Ron Brown Award

The Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership is a U.S. presidential honor to recognize companies "for the exemplary quality of their relationships with employees and communities". It is presented to companies that "have demonstrated a deep commitment to innovative initiatives that not only empower employees and communities but also advance strategic business interests".

Establishment

President Bill Clinton, along with prominent business leaders, established the award in 1997 following Ron Brown's death. The Conference Board, a non-profit organization, was chosen to manage the award's administration. Ron Brown was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1993-1996; he was the first African-American to hold that position. This award and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award are the two presidential awards to corporations.

Ceremony

The award is presented in an annual White House ceremony, either by the President or by the Secretary of Commerce.

Recipients

2006-2007

* Exelon
* Northrop Grumman Corporation
* Procter & Gamble

2005-2006

* Sallie Mae
* Weyerhaeuser Company

2004-2005

* S. C. Johnson & Son
* Bayer Corporation
* Johnson & Johnson

2003-2004

* JPMorgan Chase
* KeySpan Corporation
* Luxottica

2002-2003

* Cisco Systems
* Fannie Mae

2001-2002

* SBC Communications
* Timberland
* Wal-Mart Stores

2000-2001

* Alcoa
* Merck
* United Parcel Service

1999-2000

* General Mills
* GTE
* Hewlett-Packard
* IBM Corporation
* US WEST

1998-1999

* Anheuser-Busch Companies
* BankBoston
* Cascade Engineering
* Seafirst Bank

1997-1998

* IBM Corporation
* Levi Strauss & Co.

External links

* [http://www.ron-brown-award.org/index.cfm The Ron Brown Award]
* [http://www.conference-board.org/publications/describe.cfm?id=430 Conference Board report on the recipients]
* [http://www.levistrauss.com/Citizenship/Recognition.aspx Levi Strauss award mention]
* [http://www.commerce.gov/opa/press/Secretary_Evans/2002_Releases/May_07_Evans_corp_citizenship.html 2002 award]
* [http://www.cityyear.org/sites/clipp.cfm?Site=skc&CatID=2&Clipp=CorporateCitizenship 2002 award]


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