Societas Award Finalists Announced; Winner to Be Honored on January 31

by Tom McNamara | Jan 14, 2013

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace announced the finalists for the 2012/ 2013 Societas Award for Responsible Corporate Conduct. The winner of the competition will be revealed and presented with the award on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at DeSales University in Center Valley.

Three well-known regional companies made the list after completing a rigorous application process. They are: Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.; Jaindl Companies; and Prudential Patt, White Real Estate.

The Societas Award competition is open to all for-profit companies headquartered in Eastern Pennsylvania. To be considered for the award, companies submit detailed information about their business that addresses recognized elements of ethical business practices such as accountability in all levels of the organization, strong compliance systems, and corporate citizenship.

The competition was introduced in 2011 as a method for demonstrating how real companies apply ethical business practices in the course of their daily operations. The winner of the inaugural Societas Award that year was Lafayette Ambassador Bank.

Kevin Flemming, president of Integrity Personnel and chairman of the award committee, congratulated this year’s finalists: “All three companies provide a model for best practices. We’re eager to share their stories with the local business community because each of them provides an excellent example of how to maintain strong values while achieving business success.”

He explained that the winner is chosen by an independent panel of judges using an objective, numerical scoring method developed by Dr. David Gilfoil, director of the DeSales University MBA Program. The company that is ultimately selected for the award is not informed of its achievement prior to the award ceremony. “We put on a good show that highlights all of the finalists’ business models and provides a wonderful teaching moment for our business and university audience”, said Flemming. The multimedia pr‚Äčesentation includes DeSales business students and features elements from each company’s application.

The award luncheon begins at 12:00 on January 31st at the DeSales University Center. Tickets and tables can be purchased either through the Forum’s website at or by calling the Forum’s office at 610-282-1100 x1244.

About the Forum

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace is a not-for-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. The Forum seeks to provide opportunities for people to come together for study, reflection, conversation, and action on ethical issues in the workplace.

The Forum hosts a quarterly breakfast series at DeSales that feature guest lecturers on topics of controversy or current interests that have real-world ethical implications.

More information can be found on the Forum’s web page at

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Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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