Recognizing the Powerful and Positive Impact of Business

October 1, 2015
Marc DeCourcey
Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Corporate Citizenship Center will host its annual conference on Oct. 5-7.

By Marc DeCourcey

This month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host two of its signature events. The first, our 2015 Corporate Citizenship Conference, focuses on helping companies create an even greater impact through their corporate citizenship work. This year’s theme, Connect the Dots: How Businesses Solve Global Challenges Locally, will explore on how businesses build engagements that align local impact to global strategy and will showcase successful business examples.

Every year, our annual conference features the biggest names in business and this year is no different. I encourage you to explore the agenda, join us October 5 – 7, and learn from leaders including:

  • Soledad O'Brien, CEO, Starfish Media Group
  • Daymond John, Founder & CEO, FUBU; Star of ABC's Shark Tank and; CEO, Shark Branding
  •  Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation
  • Naomi Whittel, Founder and CEO, Reserveage Nutrition
  • Blair Taylor, Chief Community Officer, Starbucks

That same week, on October 6, the U.S. Chamber Foundation will name the eight winners of the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Awards. Now in its 16th year, the Citizens Awards honor companies for the positive impact they make in communities around the world. This year’s finalists are mentoring the next generation of leaders, fighting malnutrition, revitalizing entire communities, and so much more.

 As some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the world, the 2015 finalists use their scale and reach to create the greatest possible impact. It’s important to remember that these finalists are able to contribute and invest in communities because they first succeeded as a business. Businesses that do well do good. And a thriving business sector contributes to a thriving society and stronger communities.

Marc DeCourcey is executive director of the Corporate Citzenship Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.