Harris Corporation Receives Corporate Citizenship Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center
Award Honors Company for Its Successful Corporate Stewardship Programs
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today received a Corporate Citizenship Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. The company was recognized in the category of Corporate Stewardship, which honors overall values, strategies and practices related to corporate responsibility.
“In addition to being a successful business, Harris has taken strides to become an environmentally responsible company and a valued philanthropic partner in its communities,” said Stephen Jordan, director, Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC).
A distinguished panel of corporate citizenship experts chaired by Harvard Business professor Michael Porter selected Harris as the award recipient for its environmental initiatives that conserve water, eliminate the use of hazardous materials and minimize waste, as well as its participation in, and support of, diverse community-based philanthropic programs. U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue presented the award during a dinner held at Washington, D.C.’s historic National Building Museum.
During 2007, Harris employees worldwide logged more than 65,000 volunteer hours, which represent some $6.5 million in volunteer labor in the community. In 2008, Harris, its employees, and its retirees raised more than $1.1 million for the United Way Campaign of Brevard County, Florida, home to the company’s headquarters.
Harris also teamed last year with MILCOM, the premier military communications conference, to support the USO of Metropolitan Washington to help serve military families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda National Naval Medical Center, and other locations. The company also teamed with the Orlando Magic in 2007 and 2008 to host two Seats for Soldiers Nights, which provided free tickets to military men and women and their families. Other examples are included in the 2007-2008 Harris Corporate Responsibility Report, which is available online at www.harris.com.
“This award honors our 16,000 employees around the world who are dedicated to delivering superior value in both their workplace and in their communities,” remarked Jeff Shuman, Harris vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Relations, in accepting the award. “Our social responsibility programs are an integral part of our strategy for sustained growth, and we are committed to operating our company in a financially and socially responsible manner that exceeds the expectations of all of our stakeholders.”
Other award categories included the U.S. Community Service Award, International Community Service Award, and the Partnership Award. Additional information about the awards can be found at www.uschamber.com/bclc/awards. Awards Dinner photographs are available at www.uschamber.com/press/photos.
BCLC is the U.S. Chamber’s resource and voice for businesses’ social and philanthropic interests. Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society. The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.
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