and celebrate their highly appreciated contributions to ethics in our state’s business community.
When CNM decided to step up to manage this awards program more than a year ago, we viewed it as more than just an opportunity to keep a highly regarded, once-a-year celebration of ethics alive and well in our community. As an institution of higher education with a Vision of “Changing Lives, Building Community” and a Core Value of “Be Ethical,” we saw this as an opportunity to serve our state by helping to elevate discussions related to ethics year-round.
We live in an increasingly complex world, and it’s not always as easy as we would hope for individuals and organizations to make the ethical decision in every situation for every stakeholder. It can be very challenging at times, even for the most well-intentioned, fair-minded people. Getting some advice from sage counsel – somebody who has successfully championed, modeled and nurtured a culture of ethical behavior in their organization – can be a precious resource.
That’s why CNM has launched an “Ethics Exchange” that is now available to businesses and organizations year-round. Your organization can request a former New Mexico Ethics in Business Award winner to come to your location and facilitate an informal discussion with your employees about how to advance a culture of ethics. Whether you prefer a brown-bag lunch discussion, a round-table discussion or another type of session, we will connect you with a former Ethics in Business award winner to engage you and your employees in the ethics topic of your choice. That could range from developing an ethical code; how to avoid common unethical pitfalls in business; addressing environmental concerns in business; the importance of moral leadership; embedding ethics in customer service; and many other potential topics.