Every week certain companies and organizations are awarded for their efforts in support of corporate responsibility. These awards are not as significant as those yearly awards that are presented, but they are indicative of the continuing efforts to better business practices.
This week saw many big and small companies taking steps to better their communities and show a dedication to justice and sustainability. Hasbro was named by the EPA as the winner of the Inaugural Climate Leadership Award, which is a good step for environmentalism.
This week also saw the Prudential Foundation release $70,000 in rewards for the leadership program, which encourages development of local community members. Similarly, the Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation reached an annual giving total of $38 million, which is incredible within the industry.
Other companies honored include Washington Trust, which holds a peanut butter drive, Sprint, which launched a free mobile accessibility program for Android owners who are blind or sight impaired, and the GE Foundation, which granted $750,000 to local health centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
It is refreshing to see so many companies making an effort to do good for their communities, and it is also nice to see that they are being recognized on a weekly basis. Most businesses are motivated by incentives such as reputation, and this recognition helps build a strong foundation.
Hopefully these frequent honors will motivate other companies to step up their game and start focusing more on social responsibility. If they see that others are respected for their efforts they will likely catch on very quickly! In order to start seeing widespread results we need as many corporations, organizations, and small businesses as possible to commit to social justice!