August 31, 2016
By: KARENA BENNETT
The American Chamber of Commerce Jamaica (AMCHAM Jamaica) yesterday opened nominations for the 2016 AMCHAM Business and Civic Leadership Awards.
The awards programme, now in its seventh staging, seeks to highlight and encourage philanthropy and social responsibility in Jamaica. According to AMCHAM, the goal of the programme is to showcase businesses, individuals and non-profit organisations driving and achieving economic and social progress in Jamaica through ethical leadership, stewardship and community-building activities.
AMCHAM Jamaica Business and Civic Leadership Awards will be presented in two categories, with seven awards being offered to include two awards of excellence for corporate social responsibility – for small and large companies – and five awards of excellence for civic leadership. The awards for excellence for civic leadership will be presented to a small non-profit organisation, individual, small foundation, large non-profit organisation and a large foundation.
The nomination process opened yesterday and will remain open for one month, closing on September 30th. The winners will be announced at the AMCHAM Business and Civic Leadership Awards and Banquet 2016 on October 21.
“The common theme that underlies these awards is a commitment to development. AMCHAM’s mission is to promote investment and trade between the United States, Jamaica and the region. For us, this goes beyond business connections or investment opportunities, although those are vital as well. We understand that community development leads to national development, and national development leads to economic growth. And so, every year, we reward those organisations that have made a contribution to national development,” CEO of AMCHAM Jamaica, Gail Abrahams stated during the press briefing yesterday.
Individuals nominees and organisations must have been based in Jamaica for at least five years and all companies must be incorporated in Jamaica.
Companies nominated for corporate social responsibility must demonstrate commitment to corporate citizenship through, but not limited to, the organisation’s business strategy over five years as well as demonstrate policies, programmes or projects with measured or evidenced improvement of the communities in which they operate.
“Today, as we open the call for nominations for these awards, I look forward to an even greater number of submissions than previous years. I know that there are many organisations in Jamaica which are working quietly to make a difference in their communities, and who are doing so with scarce resources,” Abrahams said.
“I hope that we can not only just recognise these change-makers, but also increase awareness of the work that they are doing and inspire others to make a contribution as well,” she continued.
Last year, AMCHAM awarded Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for her outstanding contributions to Brand Jamaica, as well as her philanthropic and corporate social responsibility to the country.