SHANGHAI, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) announced the winners of the 2013 CSR Awards today at the Eighth Annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards Ceremony at the Twelve at Hengshan hotel in Shanghai.
Along with presenting the CSR Leadership Award to KPMG China, AmCham Shanghai also recognized collaborative CSR programs created through partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations. Also presented were the Innovation Award that recognizes the company that set an example in addressing complex social and environmental issues by employing new and unique ways, and the Corporate Community Involvement Award, which recognizes outstanding corporate volunteer programs.
The AmCham Shanghai 2013 CSR Award Winners are:
- Leadership Award: KPMG China
- Innovation Award: Standard Chartered Bank China
- Corporate Community Involvement Award: Deloitte China
- Partnership Award: Thermo Fisher – Enactus China
AmCham Shanghai President Brenda Foster congratulated the award winners and noted, "By recognizing these outstanding programs, AmCham Shanghai aims to not only acknowledge their efforts but also to provide models for other organizations as they plan their own CSR programs. We hope these award-winning programs honored today will inspire other companies to find innovative ways to carry out CSR activities and increase awareness of the power of CSR partnership and community involvement."
Stephen Yiu, Chairman of KPMG China, said, "We have to educate, empower and equip our young generation, not only with the right professional knowledge and skills, but also by enabling them to grow into visionary leaders who can bring innovative and sustainable solutions to economic, social and environmental problems that we are all responsible for." Continued Yiu, "With the aim of being a good corporate citizen, we believe we are well-positioned to nurture our people to unleash their potential to build a better world for themselves and for future generations."
Loh Long Hsiang, Shanghai General Manager, and Deputy Head of Origination and Client Coverage China, Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited, said: "Banking plays a crucial role in the functioning of the economy and contributes towards a healthy and prosperous society. At Standard Chartered, we are very clear on our obligations. Today's Innovation award is testament to our efforts that echoes our brand promise to be 'Here for good'. It captures our commitment to always try to do the right thing, to take a long-term view, to support our clients and customers and the communities where we operate."
The 2013 winners were selected from a strong field of nearly 40 nominees who exemplify best practices across the range of CSR focus areas. The award winners this year were selected according to a rigorous evaluation framework developed with reference to ISO 26000, the guidance on social responsibility released by the International Organization for Standardization. This year's judging panel consists of leading scholars and practitioners globally, including experts from within China.
"Companies in the lead tend to have well-articulated strategies, good management structure and process in place, and more dedicated resources to incubate a strong culture of community involvement. They tend to effectively leverage their corporate assets to manage the CSR portfolio with a balanced score card," said C. Y. Yeung, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Intel China Ltd. and Chair of the AmCham Shanghai Business Council for Sustainability and Responsibility (BCSR). Yeung served as a member of the judging panel for the 2013 AmCham Shanghai CSR Awards.
To encourage broad participation and a diverse list of nominees, AmCham Shanghai called for nominations not only from AmCham Shanghai member companies, but also from non-member companies and non-profit organizations with excellent CSR programs and initiatives.
More than 150 people attended today's awards ceremony including government officials, CSR practitioners and scholars from the public, private and non-profit sectors as well as company representatives.
About AmCham Shanghai CSR Awards
For 8th year running, AmCham Shanghai's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards have been given to recognize companies, their NGO partners, and individuals for their outstanding and innovative CSR programs and initiatives in China. The AmCham Shanghai CSR Awards is one of the longest running and most respected awards programs in China's CSR community.
The 2013 AmCham Shanghai CSR Awards judging panel consists of leading scholars and practitioners globally, including experts from within China, as follows:
- Mr. Gregory Berzonsky, Vice President, United Way Worldwide
- Dr. Bradly Googins, Associate Professor, Boston College Carroll School of Management
- Dr. Francisco L. Roman, Executive Director, AIM - RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility
- Mr. Bill Valentino, Director, Beijing Normal University CSR Center
- Mr. C Y Yeung, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Intel China
- Dr. Jian Zhong Lu, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Sateri China
About AmCham Shanghai
The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, known as the "Voice of American Business" in China, is the largest and fastest growing American Chamber in the Asia-Pacific region. Founded in 1915, AmCham Shanghai was the third American Chamber established outside the United States. As a non-profit, non-partisan business organization, AmCham Shanghai is committed to the principles of free trade, open markets, private enterprise and the unrestricted flow of information.
Visit www.amcham-shanghai.org for more information about AmCham Shanghai.
SOURCE AmCham Shanghai