|Employees of the Jaindl Companies accept the Societas Award for Responsible Corporate Conduct. (Photo by Nate Bridge '13) |
On January 31, at the DeSales University Center, the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace announced that the Jaindl Companies won the 2012-2013 Societas Award for Responsible Corporate Conduct.
Jaindl Farms is a fully integrated turkey farm, breeding, hatching, growing, processing and marketing turkeys—while Jaindl Land Co. owns and develops land in Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, and Schuylkill counties.
The Societas Award competition was introduced in 2011 to demonstrate how real companies apply ethical business practices in the course of their daily operations. Three companies were selected as finalists for this year’s award after completing a rigorous application process. They were Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.; Jaindl Companies; and Prudential Patt, White Real Estate.
The award program, which was attended by more than 125 local business professionals, included stories about each finalist that highlighted aspects of their organizations that the Societas Award measures. The multi-media presentations were narrated by business students from DeSales University. The program also featured a speech from Gerald Nau, chairman and chief executive officer of Lafayette Ambassador Bank, last year’s winner. Nau and Kevin Flemming ’97, president of Integrity Personnel, Inc., and the chairman of the award committee, announced Jaindl as the winner in the final part of the formal program.
Company President David Jaindl accepted the award on behalf of his businesses, taking time to recognize each of the family members and employees present at the event. During the program, Flemming explained that all three finalists have earned a high honor in achieving their place at the event. He said, “The criteria in this competition is detailed, requiring the companies to evaluate and describe a number of aspects of their organizations that meet best practices in business and corporate citizenship. The resulting documents require binders that are inches thick.”
The finalists’ submissions were evaluated by independent judges using a quantified scoring method for each section. The winner is the company that receives the highest gross score. Curtis “Hank” Barnette, chairman emeritus of Bethlehem Steel, and Paul Huck, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., served as this year’s judges.
The Societas Award for Responsible Corporate Conduct is awarded annually by the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace. The competition is open to all for-profit companies operating in Eastern Pennsylvania.
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 at www.ethicsforum.org.
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