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CSR Press Release

U.S. Chamber Foundation Seeks to Recognize Top Corporate Citizens

Call for nominations opens today for 15th annual corporate Citizenship Awards

WASHINGTON, May 01 /CSRwire/ - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today called for nominations for its annual Citizens Awards, which recognize businesses for positively impacting society through social and environmental programs.

“For 15 years, the Citizens Awards have showcased how businesses make the world a better place,” said Marc DeCourcey, executive director of the U.S. Chamber Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. “It’s an honor to highlight how these companies make a difference, and we encourage companies of all sizes to nominate themselves for recognition.”

The Citizens Awards recognize the most accomplished social and community initiatives within the business community. Dozens of industry leaders, including 3M, Citi, Chevron, Google, IBM, UPS, and Qualcomm, have received a Citizen for their outstanding contributions in addressing some of society’s greatest needs.

This year, six program awards will honor businesses for specific strategic initiatives: Best Commitment to Education Program, Best Community Improvement Program, Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program, Best Economic Empowerment Program, Best Environmental Stewardship Program, and Best Health and Wellness Program. Additionally, for the first time, the Foundation will award two Best Corporate Steward awards—one for large businesses and another for small and middle-market businesses. These awards will honor companies for exceptional overall citizenship portfolios.

The nomination process is open to businesses and industry associations of all sizes that are members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or accredited local and state chambers of commerce. Details on each category’s eligibility and measurement criteria are available here.

The nomination period is open until 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 30. An external review committee will review the applicants and select three finalists in each category. Finalists will be announced in September at the Foundation’s annual Corporate Citizenship Conference. Winners, selected by another external panel, will be announced at the Citizens Awards gala on November 20 in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy and the global business environment.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

For more information, please contact:

Bailey Jacobs Senior Manager, Communications
Phone: 202-230-1877

 

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