U.S. Chamber Foundation Names Corporate Citizenship Awards Finalists

September 17, 2013

Businesses and Nonprofits Recognized for Collaboration and Community Impact

WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 17, 2013 The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) today recognized 25 finalists for its 14th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. The awards program honors businesses for their significant positive impacts in communities around the world.

“This year’s finalists help solve our world’s greatest challenges through business ingenuity, compassion, and collaboration,” said BCLC Executive Director Marc DeCourcey.  “It’s an honor to showcase these programs and bring awareness to the impact of businesses in communities.”

Awards will be presented in eight categories:

  • Best Corporate Steward honors companies with overall values, operational practices, and stakeholder strategies that exemplify “shared value.” This year’s finalists are Capital One Financial Corporation, Office Depot Foundation, UPS, and Tata Consultancy Services.
  • Best Commitment to Education Program recognizes initiatives to improve educational outcomes for students. Finalists this year are 3M, Marriott International (The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC), and Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Best Community Improvement Program recognizes strategic work to improve local communities. This year’s finalists are ITT Exelis, PMFTC Inc., and Transamerica.
  • Best Disaster Response & Community Resilience Program recognizes companies for responding to disasters and creating more resilient communities. This year’s finalists are Allstate, IBM, and Xylem.
  • Best Economic Empowerment Program recognizes work to empower individuals through financial inclusion and business empowerment initiatives. This year’s finalists are Citi, UPS, and Walmart.
  • Best Environmental Stewardship Program recognizes accomplishments in addressing environmental issues. This year’s finalists are Coca-Cola de Ecuador S.A., Hilton Worldwide, and Lockheed Martin.
  • Best Health and Wellness Program recognizes efforts to improve the health and wellness of employees or communities. This year’s finalists are: The Dow Chemical Company, Health Care Service Corporation, and Merck.
  • Best Partnership, created in 2006 as the first “people’s choice” award in corporate citizenship, honors excellence in business-nonprofit collaboration. This year’s finalists are Citi with National Community Tax Coalition, Capital One Financial Corporation with Junior Achievement USA, and The Dow Chemical Company with MyHandicap.

Winners for all categories except Best Partnership are selected by a panel of corporate responsibility stakeholders and experts. The Best Partnership winner is selected by the public through an online voting process Individuals can vote for their favorite business-nonprofit collaboration now through October 15 at bclc.uschamber.com/vote.

Winners in each category will be announced on November 21 at a ceremony hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien in Washington, D.C.

More information about the awards and finalists is available on BCLC’s website.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

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.

Press Contact: Bailey Jacobs, bjacobs@uschamber.com