The Journey to Find the Best Corporate Citizens

June 27, 2013

Although it still feels like it was yesterday, it was nearly a year ago when I was surprisingly called to the stage to proudly accept the Best Corporate Steward award on behalf of DSM at last year’s Corporate Citizenship Awards. Since that time BCLC has been busy; busy planning the 2013 event and busy looking for those organizations the best reflect what good corporate citizenship means.  BCLC has already closed nominations for this year’s Corporate Citizenship awards and are in the process of selecting this year’s finalists. DSM was honored and thrilled to humbly accept the Best Corporate Steward Award in 2012, and we’re just as pleased and honored this year to have the privilege to serve as the Chair for the 2013 Awards.

Doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. Corporate integrity, ethical governance, sustainability initiatives and work helping the communities, countries, and the developing world we as corporations have the privilege of operating in is not a just nice thing to do, it is the true path to long term competitive advantage for our enterprises.   DSM is in many businesses such as pharmaceuticals, biomedical materials, engineering plastics, food ingredients, renewable fuels and chemicals, resins and fibers.

DSM is also a world leader in nutrition. With this power and influence comes a privilege, a responsibility to work tirelessly to improve the lives of billions of people who suffer from hidden hunger. We, like many of you, must earn our right to exist every day; by delivering financial results for our shareholders, meeting the needs of our customers, and treating our employees and other stakeholders appropriately. Additionally, we have a responsibility to use our innovation, technology, and passionate workforce to find solutions to problems such as micronutrient deficiency, and share our scientific and thought leadership with the communities within which we work, the government, academia, NGO stakeholders, and the world.

Working to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges such as climate change, food security, gender equality, rapidly increasing urbanization and population growth, and water scarcity is not only the right thing to do, it is smart business. Now more than ever we need a strong, innovative, and adaptable business community ready to tackle some of the planet’s most endemic problems. In doing so will create the economic growth, investments, jobs, new ways of working, and new technologies, both here in the United States and around the world, that will serve as the foundation for an ever improving quality of life for people and their communities today and for generations to come.

This year the Citizens Awards judges will select 24 of the top businesses to honor for their exemplary work in the field of corporate citizenship. We’re excited to serve as this year’s Awards chair, and hope you will join us on this journey to find the best in business over the next few months. Check back to the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s BCLC website on September 18, vote for the Best Partnership between a business and a nonprofit, and join us on November 21 when we name the winners. This is an exciting time at BCLC and in American business, and we look forward to continuing to share this journey with all of you.