About the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards

The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards program is a collaboration of the Daniels Fund, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and the Community Foundation of Utah. Our goal is to recognize Utah businesses, nonprofit organizations and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors. One organization from each sector will be recognized with a Utah Ethical Leadership Award. The winner of the business category will be recognized with the Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award. All business, nonprofit and government entities that conduct themselves within the ethical standards of this award and meet our eligibility requirements are welcome to apply.

The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards are designed to recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels. Bill Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity and in the importance of absolute ethical principles. As an exceptionally honest businessman, he always based his decisions on what he believed was right — not just what he thought was best for himself or his company. This attitude and style of conducting business earned Bill Daniels incredible respect and loyalty throughout the business world.

The 2022 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards application is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2023 for the 2023 application. A team of academics and experts will review the applications. Finalists will be announced in August. We hope to celebrate with the finalists at an in-person breakfast recognition awards ceremony in September. However, our first priority is always the health and safety of our community members, faculty, staff, and students. If the quandaries associated with the current pandemic persist and do not allow for an in-person gathering at the University of Utah, we will host a virtual ceremony to recognize and celebrate the incredible organizations that have set examples as ethical leaders in the State of Utah.

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2022 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards

Six businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies that embody the spirit of ethical leadership were recognized at the 2022 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards.

The awards recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in the modern cable industry and former owner of the Utah Stars. Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity, and the importance of absolute ethical principles. An exceptionally honest businessman, Daniels always based his decisions on what he believed was right — not just what he thought was best for himself or his company. This attitude earned him respect and loyalty throughout the business world.

“The eight principles of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative reflect the values Bill Daniels felt were critical to his business success, just as they have guided the businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations here today,” said Daniels Fund President and CEO Hanna Skandera. “All the organizations recognized today should be celebrated as great examples of ethical leadership in the State of Utah.”

This year’s awards honor six organizations — three winners and three finalists — who embody that spirit. Two businesses, two nonprofits, and two government agencies were recognized.

This year’s winners and finalists, honored the morning of Sept. 30, are:

Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award in Business

Overall Winner: Mountain America Credit Union

Finalist: BHI

Nonprofits

Overall Winner: Adopt A Native Elder Program

Finalist: Catholic Community Services

Government Agencies

Overall Winner: Summit County Sheriff’s Office

Finalist: Salt Lake County Council on Diversity Affairs

The honorees were announced at a breakfast celebration on Friday, Sept. 30 at the David Eccles School of Business. All finalists were invited to attend the event.

The awards program is sponsored by the Daniels Fund, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at the David Eccles School of Business, the Community Foundation of Utah, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, and Utah Business Magazine.

Winners exhibit exemplary demonstration of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles:

    • Integrity – Act with honesty in all situations
    • Trust – Build trust in all stakeholder relationships
    • Accountability – Accept responsibility for all decisions
    • Transparency – Maintain open and truthful communications
    • Fairness – Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships
    • Respect – Honor the rights, freedoms, views and property of others
    • Rule of Law – Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations
    • Viability – Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders

2021 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards

Six businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies that embody the spirit of ethical leadership were recognized at the 2021 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards.

The awards recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in the modern cable industry and former owner of the Utah Stars. Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity, and the importance of absolute ethical principles. An exceptionally honest businessman, Daniels always based his decisions on what he believed was right — not just what he thought was best for himself or his company. This attitude earned him respect and loyalty throughout the business world.

“The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards Program celebrates ethical leadership in the spirit of Bill Daniels. The competition within categories was fierce, and all the organizations recognized today should be celebrated as great examples of ethical leadership in the State of Utah,” said Daniels Fund President and CEO Hanna Skandera.

This year’s awards honor nine organizations — three winners and three finalists — who embody that spirit. Two businesses, two nonprofits, and two government entities were recognized.

This year’s winners and finalists honored Friday morning were:

Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award in Business

  • Overall Winner – Zions Bank
  • Finalist – Gem City Fine Foods

Nonprofit

  • Overall Winner – CAPSA
  • Finalist – The Christian Center of Park City

Government

  • Overall Winner – Salt Lake County COVID-19 Response
  • Finalist – Summit County

The honorees were announced at a virtual celebration on Friday, Sept. 17. All finalists were invited to attend the breakfast.

The awards program is sponsored by the Daniels Fund, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at the David Eccles School of Business, the Community Foundation of Utah, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, and Utah Business Magazine. Winners exhibit exemplary demonstration of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles:

  • Integrity – Act with honesty in all situations
  • Trust – Build trust in all stakeholder relationships
  • Accountability – Accept responsibility for all decisions
  • Transparency – Maintain open and truthful communications
  • Fairness – Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships
  • Respect – Honor the rights, freedoms, views and property of others
  • Rule of Law – Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations
  • Viability – Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders

2020 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards

Nine businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies that embody the spirit of ethical leadership were recognized at the 2020 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards.

The awards recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in the modern cable industry and former owner of the Utah Stars. Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity, and the importance of absolute ethical principles. An exceptionally honest businessman, Daniels always based his decisions on what he believed was right — not just what he thought was best for himself or his company. This attitude earned him respect and loyalty throughout the business world.

“The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards Program celebrates ethical leadership in the spirit of Bill Daniels. The State of Utah should be proud of the incredible organizations, companies, and agencies throughout the state that hold themselves to the highest ethical standards,” said Bo Peretto, Daniels Fund Senior Vice President, Ethics Initiative.

This year’s awards honor nine organizations — three winners and six finalists — who embody that spirit. Three businesses, three nonprofits, and three government entities were recognized.

This year’s winners and finalists honored Friday morning were:

Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award in Business

  • Overall Winner – MarketStar
  • Finalists – Mountain America Credit Union and Simplus

Nonprofit

  • Overall Winner – The Inn Between
  • Finalists – The Other Side Academy and Bicycle Collective

Government

  • Overall Winner – South Jordan City
  • Finalists – Utah Department of Administrative Services and Salt Lake County Office for New Americans

The honorees were announced at a virtual celebration on Friday, Sept. 18. All finalists were invited to attend the breakfast.

The awards program is sponsored by the Daniels Fund, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at the David Eccles School of Business, the Community Foundation of Utah, Utah Business Magazine and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah. Winners exhibit exemplary demonstration of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles:

  • Integrity – Act with honesty in all situations
  • Trust – Build trust in all stakeholder relationships
  • Accountability – Accept responsibility for all decisions
  • Transparency – Maintain open and truthful communications
  • Fairness – Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships
  • Respect – Honor the rights, freedoms, views and property of others
  • Rule of Law – Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations
  • Viability – Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders

2019 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards