Citizens Awards



Congratulations to the 2012 Citizens Awards Winners!

2012 in Photos:



Meet the Finalists:


Best Corporate Steward Award

Finalist Stories

Best Business Neighbor

Finalist Stories

Best International Ambassador

Finalist Stories


Best Partnership Award

Finalist Stories


Past Finalists and Winners

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How 4 Companies Are Improving Society: The 2012 “Citizens”


CSR continues to become more sophisticated, more strategic, and undoubtedly, more effective. From American neighborhoods to the most remote villages in emerging markets, business is tackling core issues such as economic empowerment, community investment, and health & wellbeing.  This work adds significantly to the positive changes and improvements in our society.

13th Annual Citizens Awards to Feature Big-Name Talent


On December 6, the Business Civic Leadership Center will host its 13th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards, where BCLC will recognize businesses who have found creative and effective ways to make a positive difference in society.

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What corporate citizens do for society really matters.

Over the summer and fall, as I’ve come to know the 2012 Corporate Citizenship Awards finalists better, several thoughts kept returning:

Best Partnership Finalist: Join My Village - An Investment in Women and Girls


If you had a chance to read Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl Wundunns’ Half the Sky, you will recall the remarkable stories of girls and women triumphing over obstacles to become economic engines, community leaders, and entrepreneurs. PBS recently debuted the book in a two-part TV series where Kristoff and his fellow Ambassadors traveled to visit organizations and individuals working to provide the infrastructure, tools, and training programs to women and girls in vulnerable parts of the world.

Best Partnership Lightning Round: Most Rewarding Moments


This is the second post in our 2012 Best Partnership Award "Finalist Lightning Round" week-long series. This series brings you the opinions of the people who make the Best Partnerships work. (Read: Day 1)

Best Partnership Award Finalist Hilton Worldwide's Soap Saves Lives


Global Soap Project’s founder, Derreck Kayongo, a Kenyan refugee, showed the impact discarded soap could have in saving lives

Best Partnership Lightning Round: Why Should These Finalists Win?


Today we're bringing something new to you. For the first time in the history of the Best Partnership Award, our blog will feature a week-long "Finalist Lightning Round" to give you the chance to hear directly from some of the people who make these Best Partnerships work

Best Partnership Award Finalist Caterpillar Donates Disaster Equipment that Clears the Way for Help


A few years ago, I traveled to Port-Au-Prince with a group of companies to find ways for corporate resources to effectively support the Haiti earthquake's relief and recovery needs. We met with a number of nonprofits on the ground and facilitated many great partnerships. 

Best Practices from the 2012 Citizens Awards


BCLC recently announced the finalists for the 2012 Citizens Awards. As one of the internal reviewers for the Partnership Award, I was thrilled by the deep cooperation between corporations and non-profits evidenced in the applications. This year our application form included a new section for applicants to share “lessons learned.”  The responses to this section provide a golden opportunity for us to share some best practices from the leading initiatives of our corporate partners.

Corporate Citizenship Spotlight on Core Expertise and Employee Talent


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, inspired, and replicable models of positive business impact on people, communities and the environment.


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