On June 1, Samsung was honored to receive the 2018 Jefferson Award for Corporate Leadership for its corporate social responsibility efforts. The award recognizes companies that are pushing boundaries within social responsibility
Samsung was recognized for its Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a national education competition that challenges students to use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to address real-world issues and inspire change in their local communities.
“As our flagship citizenship initiative, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest works to empower students to use hands-on STEAM skills to tackle issues impacting their communities, and each year we are awestruck by these students’ ingenuity and authentic desire to affect change through their actions,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “We are honored to receive this Corporate Leadership award. It emboldens us to continue our commitment to communities.”
Since 2010, 6th – 12th graders across the nation have tackled local and national issues, such as public safety, air quality, water pollution, and carbon emissions through their participation in the annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.
Students and their teacher from one of this year’s national grand prize winning teams, Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, NJ, also attended the award ceremony as guests of Samsung. The students won this year’s contest for their project in which they developed software and sensors for football helmets to help prevent concussions from going undiagnosed.
The award was presented by the Jefferson Awards, which was established in 1972 as the official recognition program of the United States Senate. The awards are considered America’s highest honor for public service and volunteerism and are also the official recognition program of the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism.