IBM’s Ann Cramer Receives U.S. Chamber’s First ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for Corporate Citizenship

December 13, 2012

Contact: Bailey Gilchrist 202-463-5766

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 13, 2012 - At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center’s 13th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards last week, Ann Cramer, IBM’s director for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs for the Americas, received the BCLC Lifetime Achievement Award.  Cramer's award, the first of its kind from the Chamber’s BCLC, recognizes her leadership and contribution to the field of corporate citizenship, both as an IBM official and a member of BCLC’s board of directors.

“Ann is one of the strongest corporate citizenship officials in the United States,” said BCLC founder and executive director Stephen Jordan.  “At IBM, Ann played a vital role in the company’s leadership for community and societal issues before corporate citizenship became mainstream in American businesses.  She is an inspiration and mentor to many people, including me.”

In the last decade, corporate citizenship has steadily increased in importance as a business strategy for addressing societal challenges, such as education, sustainability, economic development, and disaster response.  

Cramer’s involvement with the U.S. Chamber and BCLC began in 2004, when she advised Jordan in the creation of a program called the Business Education Network.  IBM became part of BCLC’s corporate donor network in 2007, and Cramer joined the BCLC Board of Directors in 2011.

Cramer accepted the surprise award on December 6, during the Chamber BCLC’s event at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.  Cramer received a standing ovation from the 350 business and civic leaders at the event, as Jordan announced her name as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  Members of BCLC’s board of directorsjoined Jordan on stage to present the award.

“It’s hard to think of anyone more deserving of this recognition than Ann Cramer,” said Stanley S. Litow, IBM vice president of corporate citizenship & corporate affairs, and president of IBM’s foundation.  “Ann has been instrumental in helping to shape and execute not only IBM’s citizenship strategy across the U.S., but those of countless other organizations as well.  Her professional acumen, complemented by an endearing, personable approach, has made her an innovator and invaluable resource.  We at IBM sincerely congratulate Ann for receiving the first U.S. Chamber of Commerce BCLC Lifetime Achievement Award -- a richly earned distinction.”

BCLC is the U.S. Chamber’s resource and voice for businesses’ social and philanthropic interests.  Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.