Deborah Brady: President & General Manager of

Western Ontario Better Business Bureau

Deborah Brady, pictured above alongside President Lillian Reid, is the President and General Manager of the Western Ontario Better Business Bureau.  Deborah spoke to us this Thursday on what the Better Business Bureau (BBB) does as "the ethical link between businesses and consumers". 

 

For over 100 years, BBB has helped people make smarter decisions and is evolving to meet fast changing marketplace needs by:

  • Setting standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance. Almost 400,000 Accredited Businesses meet and commit to our high standards.
  • Helping consumers identify trustworthy businesses, and those that aren’t, through more than 4 million BBB Business Reviews.
  • Setting standards for and evaluating thousands of advertisements each year to ensure that people can trust what advertisers say.
  • Setting standards for and evaluating the practices of thousands of charities so that donors know where their money is going.
  • Coaching businesses on ethical behavior and how to build stronger, more trusting relationships with their customers.

BBB Vision:
An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other.

BBB Mission:
BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. We do this by:

  • Setting standards for marketplace trust
  • Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses
  • Celebrating marketplace role models
  • Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior
  • Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities

BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’ track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.

BBB ensures that high standards for trust are set and maintained. We exist so consumers and businesses alike have an unbiased source to guide them on matters of trust. We provide educational information and expert advice that is free of charge and easily accessible.

BBB Accreditation is an honor – and not every company is eligible. Businesses that meet our high standards are invited to join BBB. Businesses meeting BBB standards are presented to local Boards of Directors (or designees) for review and acceptance as a BBB Accredited Business.

All BBB accredited businesses have agreed to live up to our Standards for Trust. Our Standards for Trust are a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices focused on how businesses should treat the public – fairly and honestly in all circumstances.

BBB does not compare businesses against each other, but rather evaluates businesses against our standards – and our standards clearly speak to the character and competence of an organization.

BBB is the resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses. Our network of national and local BBB operations allows us to monitor and take action on thousands of business issues affecting consumers at any given time.

BBB is your key advisor, most reliable evaluator and most objective expert on the topic of trust in the marketplace.

For more information on the Western Ontario BBB visit their website at:  http://www.bbb.org/western-ontario 

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