On Monday it was announced in the Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook that Special Olympics New Mexico was selected to receive this year’s prestigious New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Nonprofit Organization. I have to say – this is the National Championship of awards.
After being nominated last year, SONM went through an extensive process, which began with interviews by students from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. Following those interviews we submitted a document reflecting how we demonstrate our organization’s principles around Leadership Character, Ethical Culture, Clear Purpose and Conviction, and Valuing People. We were then interviewed by members of the selection committee, who chose the award recipients to include Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business, Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice, Ethical Young Leadership Award for Youth Committed to Excellence, and Ethical Practice by a Non-Profit Organization.
This award doesn’t just speak of one person’s effort but years of people within our organization doing things right, demonstrating high levels of personal character, and meeting the highest standards of ethics. I believe that the motivation and inspiration to do the right thing,especially when those right decisions aren’t always as obvious as they seem, stems from valuing the Special Olympics athletes we serve. We have always and will continue to put their best interest first.