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Corporate Conscience Award Winners

Diversity Award

Denny's, a subsidiary of Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc.: Once synonymous with bias and discrimination, Denny's has not only become a symbol of reinvention but one of the most successfully diverse places to work in America. More.

Global Ethics Award

Bristol-Myers Squibb: Bristol-Myers Squibb has established a sweeping five year $100 million initiative to stem the tide of illness and death from AIDS. More.

Environmental Stewardship Awards

Ricoh Corporation: A leading provider of digital imaging systems in the United States, Ricoh Corporation has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the environment through its innovative development and manufacturing of energy-efficient office equipment including digital copiers, facsimile machines, printers and scanners. More.

Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings, Inc.: Collins & Aikman developed the first fully recyclable carpet and the company also encourages customers to bring in their old carpeting (regardless of manufacturer), to create new carpet from the old. This practice has kept 1 million pounds of used floor covering out of landfills, and eliminated the company's need for raw production material. More.

Horizon Organic Holding Corporation: Horizon Organic is not only the country's single national milk producer, but the unequivocal frontrunner in environmentally responsible dairy farming. Employing a network of 600 organic farms around the country, Horizon produces a full line of milk, dairy and juice products distributed in supermarkets, health food stores nationwide, and now overseas. More.

Employee Empowerment Award

Carris Reels: The country's second largest manufacturer of reels for industrial wiring has a company mission to improve the quality of life for its employees. Bill Carris, the company's owner, has begun the process of making Carris Reels a 100% employee-owned company. The company is 35% employee-owned at this time. The employees of Carris Reels also decide which charities should benefit from the profits. These are only some of the wonderful incentives that prove how socially responsible and committed this company is. More.

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