The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission



Honors Best Practices that Promote Fair and Open Competition in the Workplace

WASHINGTON – Naomi C. Earp, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today launched the EEOC’s third annual Freedom to Compete Award application process, announcing that the agency will accept nominations through Dec. 13. The Chair will present the award in June 2007 to employers, organizations, or other entities that have demonstrated results through best practices in promoting fair and open competition in the workplace.

The award is part of the EEOC’s Freedom to Compete Initiative, a national outreach, education and coalition-building campaign to provide free access to employment opportunities for all individuals. The central theme of the initiative, launched in 2002, is that every individual deserves the opportunity to compete and advance on a level playing field as far as his/her talent and ability allows without regard to discriminatory barriers. As part of the Freedom to Compete campaign, the EEOC has forged strategic alliances and partnerships with a cross-section of stakeholders to influence positive change in the workplace.

“I am delighted to announce the commencement of the 2007 Freedom to Compete Award application process,” Chair Earp stated. “Past recipients have distinguished themselves with their commitment to instilling equal employment opportunity principles into the workplace, and I’m confident that this year’s nominees will live up to the high standards set by their predecessors. I look forward to learning about the many innovative, effective strategies that employers use to promote tolerant, respectful work environments.”

Steve Russell, Senior Vice President for Human Resources of McDonald's USA, said, “The EEOC Freedom to Compete Award showcases best practices in the workplace, not only to honor good works, but to also serve as examples of leadership for others to follow. McDonald’s is honored to have our employee networks cited as an example of such leadership.” McDonald’s Corporation received a 2006 Freedom to Compete Award for its employee networks across the United States geared toward individuals belonging to diverse groups.

The seven award recipients in 2006 covered a range of industries and professions including high-tech, food service, engineering, public service, and health care. Nominations for the 2007 awards may be made by the public or an entity may nominate itself. Eligibility criteria for nominees include:

The nomination submission requires an application containing the following information:

Further information about the nomination submission criteria, procedures, and previous award winners is available on the Commission’s web site at Nomination packages must be received by EEOC no later than Dec. 13, and may be sent by e-mail to, standard mail, or otherwise delivered to Jay Friedman, EEOC, Office of Research, Information and Planning, 1801 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20507.

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