United States Department of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognize salesforce.com for compassionate leadership
WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 5, 2003 - Salesforce.com, the world leader in delivering on-demand applications, today announced that it has received the first ever U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Stewardship Award. The award is part of the 2003 Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards presented by the Center for Corporate Citizenship of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The award winners were announced yesterday at a reception and dinner co-hosted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue and the Honorable Donald L. Evans, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce at the historic U.S. Chamber of Commerce building. Presented to only three companies, salesforce.com received the 2003 Corporate Stewardship Award in the mid-sized company category.
"Responsible corporate stewardship is practiced every day by millions of businesses across the United States. Yet, much of the good work by American businesses takes place without notice. The stories of America's best corporate stewards deserve to be told. I am honored to recognize the corporate stewards that make our economy the world's strongest engine of progress and prosperity," said Secretary Evans.
"Salesforce.com, and all the award winners and nominees, represent the best of a business making a difference in its community," said Thomas J. Donohue, Chamber president and CEO. "The leadership of salesforce.com serves as an inspiration for others to follow."
The 2003 Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards showcase businesses and chambers of commerce that have demonstrated ethical leadership and corporate stewardship, made a difference in their communities and contributed to the advancement of important economic and social goals. Specifically, the Secretary of Commerce Corporate Stewardship Award seeks to recognize one small, medium and large company for its total performance and contribution to economic, community, and social progress.
"We are extremely honored to receive this award," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com and the founder of the salesforce.com/foundation. 'Our '1% model,' giving 1% of our time, profits and equity to the communities in which we operate has proven to be successful in making a positive impact in the world in ways we never imagined when we began. This award is a direct result of properly aligning corporate resources with ethical values, and most importantly the outstanding commitment of salesforce.com employees who have given time and energy to make a difference in the lives of underserved people."
From a pool of nominations, the Center for Corporate Citizenship selected three finalists in each category for consideration by an Advisory Board to the Department of Commerce. The Advisory Board, comprised of leaders of business, academic and non-profit organizations and corporate citizenship experts, then selected an award winner from the finalists.
The Center for Corporate Citizenship is a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that promotes business-society relations and assists corporate community engagement. The CCC publicizes effective corporate citizenship practices to encourage improvement in business-society relations and recognize leadership in business ethics and community and economic development.