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Carlson Receives Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association
Minneapolis, MN | June 22, 2007
Carlson, a global brand leader in the travel, hotel, restaurant, cruise and marketing industries, has received a
Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association (FPA).
The purpose of the award is to recognize companies committed to "good corporate citizenship in the communities they serve." Honeywell International and Intel Corporation also received the award, presented at the FPA's annual dinner Thursday night in New York City.
It is the second time in two months that Carlson has been recognized for corporate social responsibility. In April, the International Leadership Institute presented Carlson with the 2007 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards' International Corporate Award for corporate and social responsibility, and global business development.
"This honor is especially important to us because it recognizes what our company is doing to make a substantial difference in the communities we serve throughout the world," said Carlson Chairman and CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson. "Corporate social responsibility means putting words and ideas into action, and using our leadership positions to help others benefit from our strengths and abilities."
Part of Carlson's corporate social responsibility initiative includes support of the World Childhood Foundation, which Carlson co-founded with other international corporations and the Queen of Sweden in 1999.
The stated mission of Childhood is "to defend the rights of the child to a secure childhood and to work for better living conditions for children at risk all over the world." The organization's present focus is protecting children from being sexually abused, with special attention given to the situations of girls and teen-age mothers.
In addition to supporting Childhood, Carlson in 2004 became one of the first North American organizations to sign the ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) global code of conduct to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation.
Past recipients of the FPA Corporate Social Responsibility Award include Fred Goodwin, group chief executive, Royal Bank of Scotland; Thomas A. Renyi, chairman and CEO, The Bank of New York; Richard S. Fuld, Jr., chairman and CEO, Lehman Brothers, and Russell T. Lewis, president and CEO, The New York Times Company.
The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of the City of New York, also was honored Thursday night with the Foreign Policy Association Medal, which recognizes people who demonstrate responsible internationalism and work to expand public knowledge of international affairs. Past medal recipients include Colin L. Powell, former Secretary of State; former President Bill Clinton; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin.