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The Innovation Awards

Recognizing the companies redefining CSR. 

Congratulations to our 2022 winners: Dow Chemical, DTE Energy, FedEx, and Popular!

The application period for 2023 awards will open later this fall. Check back for dates and details!



About the Awards

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Innovation Awards honor and celebrate the achievements of forward-thinking companies and individuals that have applied the assets of their business to create positive social and/or environmental impacts. We recognize with these awards the individuals and companies that create the world we want to live in and the world we want to do business in.

This is an opportunity for companies to showcase their successes and highlight their innovation leadership. Each year, BCCCC Innovation Awards winners set new standards for creating value, contributing to communities, and improving lives.

Award Categories & 2022 Winners

Awards are given in the following categories. 

Category #1: Social-Impact Changemaker

WINNER: DOW CHEMICAL - Launched in 2016, Dow's Business Impact Fund is a competitive accelerator grant program, where Dow is using its science, size, and global relationships across value chains to seek and create shared opportunity for Dow and society. The fund provides opportunities to explore new, innovative ways to expand markets and address important social problems defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Category #2: Transformative Partnership

WINNER: DTE ENERGY - To address DTE’s business need for more than 300 tree trimmers and a community need for stable, well-paying jobs, DTE partnered with city government and Detroit-based nonprofits versed in engaging historically disadvantaged and communities of color to recruit students to its Tree Trim Academy program.

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Category #3: Eco-Innovator

WINNER: FEDEX - FedEx partnered with Third Derivative (D3), an ecosystem of researchers, investors, corporations, and innovators. This climate accelerator aims to find, fund, hone, and scale low-carbon climate solutions. In addition, D3 focuses on creating markets and entirely new categories of solutions to achieve a net-zero future.

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Category #4: Innovation Amplifier

WINNER: POPULAR - Popular served as a catalyst for a new collective-impact movement and seed-funds the ECHAR PA’LANTE (EPL) / Move Forward Multisector Alliance’s development including dedicated staff. The collaborative decided to act as a “Think and Do Tank” to identify solutions, develop, and oversee their implementation.

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What do we mean by innovation?

Innovation is the process that an individual or organization undertakes to conceptualize new products, programs, processes, and ideas, or to approach existing products, programs, processes, and ideas in new ways. Companies may submit any CSR effort the nominee deems innovative. These efforts may involve partnerships (both nonprofit and/or cross sector) or may be solo corporate ventures. They may target internal audiences, external audiences, or both.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is comprised of the members of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Affinity Groups, a representative the 2022 sponsor Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and a representative from the previous year’s Award in Innovation overall winner.

Eligibility | Who Can Enter?

Anyone can submit their innovative CSR program(s) on behalf of a company that was involved. This includes consultants, nonprofit partners, agencies, service providers, vendors, etc. However, only for-profit companies can win the awards. (When completing the form, please note the company representative who would accept if selected as a winner.) Please also note that BCCCC corporate members can submit their entries for free; non-members must provide a $500 entry free along with their submission.

Although submitting in multiple categories is permissible, each entry must represent a separate program example. Multiple entries from a non-member would also require separate entry fees. We recommend focusing on a single, well-developed entry rather than multiple submissions.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please email


Each submission will be scored by a selection committee, on a 1-to-5 scale, based on the following criteria:

Program Design & Creativity: How compelling and disruptive is the program described in the entry? Does the program involve a big idea, innovative approaches, or both? Can it drive significant change in other companies or communities?

Tangible Outcomes
: What was the result of the project? What is the magnitude of the outcome? What is the environmental or social outcome(s) achieved? What is the impact on communities? On individuals? How compelling are the quantified results? Does the program deliver business value as well as social or environmental results?

: How well does the entry demonstrate the company’s journey to becoming a great corporate citizen leading positive change? Is the company effectively using the assets of its business to help make itself and the communities in which it operates resilient, profitable, and sustainable?

Disruption Potential: Can this idea be adapted and used by others to drive more systemic change? Does it translate to broader progress or address more specialized concerns? What is the company doing to make the effort available to those who want to make use of it?


Winning programs will be featured throughout 2022, in a variety of BCCCC outlets, including our quarterly magazine, The Corporate Citizen, with a readership of over 10,000.

Winners will be announced at the 2022 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, during the in-person event in Boston, on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Ideally, winners will be on site to accept their awards and share their projects with Conference attendees. Winners who cannot attend the Conference will be asked to submit a short video of acceptance, to be shared at the live event.

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Submission Requirements

The submission period for 2022 is now closed.