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Nomination Process

What is the nomination deadline?

The deadline to submit an application is June 23, 2017.

Who is eligible to apply?

Business of all sizes, trade associations, and chambers of commerce are eligible to apply for the award.

Does a company have to nominate itself or can a third-party submit a nomination on a company’s behalf?

Any entity may nominate itself or be nominated by a third party.  Given the public format of finalist information, third-party nominators should ensure the nominated entity is aware of the application and prepared to participate in awards activities.  

What if my program could fit in multiple categories?

This is very common as corporate citizenship programs often address societal issues that are intertwined. You are not limited in the number of submissions so we recommend nominating the program in each of the applicable categories. We do recommend tailoring your answers to address the respective category. However, a company can only be a named a finalist in one category.

What makes a strong nomination?

Here are a few tips from past winners and judges:

  • Review the quality of the project based on its goals, metrics, and results.
  • Analyze how well the project is integrated into the company’s mission and how it adds value back into the company.
  • Instead of worrying about the size of project, consider the size of its impact. Impact on the communities you serve as well as impact on the company.
  • Include all types of contribution—financial, intellectual, employee, in-kind, etc.
  • Emphasize how your whole company has integrated sustainability and corporate citizenship into its operations (for Best Corporate Steward Awards).
  • Be mindful of the word limits—tell your story succinctly.
  • Ask fellow colleagues or others who are not as familiar with the project as you are if the nomination makes sense or if there are any gaps.
  • Provide a narrative—telling a story which paints a picture can strengthen your nomination.
  • Be candid. Let your passion come through. Judges appreciate honesty.

How is my nomination scored and who are the judges?

Nominations are scored based off of a weighted rubric giving more value to the strategic development, execution, and proof of positive impact of the project.

There are two rounds of judging—the finalist selection round and the winner selection round. The finalist selection round is judged by corporate citizenship and nonprofit professionals who review all of the applications in a single category and select the finalists. The winner selection round is judged by business and societal experts selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to review the finalist nominations and select the overall winner. Past judges have included CEO’s, U.S. Secretaries, and university professors. 

Should I nominate a new program or one that has existed within the company for many years?

For the programmatic categories, the nomination should focus intensively on a single initiative within a larger business or corporate citizenship strategy. Initiatives should be created and managed from within the nominated organization and provide results from either the year 2015 or 2016.

For the Best Corporate Steward Awards, the nomination should focus on the company's overall corporate citizenship strategy and commitment. 

Why is the financial statement requested for the Best Corporate Steward Award?

The Best Corporate Steward Award is all about “Doing Well and Doing Good.” We ask to see the financials to verify that the company is able to sustain and grow business operations for its employees, shareholders, and citizenship activities. 

Is there a fee to nominate a company?

There is no fee to nominate.

Do you accept additional support materials?

We do not accept additional support materials. A strong, well-written nomination should be able to convey all of the necessary information within the parameters of the nomination form.  Should a nomination be selected as a finalist, then we will ask for additional materials such as project photos and videos.

Can the answers be saved so the nomination can be completed and submitted at a later date?

Yes they can! Once you have created a profile and begun the process of nominating a company, your answers will be automatically saved throughout the editing process. You may log out and log back in and start right where you left off. This also allows you to share the nomination draft with others who may need to review before submitting the final nomination form.


Finalist and Winner Annoucement 

When are the Citizens Awards Finalists named?

In Fall 2017, the U.S. Chamber Foundation will name the 24 finalists of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards. The finalists will be the three nominations that scored the highest in each of the eight categories.

When are the Citizens Awards Winners named?

In November 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host the Citizens Awards Gala to name the eight winners of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards. The Awards Gala is held in conjunction with the Foundation’s annual Corporate Citizenship Conference.

We ask that every finalist company attend the gala to be present when the winners are named.

Can I sponsor the Awards Gala?

Yes! This program would not be possible without the generous support of companies who believe in recognizing businesses for the good they do in communities around the world. There are multiple opportunities to support this program. Contact Rebecca Mousseau at rmousseau@uschamber.com to learn more.

Will the Chamber Foundation provide support for communicating the finalists and winners?

Yes, in advance of both the Finalist and Winner announcements the Chamber Foundation will provide a communications toolkit to help companies communicate their awards status to their stakeholders. The toolkit will contains sample media materials, sample social media messaging, and more.