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CenterPoint Energy named winner of 2013 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics
BBB Award for Ethics
Standing atop the bridge to nowhere at the Guthrie Theater, CenterPoint Energy employees proudly display the 2013 BBB Torch Award for Ethics for largest business.

MINNEAPOLIS – October 29, 2013 – CenterPoint Energy was named winner in the largest business category by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota at the 2013 Torch Awards Ceremony held today at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.  The Torch Award for Ethics is given by the BBB to publicly recognize and acknowledge the outstanding level of ethics, customer service and integrity in all aspects of a business’s operations.

“At CenterPoint Energy, we live our values every day - integrity, accountability, initiative and respect.  It’s a standard principle we’ve held for over 140 years,” said Joe Vortherms, vice president of Gas Operations in Minnesota. “Operating ethically is simply what we do. This award reflects the ethical work of all of our employees and the work we do in the community on a daily basis.”

For the past two years, CenterPoint Energy has been nominated for the BBB Torch Award.  Last year, CenterPoint Energy was also recognized at the International Torch Awards in Washington D.C. by the BBB as a 100 year accredited business in Minnesota, adding the company to the BBB Centennial Honor Roll. 

About the BBB:
For 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2011, consumers turned to BBB more than 100 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 114 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation. 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and competitive natural gas sales and services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The company also owns a 58.3 percent limited partner interest in a midstream partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. with operations in major natural gas and liquids-rich producing areas of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. With more than 8,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit