Better Business Bureau Recognizes Clear Channel Outdoor Americas – Chicago with Torch Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practices


Chicago, IL — Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA), (NYSE: CCO), a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, Inc., today announced that its Chicago Division was awarded the prestigious Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics is the most prominent award the BBB presents to a business. Clear Channel Outdoor Americas – Chicago’s recognition indicates it promotes and acts on the highest standards of business ethics promoted by the BBB. 

As a local business, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas – Chicago was honored for their excellence toward customers, employees, shareholders and communities at the Torch Awards ceremony on December 1, 2016 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. Judging criteria for the Torch Awards includes exceptional management practices, active community relations, transparent and consistent communications and marketing practices and a positive industry reputation. This year’s Torch Awards attracted more than double the number of previous nominations and expert judges spent an entire day evaluating the winning entries.

“It’s such a great feeling to know that our company and our team is acknowledged for all of the honorable work that we do,” said Carlos San Jose, President and General Manager of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas – Chicago. “The magnitude of receiving the Torch Award is immeasurable. We are so proud of this tremendous recognition and we are committed to upholding the highest level of standards and values our company has showcased thus far.” 

Clear Channel Outdoor Americas – Chicago’s office built a reputation on its ethical practices and is backboned by its values of honesty, respect and virtual collaboration. Its leadership on all levels ensures ethical practices via frequent employee training, ensuring workplace safety, implementing transparency in all practices and effectively communicating to employees and stakeholders. The company’s investment in the local community and support via donated space on billboards throughout Chicagoland help raise awareness for great non-profit causes and positively affects the quality of life across the region. Some corporate social responsibility initiatives Clear Channel Outdoor Americas – Chicago has spearheaded include American Red Cross blood drives and Greater Chicago Food Depository events.

“The Torch Award is the premier award the BBB can present to a company,” said Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Torch Award winners demonstrate the highest ethical standards of trust and behavior toward customers, business partners, shareholders, employees, and the communities in which they do business.” 

Clear Channel Outdoor Americas – Chicago’s seven county coverage includes over 17,000 signs reaching seven million people each week with the ability to reach 92 percent of adults 18+ in Chicagoland. Transit signage is located at various Chicago and suburban Amtrak and Metra train stations, buildings and airports including Chicago O’Hare and Midway airports. 

About Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: CCO) is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, with more than 650,000 displays in over 35 countries across five continents, including 43 of the 50 largest markets in the United States. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings offers many types of displays across its global platform to meet the advertising needs of its customers. This includes a growing digital platform that now offers over 1,050 digital billboards across 29 U.S. markets. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings’ International segment operates in 22 countries across Asia, Australia and Europe in a wide variety of formats.  More information is available at and


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