Nominate Today! Deadline Extended for U.S. Chamber’s Citizens Awards

Looking for an opportunity to highlight your company’s contribution to the collective, social good? Don’t miss out on the chance to self-nominate or nominate a partner for the U.S. Chamber’s Citizens Awards. The deadline has now been extended through July 10, 2020

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Every day, the private sector serves as a powerful force for good in communities across the U.S. and in countries around the world. Since 2000, the Citizens Awards have highlighted how businesses are helping solve today’s greatest challenges. These businesses are spearheading the transformation to a strong, healthy and sustainable future.

From philanthropy to corporate social responsibility—the Citizens Awards honor the public-private partnerships that leverage their shared value, resources, expertise, and talent to make a positive impact.

There is no fee to nominate and no limit for the number of nominations. Businesses of all sizes and chambers of commerce are eligible to apply.

Don’t miss out on the chance to self-nominate or nominate a partner for the U.S. Chamber’s Citizens Awards. The deadline has now been extended through July 10, 2020.

 

 

Awards are given in the following 8 eight categories:

Best Commitment to Education Program

The Citizen Award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on improving educational outcomes for students. Eligible initiatives could focus on a number of global or domestic topics including (but not limited to): STEM, soft skills, early education, teacher training, access to technology and resources.

Best Community Improvement Program

The Citizen Award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on community improvement. Eligible initiatives could focus on global or domestic topics including (but not limited to): housing, poverty, civic engagement, economic development, community safety, green space, arts and culture, youth development, nonprofit capacity building, or infrastructural improvement.

Best Community Resilience and Disaster Response Program

The Citizen Award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on community resilience and disaster response. Eligible initiatives could focus on global or domestic topics including (but not limited to): individual and community preparedness, pre-disaster mitigation, immediate response (especially for those most vulnerable), or long-term recovery.

Best Economic Empowerment Program

The Citizen Award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on economic empowerment. Eligible initiatives could focus on global or domestic topics including (but not limited to): financial inclusion and literacy, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, and workforce development.

Best Health and Wellness Program

The Citizen Award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on health and wellness. Eligible initiatives could focus on global or domestic topics including (but not limited to): workplace wellness, community wellness, nutrition and obesity prevention, food security, disease prevention, and improved access to health care services.

Best Sustainability Program

The Citizen Award for this category is dedicated to a single strategic initiative focused on environmental stewardship, sustainability, and the circular economy. Eligible initiatives could focus on global or domestic topics including (but not limited to): climate solutions, circular economy, conservation, energy efficiency and clean energy, fleet and transportation, manufacturing design and innovation, resource stewardship, sustainable procurement, sustainable supply chain, or waste and materials management.

Best Corporate Steward

A corporate steward is a company that conducts its business in a way that creates “shared value.” This means creating value for shareholders, delivering high quality products and services to customers, providing a great place to work for employees, supporting the wellbeing and development of communities near and far, reducing environmental footprint, and helping suppliers to deliver shared value too. A corporate steward follows the letter and spirit of the law, and goes well beyond this to contribute actively to enhancing the communities in which it operates and care for the environment in a way that supports the long-term success of business. 

The Best Corporate Steward award recognizes companies that are responsive and responsible members of society, whose overall values, operational practices, and decision-making exemplify “shared value."

 

 

 

Judging and Finalist Selection Process

A committee of subject matter experts, corporate citizenship professionals, government representatives, and community leaders will be convened to review all applications in a single category.

Finalists for each category are announced in early Fall 2020. Winners will be announced at the 21st annual Citizens Awards gala on November 19, 2020.


For any questions, please reach out to ccc@uschamber.com. To learn more and nominate a company or chamber visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.

 

 

Em Clarke

Senior Manager, Corporate Solutions , Points of Light

Em Clarke has been with Points of Light for a year and a half working with corporate clients through POL's Corporate Solutions consulting practice. She is motivated by her work evaluating corporate accountability and social responsibility and has spent the last five years dedicated to improving the well being of local communities through global strategy and ensuring marginalized voices are heard when funders and decision makers choose to take interest. Upon receipt of her Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The University of Georgia, she joined the United Way system for several years before transitioning to Points of Light. Her professional experiences include managing teams of executives working collectively to design enterprise-wide programming, volunteer days of service, and funding strategies.
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