Chief Executive magazine, in partnership with Thayer Leadership at West Point, announced the 3rd Annual Patriots in Business Award, honoring the Best Companies with Veteran & Military Initiatives.

This award recognizes outstanding businesses that lead our nation in supporting active duty military members, veterans and their families and exemplify the values of Duty, Honor and Country through their business practices and throughout their community and industry. Through their initiatives on hiring, training, supporting, and honoring Active Duty, Veterans and military families, these outstanding companies are the gold standard for other companies who seek to support those who serve.

The 2020 winners are:

• Large Enterprises – Comcast NBCUniversal

• Medium-Sized Businesses – Drexel Hamilton

• Small Businesses – HumCap

For more information on the winners, click here.

Awards will be presented September 24, 2020 during Chief Executive’s CEO Talent Summit.

Learn more about the award here.

For additional questions, contact: PatriotsAward@thayerleadership.com

Congratulations to our 2020 Patriots in Business Award Winners:

Large Enterprise
Medium-Sized Enterprise
Small Business
NOMINATION FAQs

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The awards are open to all for-profit corporations. 2019 award recipients are not eligible for the 2020 awards. 2018 honorees are eligible but must demonstrate advancements/innovations from previous application to be considered for 2020.

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?

  • Large Enterprises – greater than $1B annual revenue
  • Medium-sized Businesses – $10M-$1B annual revenue
  • Small Businesses – less than $10M annual revenue

WHO CAN SUBMIT A NOMINATION?
Entries may be self-nominated or submitted on behalf of corporations by those who work with them or by outside vendors and service providers.

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS
Materials submitted in support of nominations should relate to qualifications and activities from July 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020. All entries should be received by June 15, 2020, to be eligible for consideration. Eligible entries must consist of an entry form, an executive summary, and any relevant supporting documents. The following format for materials should be followed:

  • Nomination form with all relevant fields complete.
  • Supplemental supporting documents – Must directly support nomination qualification. Examples could include testimonials, press coverage of achievements, marketing materials, or other honorable mentions and awards related to the company’s programs and/or initiative for military, veterans and their families.  Please do not submit entire annual reports. Please submit in an attached Word or PDF file.

HOW WILL THE WINNERS BE DETERMINED?
Criteria for the award can be found below. An independent panel of judges will determine the award recipients in each category.

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CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD

HIRE VETERANS AND MILITARY SPOUSES
The company has made hiring veterans and military spouses a priority.  They have defined objectives and established procedures to hire veterans, as well as encourage other employers to hire our nation’s heroes.

  • Attracting veterans: established programs or methodologies for attracting veterans, such as hosting hiring events targeting veterans, partnering with veteran support groups, exclusive advertising and messaging, etc.
  • Recruiting veterans: 2021 recruitment plans and annual veteran hiring targets as a percentage of total 2021 hiring goals
  • Hiring veterans and military spouses: percentage of 2020 hires who are veterans and military spouses

TRAIN, RETAIN AND SUPPORT VETERANS, NATIONAL GUARD, RESERVE AND SPOUSES
The company has established programs, policies and/or dedicated staff to support veterans and ensure their success as they transition to the corporate world.

  • Training veterans: established veteran’s assistance, transition and training programs
  • Retaining veterans: percentage of workforce who are veterans and the retention rate of 2020 veteran hires
  • Supporting National Guard and Reserve employees and their families: policy and programs established to provide support to employees and their families during military training and deployments
  • Provide income and tuition support for veterans: support additional education, training and certification required for veterans to be successful

HONOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITHIN THE COMPANY AND COMMUNITY
The company promotes awareness and support of veterans and veteran organizations within the company, as well as throughout their industry and community.

  • Veterans networking within the company: provide support, networking and mentorship to veteran employees.  Inform and guide the company’s leadership on the value of hiring veterans, military culture, and veterans’ issues
  • Providing special benefits for veterans and military: program, policy and promotion of special benefits such as discounts or other incentives for veteran and active duty military customers
  • Using purchasing to provide service disabled veteran owned business or veteran owned business: established supplier diversity program and the number of Veteran’s Business Enterprises used as suppliers, and percentage of overall budget
  • Supporting veteran philanthropies: Goal for 2021 and accomplishments in 2020

APPLICATION OPEN DATE: April 1, 2020

APPLICATION CLOSE DATE: June 15, 2020

QUESTIONS:  PatriotsAward@thayerleadership.com

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