New York (Aug. 12, 2004) -- The Global Center for Leadership & Business Ethics, an independent body established by Big Four firm KPMG to recognize individuals or organizations exhibiting extraordinary business ethics and leadership qualities, has begun accepting nominations for its Laureate Award & Medal Series.

The Laureate Award will honor a leader who best embodies the qualities of insight, ethics and courage, which are key attributes of leadership. Medals will also be awarded later this year in leadership, corporate governance, reporting & disclosure, social responsibility, and education.

"The Global Center's mission is to honor those who serve as beacons of responsible business, who have a deep sense of purpose and are committed to excellence in business ethics," said Global Center chairman William W. George. "We need role models today, especially those who have built their companies to meet the needs of all their stakeholders and provide leading examples of such best practices."

The center said that the international call for nominations for the Laureate Award & Medal Series has been sent to 9,000 senior corporate executives and audit committee chairs, business school deans and academic leaders, professional associations, members of Congress, regulatory agencies, and economists. Nominations are due by Sept. 24.

The center's board will review the nominees and award winners will be determined in November, with presentation of the awards during the same week in December when the Nobel Peace Prize is given in Oslo.

Nominations may be sent to: The Global Center for Leadership and Business Ethics, 345 Park Ave., New York, NY 10154-0102, U.S.A., or Much like the guidelines of the Nobel Foundation and the Norwegian Nobel Committee, nominations aren't required to comply with a particular format.

-- WebCPA staff

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