Every year, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC presents the Catalyst Awards to the most visionary organizations and individuals in the Harrisburg region. The Catalyst Awards honor those making a difference in our communities, creating more opportunities for businesses, and building a brighter future for our region. Award recipients are judged by a panel of local business and community representatives, and recipients are chosen by their impact and facilitation of change of our area.

Deadline for early submission is August 9, 2019.
Submit a nomination form by August 9, 2019 for the opportunity to receive feedback from a Catalyst Awards Committee member to check if your application meets minimum requirements. Nominations can then be edited and resubmitted by August 29, 2019. This is optional.

Deadline: All applications must be submitted by August 29, 2019 to be considered.

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award Criteria

The Corporate Citizen award is given to a company who has demonstrated strong values in corporate social responsibility in our region. This corporation (1) has enacted self-regulation (and/or codes of business conduct) to ensure attaining and maintaining compliance with all its legal obligations and generally accepted ethical norms and (2) goes beyond compliance to play an active role in meeting the general welfare needs of the community(ies) in which it operates. General welfare may include social, cultural, health, recreational, educational, environmental and/or economic advancement. Further, the business should have and demonstrate an affirmative policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation. Examples of creditable service include benchmarking compliance and publicizing audit results; joining collaborative efforts toward social goals, such as sustainability programs, workplace giving, and paid leave for community service. Other examples include demonstrated commitment to improving the community through internal or external by creating, investing and/or supporting programs that advance the well-being of society.
  1. Commitment to Advancement of Society - This corporation must display an esteemed level of responsibility stated in corporate goals, principles or other document in areas such as social, cultural, environmental and/or economic advancement.
  2. Legal/Ethical Compliance - Monitors, benchmarks and publicizes legal and ethical compliance status. Implemented programs to ensure legal compliance and adherence to community ethical norms.
  3. Community Outreach - Demonstrates leadership role in corporate social responsibility in our region. Plays an active role in meeting the needs of the community in which it operates.
  4. Social Involvement in Community - Demonstrates commitment to the community through donation of time and/or financial support to groups/causes and internal/external projects to better the region. Efforts can include creating, investing and/or supporting programs that advance the well-being of society.
  5. Measured Results - This corporation has gone above and beyond to both actively measure and communicate its social impact with shareholders, investors, employees and all stakeholders.
  • Be sure to answer each question clearly and concisely by telling the story of your nominee.
  • If this is an unsolicited or surprise nomination, please consider soliciting feedback from other sources to ensure that your nomination form is complete.
  • If you would like to speak with a member of the committee regarding best practices for completion of the nomination form, please contact Stacy KlannĀ (Catalyst Awards Committee Chair) at klann.s@harrisburgacademy.org or 440-821-3911.
Past Corporate Citizen of the Year Award Recipients
2018 - Capital BlueCross
2017 - McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
2015 - Highmark Blue Shield
2014 - Susquehanna Bank
2013 - PinnacleHealth System

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* Why should the nominee be selected as the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award recipient? (Minimum 500 words)

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* Nominator Name

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* Nominator phone number and email address

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* Check here if you would like your submission to be reviewed by a committee member to check if your nomination meets minimum requirements.

Feedback can only be given if submitted by or before August 9, 2019.

If you encounter any errors while submitting your nomination, please contact us at events@hbgrc.org.