2016 Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Citizens Awards Winners!

For 16 years the Citizens Awards has honored excellence in corporate citizenship. This year's winners show the significant positive impacts businesses make in communities around the world. Learn about all the 2016 finalists.

Best Corporate Steward -- Large Business 

GSK is a science-led global health care company with a shared value business model. Through this, the company invests in research to combat diseases in the developing world, increase access to medicines, build capacity, and deliver sustainable growth. In 2015, GSK doubled the volume of their medicines supplied in least developed countries. 

Best Corporate Steward -- Small and Middle Market

Established as a Certified B Corporation in 2014, Network for Good uses data-driven insights and expert advice to help nonprofits develop smart, strategic fundraising programs that meet or exceed their fundraising goals and turn one-time donors into sustained supporters. 

Best Commitment to Education

To increase student exposure to STEM, Lockheed Martin funded the pilot program for Imagine Science. Imagine Science provides students with experiences that help cultivate an interest in STEM in a sustained way. 

Best Community Improvement Program

Fifty percent of households in the farming community of Lost Hills, California have at least one person who works at The Wonderful Company’s pistachios plant 13 miles away. The Wonderful Company has invested more than $15 million to revitalize Lost Hills. Their efforts led to a restored sense of community pride in Lost Hills and infrastructure improvements. 

Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program

In response to a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, FedEx created a plan with Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, and Water Missions to transport more than 178,000 pounds of relief supplies from the United States to Kathmandu. In total, FedEx provided $1 million in charitable support.

Best Economic Empowerment Program

Walmart’s strategy for empowering women rests on commitments to source from women-owned businesses (WOBs) and to train female suppliers to help grow and develop their enterprises. Since 2012, Walmart has sourced more than $16.46 billion in products and services from WOBs and has trained more than 762,000 women around the world. 

Best Environmental Stewardship Program

Optoro has developed a software to evaluate the environmental impact of traditional reverse logistics programs and to help retailers sell returned and excess inventory directly to consumers, bypassing landfills. In a pilot partnership with Groupon, the model has so far measured a 60% decrease in waste.

Best Health and Wellness Program

Through HCSC’s partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, the two organizations partner to help pediatric patients with asthma, which affects 6.1 million kids nationwide.