WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced the recipients of its 2020 Citizens Awards, including GAF for its disaster response and willingness to support its communities.
From addressing systemic issues faced by disadvantaged groups to combating hunger in communities hit hard by the pandemic to delivering life-altering innovations to those in need, this year’s winners show how businesses act as a catalyst for change in every aspect of society. The eight purpose-driven companies receiving the recognition have demonstrated leadership in helping communities grow stronger amid a global pandemic, economic downturn and movement for racial equity.
“Amid the extraordinary challenges of 2020, the business community has served as a powerful beacon of hope, staying relentless in its pursuit to create breakthroughs, deliver solutions, and move our communities forward,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber Foundation. “While the pandemic has exposed many of our vulnerabilities, it also showed the remarkable ability of business to adapt, pivot and act as a force for good — and that’s what the Citizens Awards are about.”
In a written statement, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had this to say about GAF:
Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program: GAF
A large roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, GAF, is committed to supporting disaster preparedness and community resiliency through its Community Matters social impact initiative. Since 2017, GAF has partnered with nonprofit Good360 to respond and rebuild communities following natural disasters or global pandemics. To date, GAF has donated $3.3 million in roofing products to vulnerable families in need, including those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Florence and Michael.
GAF finds itself in good company, with the other award recipients including notable companies like Pepsi, Verizon Wireless, UPS and Walgreens. This year’s awards program also featured the “Corporate Citizenship Hall of Fame,” honoring past winners for their sustained social and environmental impact, and significant contributions to advancing the field of corporate social responsibility. Citi Foundation and FedEx were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their long-standing efforts to build resilient and prosperous communities.