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

2011  |  2010   |  2009  |  2008  |  2007   |  2006

We Are Ready! Are You?


By Laura Coy, Public Affairs Manager, Grainger

It is hard to believe that this time last year Grainger and the American Red Cross were putting the final touches on the submission for the Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Partnership. How do you articulate in 500 words the journey of launching a program and partnership that has developed over the past 10 years?

Your Peers Have Won This Award – Why You Should Apply, Too


As we recently described in a Huffington Post piece titled “A Movement to Reward Social Problem Solvers,"  the Chamber BCLC’s annual Corporate Citizenship Awards are all about recognizing business solutions that make a difference.

Best Corporate Steward Award Winner 2010 - Best Buy

With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Mexico, and Turkey, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $49 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Audio Vision, The Carphone Warehouse, Future Shop, Geek Squad, Five Star, Magnolia Audio Video, Napster, Pacific Sales, and The Phone House.

Best Business Neighbor Award Winner 2010 - Navistar

The Story

While the sluggish economy continues to spawn employee layoffs, Navistar has launched a program that gives employees a chance to work in the community instead of a pink slip.

Navistar's Employee to Volunteer plan, devised by Chuck Sibley, the plant manger of Navistar Diesel of Alabama, has kept nearly 50 plant employees on the payroll — people who would have otherwise been sent to the unemployment line — by assigning them to volunteer work in the Huntsville, Ala., community.

Best International Ambassador Award - Cargill

The Story

Charles Yao Yao started his cocoa farm in Côte d'Ivoire at age 22. Production was not always good. Three years ago, Yao began attending Cargill's free Farmer Field Schools. He learned how to properly use pesticides and fertilizers and now understands why a sanitary harvest and good field maintenance are important. Since then, his yield per hectare (about 2.5 acres) has increased by more than 50 percent.

Partnership Award Finalist- Deloitte and College Summit


Deloitte is passionate about making college attendance the norm in America. Not only is it a social imperative, it is essential to developing the diverse labor pool that will keep our country competitive. Deloitte has teamed up with College Summit, a national nonprofit whose mission is to increase college enrollment rates in low-income communities, by contributing pro bono work, cash, skilled volunteerism, board leadership and specialized counsel as needs arise, to meet our shared goals.

Want to Win a Citizen? Past Winners Provide Insight


“Think about your audience and your competition.” This is just one piece of advice past winners shared on two webinars BCLC hosted on March 15th and April 12th in advance of the Corporate Citizenship Awards Nomination deadline which is approaching on May 31st.

Considering applying? Past winners say go for it!

A Movement to Reward Societal Problem Solvers


[Editor's Note: This post original appeared on Huffington Post Impact]

Today we face many tough issues as a society and much work is being done to address them. Let's look at a slice of one such challenge -- health.

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.

Tupperware: An Ambassador for Women's Economic Empowerment

Tupperware, the household name across the world, focuses its community work on women's personal and economic empowerment. Yolanda Londono, who leads global responsibility at Tupperware, describes the company's international ambassador outreach.


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