British Company Wins American Business 'Oscar'

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thebigword, the world top-12 translating and interpreting company with its global headquarters in Leeds, UK, has won a Gold ‘Stevie’ American Business Award – the Oscar of the U.S. business world.

American corporate giving has been allowed to wither during the recession. The words ‘corporate’ and ‘social responsibility’ have become a contradiction in terms.

thebigword, the world top-12 translating and interpreting company with its global headquarters in Leeds, UK, has won a Gold ‘Stevie’ American Business Award – the Oscar of the U.S. business world.

Joshua Gould, CEO of the U.S. operation, thebigword Inc., stepped up to collect the top award at the Stevies’ annual awards event in Chicago as winner of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year’. A Stevie is one of the world’s most coveted business trophies, with the awards event attended by more than 1,500 people.

Beating off opposition from companies across the United States, thebigword Inc. won the trophy for a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign that – in the past 12 months – has included:
•Supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with American Sign Language interpreters during Hurricane Sandy and donating much of the revenue to charities associated with the deaf and visually impaired;
•Giving every member of staff two days’ paid leave to volunteer in local community projects;
•Devising a Christmas campaign that donated 2.5 cents for every minute of telephonic interpreting it carried out to a charity of its staff’s choice;
•Translating free of charge documents that helped German and Polish citizens who had assisted Jews during the holocaust get compensation for their bravery.

Set up in New York in 2007, thebigword Inc. has grown to a $30 million turnover and employs 50 staff. Aged 29, Joshua Gould is one of a new breed of young CEOs who believe that people want to work for – and companies want to buy from – an organisation that has a real social conscience.

Joshua Gould says: “It’s a tremendous achievement for a relatively small, relatively new company to win one of America’s top business awards. In some respects, that shouldn’t be possible but I believe that in the U.S., corporate giving has been allowed to wither during the recession. The words ‘corporate’ and ‘social responsibility’ have become a contradiction in terms. We need to re-ignite the spirit of philanthropy that has always been so strong in U.S. companies.”

“We believe that thebigword Inc. has developed a culture of corporate social responsibility with a range of company-led and employee-led initiatives that truly make a difference,” said Gould.

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