Dr. Beverly Kracher, CEO/Executive Director of the Business Ethics Alliance, bestowed The Alliance’s second Beacon of Ethics Award this month to Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman at the Business Ethics Alliance annual trustee meeting on Friday, October 24 where Oberhelman was keynote speaker.  Earlier this month Ben & Jerry’s Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings, Inc., accepted the award on October 7 at the 2014 Better Business Bureau Integrity Awards ceremony.

The Business Ethics Alliance confers the Beacon of Ethics Award upon individuals who have exhibited a life-long dedication to integrity and civic responsibility, while guiding and leading others toward ethical excellence.
Doug Oberhelman learned the values of trust and innovation working his way up through Caterpillar. He carried these values to model ethical leadership to Caterpillar’s 132,000 employees, all while displaying a dedication to environmental stewardship. The Business Ethics Alliance applauds him for upholding the high ethical standards on which Caterpillar was founded in 1925.

Jerry Greenfield believes that businesses can lead with their values and make money, too.   He intuitively knew the importance of integrating social and environmental concerns into a business, and making social responsibility part of the way a company operates while building one of the largest ice cream empires in the world.  The Business Ethics Alliance celebrates Mr. Greenfield’s visionary ethical leadership. For a full list of recipients, visit www.businessethicsalliance.org/beacon-of-ethics.