Companies Awarded for Positive Community Impact Worldwide

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Recognizing a company for its efforts and achievements in corporate citizenship helps to establish how it is being perceived relative to other companies. Awards and recognition programs are a way to put the spotlight on corporate best practices and inspire others to compete. Recognition also raises awareness about pressing global issues that need attention from the business community.

Since 2000, the Corporate Citizenship Awards have showcased how businesses make the world a better place. Every day, businesses serve as a powerful force for good in communities across the world. They solve today’s greatest challenges through innovation, expertise, efficiency, capital, and collaboration.

Global industry leaders such as Abbott, Capital One Financial Corporation, DSM, Google, IBM, KPMG, and UPS, have been recognized by Corporate Citizenship Awards for their outstanding contribution to addressing some of society’s greatest needs.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has now announced the winners of its 2016 Corporate Citizenship Awards, recognizing companies in eight categories for making a significant, positive impact on the communities and societies in which they operate.

According to Marc DeCourcey, SVP for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, businesses act as a powerful force for good in their communities every single day, and the current eight winners reflect some of the best social and community initiatives within the business sector.

Best Corporate Steward – Large Business: GSK

GSK invests in research to combat diseases in the developing world, increase access to medicines, build capacity, and deliver sustainable growth. In 2015, GSK doubled the volume of their medicines supplied to under-developed countries.

Best Corporate Steward – Small and Mid-Market Business: Network for Good

Network for Good uses data-driven insights and expert advice to help nonprofits develop strategic fundraising programs that meet or exceed their fundraising goals and turn one-time donors into sustained supporters.

Best Commitment to Education Program: Lockheed Martin

To increase student exposure to STEM, Lockheed Martin funded the pilot program for Imagine Science. Imagine Science provides students with experiences that help cultivate an interest in STEM in a sustained way.

Best Community Improvement Program: The Wonderful Company

Fifty percent of households in the farming community of Lost Hills, California have at least one person who works at The Wonderful Company’s pistachios plant. The Wonderful Company has invested more than $15 million to revitalize Lost Hills.

Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program: FedEx

In response to a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, FedEx created a plan with Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, and Water Missions to transport more than 178,000 pounds of relief supplies from the US to Nepal.

Best Economic Empowerment Program: Walmart

Since 2012, Walmart has sourced more than $16.46 billion in products and services from women-owned businesses and has trained more than 762,000 women around the world.

Best Environmental Stewardship Program: Optoro

Optoro has developed software to evaluate the environmental impact of traditional reverse logistics programs and to help retailers sell returned and excess inventory directly to consumers, bypassing landfills.

Best Health and Wellness Program: Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)

Through HCSC’s partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, the two organizations partner to help pediatric patients with asthma, which affects 6.1 million kids nationwide.

Additionally, the Western Hemisphere Corporate Citizenship Award was presented to SC Johnson for its recycling program, “SCJ Recycles,” which has been implemented in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay with the goal of increasing levels of recycling in an efficient and inclusive way.

Source: US Chamber Foundation

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