Keep Your Eye on the Prize: The Top CSR Awards and Recognition Lists

You work hard to create engaging and impactful workplace giving and community investment programs, so why not earn some recognition? We’ve pulled together seven of the most prestigious CSR awards and recognition awards. Keep this list handy, and challenge yourself to achieve high levels of CSR success.

(1) Communitas

Background

Communitas is Latin for “people coming together for the good of a community,” and this definition clearly defines the purpose of the Communitas Awards. This recognition formed from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals pro bono program. It focuses on people giving back for the good of the whole. Commuintas hopes to recognize the power of business in solving the world’s social ills through community service and corporate social responsibility.

Requirements

All nominees must complete a nomination form based upon a particular category. Categories are within three divisions including: Community Service, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Community Service and CSR. Each division contains designated categories including: Company Community Service, Organization Community Service, Skills-Based Community Service, Individual Community Service, Community Service, Ethical and Environmental Responsibility, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Self-nomination is permitted. Nominations cost $125 per entry.

Judging

All nominees are judged by a team of individuals with extensive experience in business and non-profits. Criteria includes effort, resources, performance, and impact.

Past Winners

Past winners of this prestigious award include: Baxter International, Belk, and Hilton Worldwide.

Background

The Civic 50 is an initiative between Points of Light and Bloomberg to recognize 50 of the most civic-minded organizations. Utilizing the findings of the Civic 50 survey, Points of Light benchmarks community engagement activities so that other companies can analyze their current programs and enhance and elevate them to achieve new programmatic goals.

Requirements

All companies with revenue surmounting $1B are invited to complete a survey which consists of multiple choice and quantitative questions.

Judging

Companies are judged based upon four areas including investment, integration, institutionalization, and impact. Each category allows them the opportunity to accrue up to 1,000 points.

Past Winners

Winners are grouped based upon industry. The top leaders of 2014 included Comcast, Caesars Entertainment, ConAgra Foods, Valero Energy Corporation, KeyBank, UnitedHealth Group, UPS, Sigma-Aldrich, Hewlett-Packard, and CenterPoint Energy.

Background

Ethical Corporation’s mission is to drive forward sustainable business through media and research which elevates the CSR conversation. The Responsible Business Awards aim to recognize those companies creating substantial impact in the communities in which they live, work, and play. This is the sixth year of the awards which represent the CSR sector internationally.

Requirements

Applicants must complete an entry form and write a 500-word piece discussing why they should win.

Judging

Award categories encompass four focus areas including: business strategy, communications excellence, value chain sustainability, and internal engagement. Judges have extensive experience within business, sustainability, and the academic sectors. After reviewing the submissions, judges determine 12 companies as finalists which then submit additional information.

Past Winners

Past winners of this prestigious international award include Mars Incorporated, The Maersk Group, and Santander.

CSR Awards

Background

Corporate Responsibility Magazine and the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List focus on the accountability and transparency of corporations. Global consumers demand more from corporations than ever before and providing accurate reports surrounding CR efforts leads to brand loyalty and trust.

Requirements

All members of the Russell 1000 are included as a prospect to become a member of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List.

Judging

IW Financial based in Portland, ME collects and analyzes publicly available data to determine the top performers. Data is collected from the the company website, sustainability reports, 10-K reports, and other public sources.

Data is collected based upon seven categories including climate change, employee relations, environmental, financial, governance, HR, philanthropy and community support. Within these seven categories, 298 data elements are collected.

Past Winners

This year’s top winners include: Bristols-Myers Squibb Company, Johnson & Johnson, Gap, Microsoft, and Mattel.

Background

The Ethisphere Institute believes in the power of accuracy and transparency in corporations as a way to build brand engagement and loyalty. The awards highlights those companies that practice what they preach and turn their sustainability ideas and goals into reality.

Requirements

Both domestic and international companies may submit an application.

Judging

After completing the application, the metrics are compiled to create an Ethics Quotient (EQ). Data is collected upon ethics and compliance, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance, leadership, innovation, and reputation. Each of these categories are weighted differently.

Past Winners

Past companies receiving the highest honors include Cummins, Gap, US Bank, and Dell.

(6) US Chamber of Commerce: Corporate Citizenship Awards

Background

The Corporate Citizenship Awards sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce recognize businesses creating impact through social and environmental programs.

Requirements

All businesses that complete a nomination form must be a member of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Judging

The six programmatic awards include: Best Commitment to Education, 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. Two best Corporate Steward awards are also presented to one large corporation and one small/medium-sized business who represent the best of the best in corporate citizenship. An external review committee determines three finalists in each category which will be announced in August of this year. Finalists will then be selected from another review committee, and winners will be announced at the Citizens Awards gala on in Washington, DC.

Past Winners Abbott, Capital One, Google, IBM, KPMG, and UPS have all been recognized by the US Chamber of Commerce for their CSR efforts.

Background

The Peer Awards for CSR seek to highlight innovative companies in CSR and employee engagement. Through this collaborative awarding process, conversation abounds driving CSR and sustainable business practices.

Requirements

All applicants must submit a nomination form based upon a specific award and sub-category.

Judging

The awards feature companies who demonstrate excellence in community responsibility, customer engagement, people and performance. Three to six finalists are chosen per category. During the awards conference, the speakers represent the finalists. Individuals attending the session are the judges. A winner is selected for each category, industry sector, and criteria. An overall winner is also selected. Categories for this year’s awards include: Corporate Responsibility– Developing Potential, Educating the Community, Educating Young People; Customer Engagement; People and Performance– Employee Engagement, Nurturing Talent.

Past Winners

Past winners of The Peer Awards for CSR include Royal Bank of Scotland, British Airways, and SAP.