Last updateTue, 09 Oct 2018 8pm

Rio Grande earns Ethics in Business Award


The Samaritan Counseling Center has announced the recipients of its 15th Annual Ethics in Business Awards. Rio Grande was among three recipients of the Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business.

One of the nation’s largest suppliers to the jewelry industry, Rio Grande was founded in 1944 by Saul Bell and purchased just over a year ago by Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Rio Grande continues to be led by second-generation Bell family Alan, Molly and Eddie Bell, adhering to company principles that are embedded in their unique culture.

“It is really an honor to receive this award, considering the investigative efforts put into this process. Everyone at Rio Grande is proud and humbled to have been recognized as a recipient of this award,” says Molly Bell, executive vice president of Rio Grande.

Each of the 31 final nominees for the awards was subject to a rigorous selection process. Samaritan partnered with the Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico to complete an exhaustive report of each of the final nominees. A final selection committee then analyzed more than 800 pages of reports to select the final winners.

The Samaritan Counseling Center has hosted the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards since 2000. The program honors organizations and individuals who promote ethical business conduct for the benefit of the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the community. Ethical business practice is determined by right organizational and individual behavior based on high standards and exemplary practices.

More information on Rio Grande can be found at riogrande.com. For information on the 2014 Ethics in Business Awards, visit ethicsinbusinessnm.com.