Now that you have that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day (you’re welcome), I might as well put a little meat on the bones and explain the title’s relevance. Greater Washington is flush with corporate award competitions bestowed upon organizations large and small for being the most profitable, the greenest, the most innovative and, well you get the picture.
While all significant, one could argue that in today’s news cycle filled with headlines of CXO malfeasance and fraudulent activity that the 2008 National Capital Business Ethics Award (NCBEA) carries a great deal of weight. This year’s NCBEA winner, High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTi), is no stranger to the podium as it has been a semi-finalist every year since 2004.
“Administered by the Society of Financial Service Professionals, in partnership with George Mason University, the NCBEA recognizes companies that have demonstrated their integrity, civic and social responsibility, and business excellence in the Greater Washington region.”
HPTi’s win was announced at the October NCBEA awards gala, with the firm notching the distinction in the large-company category (Mid-Atlantic firms with 250+ employees). What HPTi notes in its press release issued today reveals a key component to instilling strong ethics for so many years. Rather than being reactionary or looking for “check-the-box” initiatives, HPTi “…ties its core values into essential business practices like performance reviews, promotions, interviews, and client satisfaction.” In other words, ethics are ingrained into every aspect of the business.
HPTi provides professional technology services to the federal government, with core capabilities that include computational science, enterprise technology and planning, systems architecture and engineering, secure mission software development, and knowledge discovery and visualization. Accepting the award on behalf of HPTi at the ceremony was Timothy P. Keenan, president and chairman of the board of directors. As one of the founders, Keenan has played a key role ingraining strong ethics throughout the organization.