American Society for Quality (ASQ) announces the new Spencer Hutchens Jr. Medal for Social Responsibility. 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.
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.
The announcement of the new medal comes on the heels of a major national initiative launched by ASQ called The SRO (Socially Responsible Organization) to help the world understand the value of, and the business case for, social responsibility and the role of quality to achieve results. The next steps for The SRO initiative include:
- Establishing an International Social Responsibility Think Tank later this year that will bring together some of the world’s leading experts.
- A conference in Milwaukee in 2010 featuring executive roundtables to mark the release of the new ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility Voluntary Standard.
Eligibility information and nomination forms are available at http://www.asq.org/about-asq/awards/hutchens.html. All nominations are due by Oct. 1, 2009.
Additional information on ASQ’s social responsibility initiatives can be found at www.TheSRO.org