Press Release Summary:
ASQ presented first Spencer Hutchens Jr. Medal for Social Responsibility to Joanne Adrienne Vincenten during its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Vincenten works for European Child Safety Alliance and is being awarded the medal for her understanding of social responsibility; her success in community development, human rights, and consumer issues; and her passion for work that results in social and environmental improvement.
Original Press Release:
ASQ Awards Inaugural Social Responsibility Medal
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, - ASQ (American Society for Quality) presented the first Spencer Hutchens Jr. Medal for Social Responsibility to Joanne Adrienne Vincenten during its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement in St. Louis, Mo., May 23. The medal recognizes the achievements of an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership as an individual, business leader and cause advocate for social responsibility-primarily focusing on the marketplace, environment, workplace and community.
Vincenten works for the European Child Safety Alliance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and is being awarded the Hutchens Medal for her understanding of social responsibility; her success in community development, human rights, and consumer issues; and her passion for the work that results in social and environmental improvement.
"I am thrilled and in awe to receive this award as an advocate for social responsibility in the name of Spencer Hutchens Jr.," Vincenten said. "I have the privilege to work with so many dedicated and brilliant individuals and communities all striving to improve the health and well-being of mankind, especially children and families. It is an honor for me to be recognized as being a part of making a difference in society."
The addition of the Spencer Hutchens Jr. Medal for Social Responsibility brings the number of global medals offered by ASQ each year, to 13.
The medal is named after Spencer Hutchens Jr., Los Angeles, Calif., an ASQ past president, whose personal and business life reflects and demonstrates the desired attributes in the definition and model of social responsibility.
"I am proud and humbled to have this medal named in my honor," said Hutchens. "The development of this medal strengthens and reflects ASQ's commitment to social responsibility, and to providing solutions that will help organizations meet their social responsibility goals."
The Spencer Hutchens Jr. Social Responsibility Medal will be presented annually at ASQ's World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Eligibility information and nomination forms are available at www.asq.org/about-asq/awards/hutchens.html. For more information on this and all other ASQ medals, please contact Karen Prosser, award program administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As organizational leaders increasingly seek to practice and demonstrate social responsibility, they want and need concepts, tools and techniques to turn their intentions and objectives into reality. Recognizing this, ASQ began working with leading advocates of social responsibility to partner on building an infrastructure to enable others to embrace and produce socially responsible practices in all areas of human endeavor.
ASQ's activities in the social responsibility arena include serving as the secretariat of the U.S. TAG (Technical Advisory Group) to ISO Working Group 26, developers of the international standard ISO 26000, Guidance on Social Responsibility.
Additional information on ASQ's social responsibility initiatives can be found at www.TheSRO.org.
ASQ, (American Society for Quality) www.asq.org, has been the world's leading authority on quality for more than 60 years. With more than 85,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement and knowledge exchange to improve business results and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide. As a champion of the quality movement, ASQ offers technologies, concepts, tools and training to quality professionals, quality practitioners and everyday consumers. ASQ has been the sole administrator of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1991. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., ASQ is a founding sponsor of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a prominent quarterly economic indicator, and also produces the Quarterly Quality Report.
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