American Cancer Society Honors Companies for Outstanding Commitment to the Fight Against Cancer
The American Cancer Society recognized several companies for their generous contributions to the Society's fight against cancer and their efforts to reduce employee cancer risk. These awards are all part of the American Cancer Society Corporate Impact Award Series, presented annually by the Society's Corporate Relationships and Strategic Alliances team.
The companies were presented with the awards during the American Cancer Society Corporate Impact Conference, held June 18-19, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The Awards of Excellence recognize the following companies for their efforts to impact cancer's effect in the workplace, for their contributions to support the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives; and for their efforts to address responsible community involvement:
- CoBiz Financial received the Excellence in Cancer Control award for their commitment to the mission of the Society through the promotion of employee health and wellness benefits, policies, and programs.
- Delta Air Lines received the Excellence in Employee Engagement and Excellence in Philanthropy award.
- IBM Corporation received the Excellence in Employee Giving award for their outstanding employee giving contribution campaign and involvement in Society activities where their employees live and work.
- Express Scripts received the Excellence in Tobacco Control award for major improvements to their tobacco policy.
The following 20 companies are presented with the American Cancer Society Excellence in Philanthropy award for their generous support of the Society's efforts to eliminate cancer as a public health burden. The honor is given to corporations that have provided $1 million or more to the Society during the previous calendar year through a combination of corporate contributions, in-kind support, cause marketing and sponsorship, employee giving, and/or event fundraising.
This year's winning corporations collectively contributed more than $47 million to the Society's mission to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
- Abbott Laboratories
- Bank of America
- Curves International
- Delta Air Lines
- Extended Stay America
- General Motors Corporation and Chevrolet
- Humble Bundle
- IBM Corporation
- Kohl's Department Stores and Kohl's Cares
- Kroger Company
- Lee Jeans
- maurice's, dressbarn & Lane Bryant, divisions of the ascena retail group, inc.
- National Football League
- Nucor Corporation
- New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)
- Procter & Gamble (Pantene Beautiful Lengths)
- The Walgreen Company
- Wells Fargo
"We have learned from more than 100 years of saving lives from cancer that silence won't finish the fight – only action will," says John R. Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. "The generosity and ongoing support of these companies has a direct impact on the Society's ability to ensure that lifesaving cancer research continues to get funded, to provide people facing cancer with the help they need, and to amplify our efforts so that we can, hopefully, make this cancer's last century."
For more information on each company's specific engagement, visit acsworkplacesolutions.com/impactawards.asp.
About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we celebrate our 100th year of service, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.