Corporate Citizenship Spotlight on Core Expertise and Employee Talent

September 19, 2012

To find leading examples of the innovative and diverse ways business makes a difference in society, look no further than the Corporate Citizenship Awards. Since 2000, the “Citizens” Awards have spotlighted successful, inspired, and replicable models of positive business impact on people, communities and the environment.

Photo Credit: Capital One 

In 2012, collectively the finalists are characterized by the proof they offer that core business expertise and employee talent are among the most valuable ways businesses engage in society. 

Here’s a sneak peek at the stories we have to share with you on the Citizens Awards website:

Alcoa -- Creating sustainable community development and mining practices in the Juruti region in the Amazon rainforest

Capital One Financial Corporation -- Creating economic opportunity for individuals and communities, as the core of its business strategy and chief strategic societal priority

Caterpillar -- With nonprofit partner First Response Team of America, conducting debris-clearing services in the immediate aftermath of US disasters

Dow Chemical Company -- Fightng the effects of the recession in its hometown Michigan region through the DowGIVES community support program

DSM -- Creating "brighter lives for people today and generations to come” (DSM's mission) through DSM's five-year corporate strategy, DSM in motion: driving focused growth

FedEx -- Providing technical support to a global program that helps eliminate preventable blindness

General Motors -- Recycling 90% of its worldwide facilities' waste -- and generating $2.5 billion in revenue

GlaxoSmithKline -- Providing expertise and resources for WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) programs to help youth avoid preventable diseases

Google -- Running a program to help get small businesses online -- making the reality of growth 40% faster for them and leading to businesses twice as likely to create jobs

Hilton Worldwide -- With nonprofit partner Global Soap Project, collecting and re-processing hotel soap bars to distribute to vulnerable populations, such as refugees and disaster victims, in poverty-stricken countries

Photo Credit: General Motors

IBM - Simply put, building a smarter planet. 

Intel --  With nonprofit partner World Vision, sending its best employees to participate in the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC), which bolsters educational opportunities in developing countries

Merck and General Mills -- With nonprofit partner CARE, supporting "Join My Village," an online community that "unlocks" funds to fight poverty and create opportunity for women and girls in Malawi and India

National Football League (NFL) -- fighting youth obesity through "NFL PLAY 60" to teach children the importance of physical activity for their long-term health and the need to get 60 minutes of play per day

Qualcomm -- Setting up a mobile technology-based business model to create opportunity for entrepreneurs in Indonesia

UnitedHealth Group -- Improving their everyday well-being and quality of life for millions of people

UPS Foundation -- Deploying Logistics Action Teams to help communities globally prepare for and respond to disasters

WellPoint Foundation – With nonprofit partners Boys & Girls Clubs of America, providing educational and support programs to fight childhood obesity

Xylem Inc. -- dedicating its assets and expertise to "solving water" to protect communities from the impact of natural disasters

Cast your vote today in the “people’s choice” campaign to select the Best Partnership winner.

The award categories are Best Corporate Steward, Best Business Neighbor, Best International Ambassador, and Best Partnership. Visit each category page for the full stories about these finalists. Once again, we’re running the “people’s choice” campaign to select the winner for the Best Partnership category, so cast your vote today!

The 2012 winners -- one per category -- will be announced on December 6, 2012 at the awards celebration in Washington, D.C.

Exciting Announcement

We are so pleased to welcome Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi (@Carolyn_Malachi) to the 2012 awards program!

Carolyn -- and special guests -- will premiere her highly anticipated new "Free Your Mind" music video at Citizens Awards celebration on Dec. 6th, in what is sure to become a new “top 10 moment” in BCLC history. Learn more about Carolyn

Corporate Citizenship Awards Website