U.S. Chamber Seeks to Recognize Businesses’ Innovative Social Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) today announced the creation of Corporate Citizenship Month and called on companies of all sizes to take pride in their societal work by applying for the Corporate Citizenship Awards. The annual awards – available in four different categories – seek to recognize companies that innovate to solve problems and that engage proactively to create positive impacts on society.

“BCLC started the Citizens Awards because we knew that businesses were interested in social and environmental progress and wanted to share and learn about best practices,” said U.S. Chamber BCLC Founder and Executive Director Stephen Jordan.  “This year, we will receive submissions from across the U.S. and around the world, and we expect to discover and recognize some exciting business innovations that have the potential to make life better for all of us.”

For 13 years, the “Citizens” Awards have tapped into the variety of ways the business sector leads by example and fosters strategic and sustained positive impact on people, communities, the environment, and society. These examples have helped define understanding and acceptance of the key role the business sector plays in society today.

The four awards categories are:

·         Best Business Neighbor (U.S.)

·         Best International Ambassador

·         Best Partnership with a Nonprofit

·         Best Corporate Steward

The nomination opportunity is open to a business or industry association of any size that is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as to accredited local and state chambers of commerce. Each category comes with its own criteria and measurement system. BCLC’s website has full details available here: http://bclc.uschamber.com/program/citizens-awards

Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2012, at 05:00 EDT. An external review committee is appointed to review the applicants in each category and to determine the five nominations that make it to the 2012 finalists’ round. The finalists are then judged by another external judging panel to ultimately decide each category’s winner.

Finalists will be announced on September 17. The Citizens’ Awards gala, where winners are unveiled, takes place in Washington, D.C., on December 6, 2012.

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. Visit http://bclc.uschamber.com