Ron Brown Award
The Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership is a U.S. presidential honor to recognize companies "for the exemplary quality of their relationships with employees and communities". It is presented to companies that "have demonstrated a deep commitment to innovative initiatives that not only empower employees and communities but also advance strategic business interests".
President Bill Clinton, along with prominent business leaders, established the award in 1997 following Ron Brown's death. The award was originally referred to as Ron Brown Corporate Citizenship Award. The Conference Board, a non-profit organization, was chosen to manage the award's administration. Ron Brown was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1993-1996; he was the first African-American to hold that position. This award and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award are the two presidential awards to corporations.
The award is presented in an annual White House ceremony, either by the President or by the Secretary of Commerce.
- Anheuser-Busch Companies
- Cascade Engineering
- Seafirst Bank
- Linda A. Mason and Roger H. Brown