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NHBSR Announces Cornerstone Award Finalists

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is proud to announce the finalists for this year’s Cornerstone Award:  Antioch University New England, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. and Alison Huber Jewett of Jewett Construction.

Molly Hodgson Smith

Molly Hodgson Smith

“NHBSR is pleased to honor one of our members each year with this award.  It serves as a great example of exceptional work in the social responsibility field and allows NHBSR to highlight the high level of commitment to sustainability and social responsibility here in New Hampshire.” said Molly Hodgson Smith, Executive Director of NHBSR.

The NHBSR Cornerstone Award is presented every year at the NHBSR Spring Conference to a company or individual that exemplifies the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and promotes the concepts of CSR to the greater business community within the state of New Hampshire. The recipient of this year’s award will be announced at NHBSR’s 7th Annual Spring Conference on Monday, May 24, 2010, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

Hypertherm, Inc. was the proud recipient of the 2009 NHBSR Cornerstone Award.   Hypertherm’s Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Barbara Couch said, “We attended last year’s event as learners, drawing inspiration from other leading corporate citizens. We continue on our journey of learning today, inspiring to be a model for corporate social responsibility. This is not simply a nice thing to do, it is a must do for business today.”

Antioch University New England
Since its founding in 1964, Antioch University New England (ANE) has supported the tenets of Corporate Social Responsibility, and as its mission, provides transformative graduate study education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society. Antioch University New England supports CSR in three ways. Antioch operate the business of running a university using CSR principles, they educate their students in CSR principles, and through many of their student practices and internships, they help businesses and organizations locally and throughout New England recognize and begin to adopt CSR principles

C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
C&S is a privately owned company with annual sales of $19 billion. The company is the 12th largest privately held company in the nation, as ranked by Forbes magazine. Founded in 1918, C&S provides distribution services to grocery chains and independent stores, delivering to approximately 4,600 locations from its distribution centers in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Vermont.  C&S’s corporate social responsibility strategic plan focuses on four core initiatives:  Eliminating Hunger, Strengthening Communities, Protecting the Environment, and Encouraging Volunteerism.

Alison Huber-Jewett, Jewett Construction

Alison Huber-Jewett

Alison Huber-Jewett

Alison encourages CSR and community involvement amongst her coworkers by researching and presenting opportunities that prove rewarding to both the participant and the community.  She is always open to new ways to give back to the community and encourages others to do the same.  Alison’s efforts toward corporate social responsibility have been recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), as her policies have helped Jewett Construction to be selected to participate in the NHDES Aspiring Leaders Program.

NHBSR fosters socially and environmentally responsible business in New Hampshire, recognizing that people, principles and profits must be linked.  NHBSR prides itself on offering education, networking and promotion in an environmentally sustainable way.  This conference will incorporate a variety of ‘green’ elements including carbon offset, recycling, minimizing waste and sustainable menu choices.  For more info about the Cornerstone Award and NHBSR visit www.nhbsr.org or call 603-391-8471 or email molly@nhbsr.org.

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