About the Corporate Citizenship Awards

To find leading examples of the innovative and diverse ways business makes a difference in society, look no further than the Corporate Citizenship Awards. Since 2000, the “Citizens” Awards have spotlighted successful and replicable models of important, positive business impact on people, communities and the environment.

In 2012, the finalists are characterized by the proof they offer that core business expertise and employee talent are among the most valuable ways businesses engage in society.  Find these stories in the categories of:

The 2012 winners -- one per category -- will be announced on December 6, 2012 at the awards celebration in Washington, D.C., featuring a unique musical experience with Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi.

What’s Unique About the Citizens Awards?

Peer Review: Since the beginning of the awards, business leaders who represent past winners have served on winner selection committees. These corporate citizenship strategists and practitioners blend their knowledge and experience with government, civic, and humanitarian officials to review the finalists and name a winner. Meet the 2012 judging panels.  

Legacy of Leadership: In 2003, the year the Best Corporate Steward Award was first given (to Merck), three national leaders joined with BCLC to create the category: 34th Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans, author and scholar Michael Novak, and Harvard Business Professor Michael Porter.

People’s Choice: BCLC created the Best Partnership Award in 2006 to raise awareness about business-nonprofit collaborations that work – both in the United States and around the globe. In 2007, that category opened up to public voting to select the winner, making it one of the first people’s choice corporate citizenship recognitions. Well over 100,000 votes have been cast by the public.

History: 2000 until Present Day

UPS and Coca-Cola became the Corporate Citizenship Awards winners in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Over the course of 13 years, the Citizens Awards categories have reflected the growing sophistication and focus in the corporate citizenship field. In 2011, BCLC renamed the awards categories to Best Corporate Steward (formerly, Corporate Stewardship), Best Partnership, Best Business Neighbor (formerly, U.S. Community Service), and Best International Ambassador (formerly International Community Service).

Here is the history of the companies and chambers of commerce that have won the Corporate Citizenship Awards.


  • Best Steward: Kraft
  • Best Partnership: Grainger and American Red Cross
  • Best Business Neighbor: UnitedHealth Group
  • Best International Ambassador: Pfizer


  • Best Steward: Best Buy
  • Best Partnership: Deloitte and College Summit
  • Best Business Neighbor: Navistar Diesel of Alabama and PwC (tie)
  • Best International Ambassador: Cargill


  • Best Steward: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • Best Partnership: Chevron Corporation and Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership
  • Best Business Neighbor: UPS
  • Best International Ambassador: Abbott 


  • Best Steward: KPMG (Large Business), Harris Corporation (Small/Midsize Business)
  • Best Partnership: Eli Lilly & Company and the International Council of Nurses
  • Best Business Neighbor: Allstate
  • Best International Ambassador: The Coca-Cola Company


  • Best Steward: Microsoft (Large Business), ChoicePoint Inc. (Small/Midsize Business)
  • Best Partnership: Aflac and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Best Business Neighbor: Entergy Corporation
  • Best International Ambassador: Cisco


  • Best Steward: Intel (Large Business), Fairmount Minerals (Small/Midsize Business)
  • Best Partnership: Capital One and Junior Achievement
  • Best Business Neighbor: Morgan Stanley
  • Best International Ambassador: Kimberly-Clark Corporation


  • Best Steward: General Electric (Large Business), Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (Small/Midsize Business)
  • Best Business Neighbor: Xerox Corporation
  • Best International Ambassador: Alticor, Inc.


  • Best Steward: Office Depot, Inc. (Large Business), University Bank (Midsize Business), Seventh Generation, Inc. (Small Business)
  • Citizen in Action: The Home Depot, Inc.
  • Local or State Chamber: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • American Chamber of Commerce: AmCham Singapore


  • Best Steward: Merck & Co., Inc. (Large Business), Manufacturing Technology Inc. (Midsize Business), Salesforce.com Foundation (Small Business)
  • Citizen in Action: Deloitte
  • Local or State Chamber: Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce
  • American Chamber of Commerce: São Paulo AmCham for Brazil


  • ConAgra Foods, Inc.
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Local or State Chamber: Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce
  • American Chamber of Commerce: AmCham Jamaica


  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Local or State Chamber: Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • American Chamber of Commerce: AmCham Malaysia


  • UPS
  • American Chamber of Commerce: AmCham Korea
  • American Chamber of Commerce: AmCham Philippines
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