Amerigroup Brings Home CSR Award for Real Caring and Real Solutions

Washington (Feb. 25, 2010) – Amerigroup was named 2010 Overall Leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practices by PR News for its companywide volunteer and campaign initiatives. The award was presented at PR News’ annual CSR & Legal Awards luncheon, Feb. 24, 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., which recognizes corporations and their partners for outstanding CSR campaigns in 30 different categories.

In the category comprised of companies with less than 25,000 employees, Amerigroup was awarded for its “Real Caring” initiative. Real Caring is a companywide campaign supporting employee opportunities to volunteer in their communities, utilize their expertise through disaster response deployments and partner with charitable organizations to donate resources. The company was also recognized for its ability to grow and showcase those efforts with the launch of its “Real Solutions in Healthcare” campaign that outlines the “10 solutions” in which Amerigroup demonstrates its value proposition among the people it serves.

“It is with great pleasure, I accept this award on behalf of Amerigroup,” said Amerigroup senior vice president of corporate communications, Tara J. Wall, who attended the ceremony. “From our CEO down, our leadership sets the example of corporate responsibility that is mirrored by a passionate team of associates, who truly exemplify Real Caring.”

For the Real Caring initiative, 2009 was a year of sustainability and growth as it expanded with greater volunteer opportunities for the company’s 4,000 associates. Those opportunities included, but weren’t limited to, paid leave for volunteer hours, disaster relief response and “Real Story” testimonials. In the midst of a tough economic environment nationwide, Amerigroup persisted in continuing to make corporate social responsibility a top priority.

“What makes Amerigroup special is that each day, we have the opportunity to help those who need a little assistance,” said James G. Carlson, Amerigroup chairman and chief executive officer. “This award further validates our efforts.”

Finalists for this award included Chipotle Mexican Grill, Entergy Corporation, VHA Inc. and Viacom.

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