Four Companies Reflect the Best of Today’s Business Involvement in Society
WASHINGTON, D.C.—November 18, 2011—Grainger, Kraft Foods, Pfizer/Pfizer Foundation and UnitedHealth Group took home top honors at the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) 12th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards presentation last night. Three of the four winners emphasized health and wellness initiatives, a marked contrast from previous years when issues such as education, skills training, and volunteerism have dominated.
“Health and wellness is one of the top issues facing business and society today,” said U.S. Chamber BCLC Founder and Executive Director Stephen Jordan. “Clearly companies aren’t just sitting back waiting for solutions. They are identifying ways that they can take direct action and make a difference themselves.”
The U.S. Chamber BCLC presented awards in the following categories:
Best U.S. Business Neighbor— UnitedHealth Group received the Best Business Neighbor award for deploying vast resources and technological expertise to combat America’s diabetes epidemic. Diabetes and prediabetes affect 105 million people across the country.
Best International Ambassador — Pfizer Inc. and the Pfizer Foundation received this award for their work throughout the world to fight neglected non-communicable diseases and their associated risks, such as tobacco use. Over the past four years, the company has invested $47 million in cancer and tobacco-control partner organizations in 46 countries.
Best Corporate Stewardship— Kraft Foods won this category for its overall culture, its operational practices, and for creating shared value benefitting both the company and society. Kraft Foods’ global priorities focus on sustainability and health & well-being, including the underlying issues of obesity and malnutrition.
Best Partnership — After a judging process that involved nearly 45,000 public votes, Grainger and its nonprofit partner, American Red Cross, emerged as the winners of this people’s choice category for their decade-long collaboration to create disaster-ready communities through employee volunteerism across the United States.
The 12th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards presentation took place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and overall recognized 20 leading corporate citizens as winners and honorees.
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 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.