The American Cancer Society Corporate Initiative program has opened its nomination process for the 2010 Corporate Impact Awards Series, which will honor companies for their engagement in targeted efforts to significantly impact cancer's effect in the workplace; to contribute funds to the American Cancer Society to fight the disease; and to address responsible community involvement - all in support of the Society's vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Efforts extended by companies to significantly impact cancer's effect on their workforces will help reduce disease-related expenditures and lost productivity costs, which in the United States total $264 billion annually (Source: National Institutes of Health, 2010). The 2010 Corporate Impact Awards will recognize company excellence in four categories - (1) Tobacco Control; (2) Cancer Control; (3) Employee Engagement; and (4) Employee Giving. Detailed descriptions of each category follow later in this call for nominations announcement. A company may submit a Corporate Impact Awards Series nomination form and an accompanying narrative about its engagement, and submission is permissible for more than one category. Nomination forms and narratives should be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, to Detra.Oliver@cancer.org. Companies submitting nominations will receive a confirmation email within two business days. The Corporate Impact Awards Series-recipient companies will be recognized on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, during the Society's national annual meeting in Atlanta. The American Cancer Society, through its Corporate Initiative program, aims to reduce the burden of cancer by helping employers implement scientifically-sound wellness programs and high-quality support for cancer screening and care. The Society offers corporate partners a suite of flexible, evidence-based, scientifically documented services - Workplace Solutions - that targets the key risk factors underlying cancer and other costly chronic diseases. Workplace Solutions also provides companies with opportunities that address employee engagement/volunteerism, cause branding/sponsorship, workplace giving, team building, community recognition, brand enhancement and employee morale. For more information on the Corporate Impact Awards Series, please contact - Jim Hammelev, Senior Director, American Cancer Society Workplace Mission Support Initiatives, (575) 532- 5551 * James.Hammelev@cancer.org. The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. American Cancer Society Corporate Impact Award Series Category Descriptions Corporate Impact: Tobacco Control The recipient of this award implements a company-wide, smoke-free policy which is enforced across all U.S. worksites. One-hundred percent of the company’s domestic employees are offered access to a tobacco prevention/cessation program. All barriers, including employee out-of-pocket expense, have been removed. Corporate Impact: Cancer Control This award-recipient company provides its employees with health information, programs and benefits to address four cancer prevention behaviors - physical activity, nutrition, tobacco and cancer screening. The company also deploys a strategic health communication strategy to increase employee involvement in cancer prevention and control programs, while demonstrating a commitment to tracking and reporting health participation and outcomes. Corporate Impact: Employee Engagement This award is presented to a company which demonstrates outstanding volunteerism in support of the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against a disease that has taken too much. Corporate Impact: Employee Giving The company receiving this award provides, through an employee giving campaign, an opportunity for its workforce to support the American Cancer Society's vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The company's Society-supported campaign embodies a combination of best practices that may include - building a business case for the program; reviewing and assessing performance and practices; branding the campaign; expanding giving options; integrating all employee involvement programs through the campaign; building leadership and an effective organization; marketing the campaign and educating employees; measuring employee satisfaction; and recognizing/thanking donors and volunteers.