2016 Best Corporate Steward -- Large Business Finalists


Cargill works at the intersection of food security and sustainability by nourishing people and protecting the planet. These focus areas not only aligned with its bottom line, it is their bottom line. Cargill’s core strategy—being the most trusted supplier of sustainable products and services—drives both sustainability and social impact efforts into the normal course of business operations.

In 2015, Cargill invested $3.43 billion in developed and emerging economies to build capacity and capabilities. From poultry in China to cocoa in Indonesia to grain and oilseed processing in Canada, Cargill aimed to increase the availability of safe, nutritious, affordable food for people around the world.

Cargill is committed to sustainable solutions that improve farmers’ livelihoods and the resilience of the global food system. Since 2010, they have provided training to more than 2.4 million farmers worldwide. 


Citi’s core mission is to serve as a trusted partner to clients by responsibly providing financial services that enable growth and progress. With over 230,000 employees across more than 160 companies, and exceeding 200 million customer accounts, Citi’s commitment to improving the communities in which it works is an integral part of the company’s strategic business strategy.

2015 represented huge progress for Citi in creating shared value across all of its citizenship activities. Significant investments in three key focus areas helped Citi reach more communities and increase its positive impact. First, to demonstrate its commitment to combatting climate change, Citi made a ten-year goal to lend, invest, and facilitate $100 billion in strategic innovations. Second, Citi strengthened its goal of catalyzing sustainable cities by supporting Citi Bike programs in several U.S. regions and raising capital for other sustainable transport solutions. Finally, Citi empowered people and communities by partnering with NYC, Chicago, and LA mayors to develop a campaign to increase U.S. citizenship for permanent residents and by investing in the future of low income urban youth through its Pathways to Progress program.


GSK, a science-led global health care company, is on a mission to help people do more, feel better, and live longer. GSK’s spirit of innovation is driving its leadership to modernize the traditional pharmaceutical business model and commercial practices. Its new approach delivers shared value and shows that a health care company can do well and do good.

GSK’s comprehensive shared value business model for sub-Saharan Africa and developing countries is called Investing in Africa and Developing Countries. The company invests to stimulate research of diseases in the developing world, increase access to medicines, build capacity, and deliver sustainable growth.

In 2015, GSK reported the doubling of the volume of their medicine supplied in least developed countries since the launch of the Africa Developing Countries Unit. They also supported the training of over 40,000 front-line health workers who reached 11 million underserved people.

The company’s vision is to make GSK products available to more of this population than ever before. GSK’s work isn’t just philanthropy; it’s a new way of doing business.