13th Annual Citizens Awards to Feature Big-Name Talent

November 19, 2012

On December 6, the Business Civic Leadership Center will host its 13th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards, where BCLC will recognize businesses who have found creative and effective ways to make a positive difference in society.

This year, nineteen finalists have been selected across four categories:  Best Corporate Steward, Best Business Neighbor, Best International Ambassador and Best Partnership Award. The finalists exemplify the growing trend of companies utilizing their unique core assets – their people, products/services, and specific industry knowledge – to change the world around them for the better.

Since 2000, the “Citizens” awards have celebrated the successful and inspiring ways in which businesses are innovators, problem solvers and humanitarians, and this year is no different. Finalists General Motors and Hilton Worldwide are taking risks on innovative recycling practices, Intel and Qualcomm are using corporate capital to invest in areas neglected by other sectors, and Google, Merck and the National Football League are building to scale to achieve national and global impact. You can learn more about the 20 finalists by visiting this link: http://bclc.uschamber.com/program/citizens-awards

The Awards evening itself will be a forum for doing good: Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi will premiere her highly anticipated new “Free Your Mind” music video, directed by Sunchase Media. Once it is released online, each viewing of the video will directly fund a class hour of education for students in East Africa -- made possible through a partnership with The School Fund and the Carmelita Group. The partnership is part of Malachi’s #IAM Campaign, whose mission is to use music as a vehicle for bringing education to students in developing countries. Malachi launched the campaign after recognizing that her new song, “Free Your Mind,” could be a tool for good in both its content and its reach. The #IAM Campaign’s goal is to provide 10,000 class hours per month for six months through individual viewings of the music video.