Categories & Judges


2013 Category Description and Criteria

Best Commitment to Education Program

The Citizen award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on improving educational outcomes for students. Eligible initiatives could focus on a number of topics including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), early education, K-12, teacher training, access to technology & resources, or continuing education among others. The initiative must show a commitment to improving student achievement and demonstrate measurable results.


Best Community Improvement Program

The Citizen award for this category recognizes a company’s strategic work to improve local communities. Eligible initiatives could focus on a number of topics including green space, arts & culture, neighborhood revitalization, youth development, or safety among others.


Best Disaster Response & Community Resilience Program

The Citizen award for this category recognizes a company’s work in disaster response and creating more resilient communities. Eligible initiatives could focus on a number of topics including preparedness, response, & recovery, infrastructure, or housing among others.


Best Economic Empowerment Program

The Citizen award for this category recognizes a company’s work to empower individuals through economic and business empowerment initiatives. Eligible initiatives could focus on a number of topics including financial inclusion, financial literacy, women’s economic empowerment, small & medium-sized business empowerment, diversity & inclusion, veterans, access to water & energy, access to finance, food security, or job skills training among others.


Best Environmental Stewardship

The Citizen award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on the environment. Eligible initiatives could focus on a number of topics including energy & water use, sustainable procurement/supply chain, packaging & recycling, fleet & transportation, or conservation among others.


Best Health and Wellness Program

The Citizen award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on health and wellness. Eligible initiatives could focus on a number of topics including workplace wellness, community wellness, nutrition & obesity, disease prevention, access to health services, or Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (W.A.S.H) among others.


Best Corporate Steward

A corporate steward is a company that conducts its business in a way that creates “shared value.” This means creating value for shareholders, delivering high quality products and services to customers, providing a great place to work for employees, supporting the wellbeing and development of communities near and far, reducing environmental footprint, and helping suppliers to deliver shared value too. A corporate steward follows the letter and spirit of the law, and goes well beyond this to contribute actively to enhancing the communities in which it operates and care for the environment in a way that supports the long-term success of business.  

The Best Corporate Steward recognizes companies that are responsive and responsible members of society, whose overall values, operational practices, and decision-making exemplify “shared value."


2013 JUDGING

Finalists Selection:

  • A committee of corporate citizenship professionals will be convened to review all applications in a single category.
  • No more than five finalists will be selected in each category.
  • The top applications in each category as designated by the committees will move on to the finalist round.

Winner Selection:  A select committee of business and societal experts is convened by USCCF. The committees review each of the finalists and determine the winner. See the elite group of judges below.

Best Corporate Steward

  • Jean Case, CEO, The Case Foundation
  • Martin Reeves, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
  • Joe Sibilia, Chairman and CEO, CSRwire
  • Hugh Welsh, President, DSM North America

Best Community Improvement Program, Best Economic Empowerment Program, and Best Health and Wellness Program 

  • Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Office of Partnerships
  • Alyse Nelson, CEO, Vital Voices
  • Billy Shore, Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength
  • Joe Suarez, Director/Executive Advisor, Community Partnerships, Booz Allen Hamilton

Best Disaster Response & Community Resilience Program and Best Environmental Stewardship Program 

  • Margaret Davidson, Program Manager for Climate Service Development Director, NOAA
  • Claude Griffin, Social Investment Manager, Shell Oil Company
  • Diana Lind, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief, Next City
  • Michael Schmitz, Executive Director, ICLEI
  • Bill Shireman, CEO, Future 500
  • Daniel Stoecker, Executive Director, National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters

Best Commitment to Education Program

  • Mike Edwards, President and CEO, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Rick Hess, Education Policy Expert, American Enterprise Institute
  • Kathy Havens Payne, Director of Education Leadership, State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Kelli Wells, US Education Program Manager, GE Foundation