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Snell & Wilmer Receives Top Honors at 2003 Better Business Bureau's Business Ethics Awards
PHOENIX (March 14, 2003) - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central/Northern Arizona awarded its 2003 BBB Business Ethics Awards at an event on Thursday, March 13, 2003, naming Snell & Wilmer Law Offices the Winner for Category Five; 100-999 employees. The firm was one of six category winners, from among 18 businesses recognized for demonstrating high standards of ethical conduct and practices, both internally and externally.
The law firm's Phoenix office, which was a BBB Business Ethics Awards Finalist in 2002, was judged on its ethical practices by an independent panel of community leaders according to criteria established by the Council of Better Business Bureaus' International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Snell & Wilmer's award was based upon its commitment to ethical business practices, including enforcement of its policy on professional conduct; creating and implementing a credo, Attorney Policy and procedure manual and Code of Professionalism; being among the first major law firms in the country to create an independent ethics committee; providing Continuing Legal Education internally and to other lawyers; forming the Western Institute for Corporate Governance to educate executives on developing effective corporate governance programs; producing and distributing various newsletters to clients dealing with ethics and timely issues; and investing in establishing a new branding effort that highlights the firm's dedication to ethical business practices.
Each application was scored by three separate independent judges, which include some of the top business leaders in our community. Having earned this local recognition, Snell & Wilmer is now being considered for the National BBB Business Ethics Award.