Leading Businesses Make a Difference

Nov 21, 2016 - 9:00am

President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation held its 17th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards program last week to recognize companies that are making a positive impact in their communities, our country, and around the world. 

GSK, a global health care company, won the Best Corporate Steward Award in the large business category. GSK invests in research to combat diseases in the developing world, and last year it doubled the volume of medicines supplied to underdeveloped countries.

Network for Good won the Best Corporate Steward Award in the small and midsize business category. It uses data-driven insight to help nonprofits develop strategic fundraising programs and turn one-time donors into sustained supporters for important causes. 

Lockheed Martin received the Best Commitment to Education Award for funding the Imagine Science pilot program, which aims to increase student exposure to STEM subjects and cultivate their interest in pursuing careers in emerging fields. 

The Wonderful Company received the Best Community Improvement Program  Award for investing $15 million in revitalizing the community of Lost Hills, California. Almost 50% of households in Lost Hills have someone who works at The Wonderful Company’s pistachios plant. 

FedEx was honored with the award for Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program for its work in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015. FedEx provided $1 million in support and helped create a plan to deliver more than 178,000 pounds of relief supplies. 

Walmart was presented with the award for Best Economic Empowerment Program for its work to support female business owners. Since 2012, it has sourced more than $16.46 billion in products and services from women-owned businesses and has trained more than 762,000 female suppliers to develop their enterprises.

Optoro won the award for Best Environmental Stewardship Program. Optoro has developed sustainability software to help retailers sell returned and excess inventory directly to consumers, which so far has measured a 60% decrease in waste.

Health Care Service Corporation won the award for Best Health and Wellness Program for its work to help children with asthma. It partners with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest to assist some of the 6.1 million U.S. children with asthma.

These are just a few examples of countless companies that are making a difference. The Chamber is committed to helping all businesses do well and do good. Learn more at uschamberfoundation.org.




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About the Author

Thomas J. Donahue
President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.