Washington, D.C, November 20th, 2013. The Trust for the Americas with support from the Organization of American States (OAS) the Inter-American Development Bank and AES Corporation presented the awards to the winners of the 2012-2013 Corporate Citizen of the Americas (CCA) Award on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Washington D.C., USA.
Three well known private organizations were awarded the CCA Award. In the category Vulnerable Communities, Digicel for its program “Education in Haiti” which builds schools in Haiti,giving access to education to 50,000 children. In the category of Economic Opportunities; IBM Latin America for its program “Corporate Service Corp”, which empowers IBM employees as global citizens by sending groups of 10 to 15 individuals from different countries with a range of skills to an emerging market for four-week community-based assignments. In the category of Citizen Security; CEMEX for its program “The Self – Assisted Construction Program (PIAC)”, a self-help program for low income families to reduce the time in which they can own their own home from 17 years to 6 months, providing low cost quality building materials and teaching them construction basics.
Awards were presented to Sophia Stransky, Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Foundation Haiti; Sally Scott Marietta, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs; and Martha Herrera, Corporate Social Responsibility Global Director after the Permanent Council dialogue on “The Americas in a changing Global Economic Scenario: The Value of Public-Private Partnerships”. The award ceremony was attended by corporate and civil society leaders and ambassador and from the Americas.