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And the Winners Are...


Since 2004, the Willamette University MBA program has served as a founding member of the Oregon Ethics in Business (OEIB) program.  The OEIB Awards honor those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated ethical business practice in its broadest interpretation: in the workplace, the marketplace, the environment, and the community.

From 23 nominations and 9 finalists, the winners are...

Business Category (Tie):

The Collins Companies

The Collins Companies is a vertically integrated wood products firm that focuses on forestry, environmentally sensible harvesting, milling and production, and transportation. It is a 156-year-old operation with 700 employees in facilities throughout Oregon, Northern California, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Collins Companies is a private company, adhering to a strict moral code, a clear mission, purpose, vision and core values.

Wildish Companies

Wildish is a family-owned business, comprised of four companies, Sand & Gravel, Building, Paving, and Construction with over 500 employees. Wildish is located in Eugene, Oregon, but has equipment and crews throughout Oregon. From mining and crushing aggregate to bridge and highway construction projects, Wildish serves clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. The goal of the company is to provide high-quality service by being a leader in the industry, valuing employees, respecting the environment, and supporting the community.

Not-for-Profit Category:

NextStep Recycling

NextStep Recycling is a community service organization based in Eugene, Oregon. It has implemented a three-part mission, which pledges to educate and empower disadvantaged citizens by providing access to electronics, recycling electronics in an environmentally sound manner, and providing skill-training opportunities to the disadvantaged population. Since 1999, the organization has recycled over 10,900,000 pounds of electronic waste, while refurbishing over 23,000 computer systems. During that time period, over 2,300 volunteers have donated approximately 196,000 hours.

Individual Category:

George Rode

George Rode is the president and owner of Autohaus, Euro-Asian Automotive, and Stadium Automotive repair shops in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to servicing cars for over thirty years, he has also been involved in numerous activities within his community including: volunteering for Meals on Wheels and SCORE, membership in the Chamber of Commerce, serving on the boards of McKenzie Personnel and Eugene Police Civilian Review Board, as well as being President of the Southtown Rotary Club.

To nominate a business, not-for-profit organization or individual for the 2013 Oregon Ethics in Business Awards, please complete the online nomination form.