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CRO Awards Eight CEOs for Corporate Sustainability

Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) magazine has released the winners of its third annual Responsible CEO of the Year Awards. Organizations represented include Hess Oil, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Climate Change PLC, Silver Spring Networks, Carbon Disclosure Project, American Council on Renewable Energy, IBM Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh. Here’s a list of all nominees.

The awards came in eight categories — large-cap, mid-cap, small-cap, and private companies; NGO/non-profits, social entrepreneur, corporate foundation and government.

The 2009 award winners are as follows:

Large-cap companies: John Hess, CEO, Hess Oil, has led his $41-billion company to be ranked #15 on the 2009 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, supported by a #1 ranking in the human rights criteria and #2 in climate change, according to CRO.

Mid-cap companies: Lawrence Blanford, CEO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, leading the company since 2007, has an extraordinary track record of environmental, citizenship and fair trade practices, said CRO.

Small-cap-companies: Neil Eckert, CEO, Climate Change PLC, parent of Chicago Climate Exchange, together with chairman Richard Sandor, have been instrumental in popularizing the Chicago and European Climate Exchanges models for greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade among corporations and government policy-makers worldwide, reports CRO. Complex carbon contracts on the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange climbed 1,889 percent in the first half of 2009, including five consecutive monthly volume records for the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the first half of 2009, according to the publication.

Private companies: Scott Lang, CEO, Silver Spring Networks, has raised $175 million in venture capital to date and has Al Gore and VC John Doerr on its board, reports CRO. Silver Spring’s smart metering technology gives utilities the data to better manage peak energy costs and CO2 emissions, said CRO.

NGO/non-profits: Paul Dickinson, CEO, Carbon Disclosure Project, has signed on 475 institutional investors with $55 trillion under management to encourage the world’s 3,700 largest companies to disclose their carbon emissions since founding the company in 2000, according to CRO.

Social entrepreneur: Michael Eckhart, CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), has been a pioneer in making renewable energy a good investment, said CRO. Eckhart is a 3-time Clinton Global Initiative participant, and has driven ACORE membership to over 600 corporations, including most major U.S. utilities and energy companies.

Corporate foundation: Stanley Litow, president, IBM Foundation, is spearheading initiatives for education, and Alzheimer’s and AIDS research. Litow’s largest initiative is the 80,000-teacher Reinventing Education program, which involves 8,000,000 children worldwide and offers innovative technologies to spur reading.

Government: Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, is striving to keep Pittsburgh as “America’s Most Liveable City” as well as one of its safest and most sustainable cities. Under his direction, Pittsburgh has become a national leader in green building, clean energy businesses, and environmental education programs.

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