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Stamford, Conn.-based nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) will honor the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a subsidiary of Mars, Inc., with the 2013 Vision for America Award on Oct. 17 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.
Wrigley, one of KAB’s founding supporters in 1953, has been selected to receive the award for its significant leadership in social and environmental stewardship, philanthropy and enlightened corporate citizenship.
“I am especially proud to honor one of our founding supporters and celebrate Wrigley’s commitment to help build environmental awareness in communities across the country,” said Tim Gardner, KAB's chairman of the board and EVP of International Tool Works.
Past recipients of the Vision for America Award, which was established in 1986, include PepsiCo, Nestlé Waters North America, and most recently, Xerox Corporation.
“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to environmental stewardship, which we strive to bring to life within our business operations, through our associates, and across the communities we touch,” said Martin Radvan, president of Wrigley.
As a subsidiary of Mars, Inc., the achievements of Wrigley in the areas of environmental sustainability, civic leadership and community commitment include eliminating fossil-fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions; minimizing water waste impacts; launching the “Go Green” program, which encourages associates to bring sustainable practices to the workplace; and seeking sustainable ingredients and suppliers, among many others.
The Vision for America Award will be presented at a dinner before distinguished guests, including senior public officials and business leaders. In addition to paying tribute to the honoree, the dinner raises funds for Keep America Beautiful.