The Golden Rotary Club typically hands out its annual Ethics in Business awards at what the club’s president Allen Gregory describes as “a big blowout luncheon” each May, attended by 300 …
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The Golden Rotary Club typically hands out its annual Ethics in Business awards at what the club’s president Allen Gregory describes as “a big blowout luncheon” each May, attended by 300 people.
But while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made such a big gathering impossible for the time being, the Rotary Club decided that celebrating ethical businesses made was more important than ever in this current time of crisis.
So the CEOs of this this year’s recipients, PG Environmental and Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, were presented their awards in small separate ceremonies at the PG Environmental offices and on the lawn at the Foothills Art Center.
But that didn’t make receiving the award any less exciting, said Charley Shimanski, who is the president and CEO of Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. He called getting the award an “extra special” acknowledgement from the community of his nonprofit’s devotion to doing the right thing.
“It’s always great to be recognized in any capacity but its another thing entirely to be recognized in your own community because that’s where people know what is really going on,” Shimanski said.
While Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice keeps ethics central to all aspects of the care it provides, Shimanski said one the nonprofit’s biggest ethical commitments is its practice of taking care of “every patient that comes through our door.”
“Using ethics in your business means that you take care of people whether they can afford to pay for your services or not,” said Shimanski. “You take care of patients with whatever they need, even if they don’t have any insurance and that’s one of the blessings of what we do and that’s why this award means so much to us.”
Wes Ganter is the CEO of PG Environmental, a Golden company that provides services to state and Federal agencies responsible for protecting water resources. He called receiving the award “ a nice acknowledgement of PG Environmental’ s commitment to ethics.”
“Ethics is not something we take lightly and every person that works at PG Environmental has it in them,” Ganter said.
Martha Williams, the director of contracts at PG Environmental, said the company’s devotion to ethics begins with Ganter.
“I think it starts with him being our leader and the way he treats everyone and the way he supports people and gives them the tools they need to be successful,” Williams said. “And if they’re not then he tells them this is what you need and here’s how we’re going to help you and support you to become the best person you can be.”
Each year, two recipients are chosen by the students in the ethics class at the Colorado School of Mines from nominations submitted by members of the community. Each nominee submits an essay about their business’ ethical practices, which is then evaluated by the students.
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