CR Magazine Announces Responsible CEO of Year 2014 Award and Lifetime Achievement Award Finalists

Sep 4, 2014 3:15 PM ET
CR Magazine

Philadelphia, PA, September 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ — Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine announced today the finalists for both the seventh annual Responsible CEO of the Year Awards and the fourth annual Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards will be presented to CEOs that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact and sustainability, human rights, philanthropy, and corporate responsibility practices.

The finalists of the 2014 Responsible CEO of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards are:

  • Chad Rosenberg, American Global Logistics
  • David Cordani, Cigna Corporation
  • Larry Merlo, CVS Caremark
  • Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab
  • William Graebel, Graebel Companies, Inc.
  • Robert C. Garrett, Hackensack University Health Network
  • J. Knox Singleton, Inova Health System
  • Michael W. Kempner, MWW
  • Rob DeMartini, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
  • Rakesh Sachdev, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
  • Stu Thorn, Southwire
  • John P. Bilbrey, The Hershey Company

All award finalists were nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous winners and other industry leaders. This year’s judging panel includes prior honorees:

  • Dan Hesse, former CEO, Sprint
  • Gale Klappa, Chairman, President and CEO, Wisconsin Energy
  • Jeff Joerres, Executive Chairman, ManpowerGroup
  • Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International
  • Patrick Prevost, President and CEO, Cabot Corporation
  • Paul Rooke, President and CEO, Lexmark International, Inc.

To determine the winners, judges will consider several dimensions of the aforementioned standards including the scope of the CEO’s impact on their organization and community, the extent to which the CEO drove this initiative, and the individual reputation or professional risk taken by the CEO.

The 2014 award winners will be honored at CR Magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner to take place at the COMMIT!Forum, Thursday, Oct. 9, at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York City from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

“Today’s CEO’s must balance the needs of shareholders, employees, customers and the community.  The finalists exemplify the best behaviors and have a track record of leadership, vision and success in corporate responsibility programs,” says Elliot Clark, CEO of Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

For more information about the annual COMMIT!Forum and CR Magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner visit

About CR Magazine
CR Magazine is the voice of the corporate responsibility profession covering case studies, best practices, and trends in the five primary segments of the CR profession: a) Governance, risk, compliance, b) Environmental sustainability c) Corporate social responsibility, d) Philanthropy, and e) Workforce/diversity.

About the COMMIT!Forum
Each year, COMMIT!Forum attracts: C-suite executives, Leaders in communications, CR and Sustainability professionals, Foundation heads, and Non-profit execs.  This year’s theme is COMMIT! To A Responsible Culture & Supply Chain.  As an attendee you'll learn: how to run a more responsible business, how to build a more sustainable workforce and how to build a more responsible supply chain.  Our competitive advantage? Access.  Professionals who attend learn the latest best practices and how-to’s from our hand-picked experts. And just as important, the COMMIT!Forum allows networking opportunities to engage with C-suite executives, CEOs, corporate communication pros, and CR professionals—industry leaders who can help our attendees achieve their professional goals.

The path to COMMIT!, which began on April 24th with the announcement of CR Magazine’s 14th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens, culminates October 8-9 in New York City at the Forum.


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