2021 Winners

2021 Citizens Awards Winners

Congratulations to the 22nd Annual Citizens Awards Winners

For more than 20 years, the Citizens Awards have recognized purpose-driven businesses for their leadership in solving the world’s biggest challenges. This year's winners demonstrate how the private sector is accelerating momentum for a more equitable and sustainable future.

Best Corporate Steward: Large Business

From contributing more than $155 million to support pediatric cancer to implementing sustainable practices and prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace, Aflac is driving positive change in communities and remains committed to the mantra that doing good is good business. Aflac’s culture of compassion guided the company through the tumultuous year of 2020 and sparked innovation that furthered the company’s impact in the areas of philanthropy, DE&I, and sustainability. 

Best Corporate Steward: Small- and Middle-Market Business

A 40-year-old company founded on a shared-value concept of helping nonprofits leverage technology, Blackbaud has grown to serve the broader ecosystem of social good organizations and today has enables customers to raise, grant, and invest more than $100 billion each year. Ninety-two percent of Blackbaud’s employees volunteer, serving a combined 100,000 hours annually and demonstrating their commitment to community service.

Best Community Improvement Program

Liberty Mutual invests its financial strength and employee expertise in helping youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness become rare, brief, and non-recurring. The company has helped 674 young people exit to stable housing and 152 young people find transitional housing between 2018 and 2020. Since 2018, Liberty Mutual has committed $13.9 million to YYA homelessness efforts in Boston.

Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, GM recognized its unique supply chain relationships and harnessed its ability to quickly scale manufacturing. The company partnered with Ventec Life Systems to build more than 30,000 ventilators at its manufacturing facility; additionally, more than 5,000 employees volunteered to make and distribute more than 7 million masks across the country. 

Best Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program

Ensuring that struggling customers receive bill payment assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a long-standing component of Entergy’s poverty-relief efforts that gained momentum during the pandemic. Entergy helped more than 250,000 bills get paid with $65.4 million in assistance, exceeding the goal by almost $20 million and increasing bill payments by 26 percent over 2019.

Best Commitment to Education Program

Mastercard’s Girls4Tech program leverages the company’s expertise in payment technologies and cybersecurity to inspire girls around the world to become the tech leaders of tomorrow. Since its launch in 2014, Girls4Tech has become the world’s largest STEM program for girls, spanning 44 countries. More than 6,000 Mastercard mentors have shown 1.6 million girls how their skills and strengths can lead them toward a variety of careers in STEM.

Best Health and Wellness Program

Bayer was the first pharmaceutical company to successfully implement Kits4Life for its U.S. clinical trial sites, a first-of-its kind program to enable donations of unused clinical trial supplies for humanitarian aid. This collaboration is strengthening healthcare delivery efforts by expanding distribution of supplies to under-resourced settings, as well as closing the healthcare gap worldwide, impacting thousands of lives. As a result of Bayer’s and other sponsor efforts, more than 14,000 people around the world have benefitted from receiving these supplies.

Best Sustainability Program

Biogen’s Healthy Climate, Healthy LivesTM is a $250 million, 20-year commitment to eliminate fossil fuel dependence, engage employees and suppliers around shared climate goals, and advance the science and action on climate, health, and equity. Biogen is collaborating with leading institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, to help address the impact of the climate crisis on the health of vulnerable communities and create a more sustainable, equitable future.