Access the Recognition you Deserve: Your 2021 Socially Responsible Colorado Award Guide


Your go-to resource for socially responsible Colorado award listings for 2021 is here! Find business awards around the state that your organization can apply to and gain the recognition you deserve for your CSR efforts. 

If you’re a member of B:CIVIC and win an award, let us know and we will be sure to feature you in an upcoming newsletter.

This list is growing, be sure to check back.


Looking for nation CSR and Corporate Citizenship Recognition Awards? Check out Realized Worth’s List here.


Year Round Application:


Best for Colorado Awards |

To become a Best for Colorado business, companies must join the Best for Colorado Commit to Action Campaign. The participants have to highlight an initiative or a project that the company had run in the last year or is currently implementing in 2020. The initiative or concept need to be related to one of the themes of the Best for Colorado campaign: Civic engagement, Environmental Stewardship, Equity.




Small Business Awards | Deadline: January 10, 2022

Small businesses are the foundation of our economy. Denver Business Journal’s Small Business Awards honors excellence among small businesses and highlights their contributions to metro Denver’s strength as a region.

Business Awards | Deadline: January 13

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce hosts its Business Awards annually to recognize local organizations in six categories: disruptor, large nonprofit, minority or woman-owned, small business, small nonprofit and start-up. These awards recognize the organizations that are writing Denver’s next chapter in business. Award applicants are narrowed down to three finalists in each category. The 18 finalists are honored at our luncheon and winners will be announced live!

Colorado Companies to Watch | Deadline: January 31

These companies have real stories to tell. We want to hear them. 2nd Stage companies hold a unique place in our economy. Through their leadership, innovation, and growth, they ignite our communities with potential beyond measure. They are fueling the economic fire. Support Colorado’s 2nd Stage companies by nominating or applying today and shining the spotlight on those that truly deserve it. The Colorado Companies to Watch nomination process is quick and easy, and takes just a few minutes.




Prism Social Impact Awards | Deadline: February 7

The Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) is proud to host the PRISM Awards. Celebrating businesses and entrepreneurs in Colorado that use the powerful economic engine of capitalism for good, not merely for gain. Referred to as the Fourth Sector, these Social Impact Businesses and Social Entrepreneurs are changing the way business is done. This new sector of the economy is embracing businesses that merge mission and margin, purpose and profit; it is reshaping the economy, capitalism, businesses and nonprofits. This event celebrates a business, either for profit or nonprofit, that pursues purpose in addition to profit. This higher purpose can be social and/or environmental and provides impact that can be measured.

Best Places to Work | Deadline: February 28

What makes a great workplace? Is it a kitchen stocked with beer and snacks? A paid day off for volunteering? Foosball tables? Denver Business Journal is accepting nominations for the 2020 Best Places to Work.




Healthiest Employers Awards Program | Deadline: March 16

Denver Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers program recognizes the top health and wellness programs in our region. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your company’s innovative strategies for keeping your workforce healthy & engaged. 




Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies 2020 | Opens in Spring

Calling all female business leaders! Nominate your company for the ColoradoBiz Annual Ranking of the Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in Colorado.




Top Company Awards 2020 | Deadline: June 30

We invite you to enter the competition for the annual Top Company of the Year Awards. We’re looking for Colorado’s most outstanding businesses who are paving the way for Colorado business! The finalists will be honored at an event in the fall and the winners will be announced live.




Champions of Change | Deadline: July 15

Champions of Change awards are presented to companies, individuals and organizations of various sizes that are actively and strategically advancing women in business through their commitment to creating inclusive, supportive, and empowering cultures. Award categories include: Social Impact, Mission Minded, Small but Mighty, Corporate Change Makers, Innovation, and Industry Trailblazers.


National Philanthropy Day | Deadline: July 16

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Colorado Chapter defines diversity as the seeking and achievement of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions, and cultures within philanthropy. The National Philanthropy Day Steering Committee encourages nominations from all individuals, groups, and organizations representing all regions of Colorado. We believe that inclusiveness is an essential source of strength and vitality. Awards include: Outstanding Large Business, Outstanding Small Business, and Outstanding Foundation.




The Civic 50 Colorado | Deadline: September 17

The Civic 50 Colorado recognizes the 50 most community-minded small, medium and large companies in Colorado as determined by True Impact’s adapted national Civic 50 survey that is independently administered and scored. By bench-marking and celebrating best practices, it provides visibility and a framework for how local companies can use their employees’ time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in our community.




Top Workplace Award | Deadline: October 29

Give your organization the opportunity to gain valuable recognition, increase employee engagement, attract and retain top talent, and transform its culture with data-based insights. Nominate your company for a Top Workplaces award.


Other Awards:


Business for the Arts Awards | Deadline: Internal

Business for the Arts Awards celebrate innovative partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses and stellar leadership across the state. The annual awards luncheon is the the only statewide event honoring companies and individuals for their outstanding partnerships and engagement with the arts.  Over 700 corporate, cultural and civic leaders will attend this inspiring, arts-infused event.

Mile High United Way Business Awards| Deadline: Internal

Mile High United Way partners with hundreds of local companies on their corporate social responsibility goals, and we are pleased to recognize outstanding corporate partners annually at our Community Champions Celebration. Awards are given to companies that have achieved excellence in specific categories to help improve employee and community needs. 

MLK Business Awrds | Deadline: Internal

On January 17, 1986, the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Social Responsibility Awards luncheon was held.  For the 30th annual presentation of the awards on January 16, 2015, the name was changed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Awards.  The awards luncheon is now sponsored by 14 civic organizations and chambers of commerce.

Each year, awards are presented to individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations for their exceptional community service endeavors in honor and memory of Dr. King.  In 2007, the Trailblazer Award was added to recognize pioneers in the civil rights movement in Colorado.

If you want to add a award, or update details for an entry in the guide, please reach out to and be sure to include the deadline, and link. Please note that the descriptions are summarized from the corresponding event’s website and do not necessarily reflect the views of B:CIVIC.