The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center named The Wonderful Company the winner of the 2016 Corporate Citizenship Award, in the category of Best Community Improvement Program.
The award recognizes the company’s continued community development efforts in the town of Lost Hills, CA, where more than 50% of households have family members who work at the nearby Wonderful Pistachios plant.
With an investment to date exceeding $15 million, Wonderful has completed extensive infrastructure improvements throughout the community, including paved roads; installation of sidewalks, bus shelters, storm drains and streetlights; and revitalized the community park with two community centers, two soccer fields, a volleyball court, basketball court, playgrounds, and a broad range of community activities and events.
The company has also helped build affordable housing, finance and build the town’s first sit-down restaurant, and recently received approval from the Kern County Board of Education to open a charter school in the community next fall.
“All of us at The Wonderful Company are honored to be recognized by the Chamber with their prestigious Citizens Award,” said Lynda Resnick, vice chair and co-owner of The Wonderful Company. “As a leading employer across California’s Central Valley, we are committed to giving back in the places where our employees live and work, and nowhere does that promise ring truer than in Lost Hills, where we’ve dedicated our time and resources to revitalizing the community and giving its residents life-changing opportunities and a renewed spirit of hometown pride.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Awards honor businesses for their significant positive impacts in communities around the world. For 17 years, this awards program has illustrated how every day businesses serve as a powerful force for good.
Companies and chambers of commerce from across the globe compete for the Citizens, making them one of the most coveted opportunities for recognition in corporate citizenship.
“The Wonderful Company is a true community partner to the people of Lost Hills,” said Marc DeCourcey, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. “Their strategic and sustainable investments in Lost Hills will positively impact the community for years to come.”