Berkshire Bank Recognized for Excellence in Corporate Citizenship at 20th...

Berkshire Bank Recognized for Excellence in Corporate Citizenship at 20th Anniversary of U.S. Chamber Foundation Citizens Awards

December 2,2019, Boston, MA — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center named Berkshire Bank the winner of the 2019 Citizens Awards, in the category of Top Corporate Steward- Small – Middle Market Business, for its Be FIRST Commitment, the company’s comprehensive corporate responsibility, social impact and sustainability strategy which focuses on building a responsible workforce, fostering sustainable communities and financing the future.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual awards program, which recognizes the most innovative and impactful corporate citizenship initiatives raising the bar on social responsibility and spearheading the transformation to a strong, healthy and sustainable future.  

“We’re honored to receive this award from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation for our work financially empowering our communities, reducing the wealth gap and helping everyone realize life’s exciting moments. Our Be FIRST Commitment is at the heart of our efforts to transform our communities and future-proof the company. This recognition reinforces that commitment and our belief in the power of our business as a collective force for good.” stated Gary Levante, SVP Corporate Responsibility & Culture at Berkshire Bank.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Citizens Awards honor businesses for their significant positive impact in communities around the world. For 20 years, this awards program has illustrated how every day businesses serve as a powerful force for good and lead the charge in creating innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Companies and chambers of commerce from around the globe compete for the Citizens Awards, making them one of the most prestigious honors in corporate citizenship.

“Berkshire Bank embodies the big impact small and mid-size businesses can make through their investments in communities across the nation,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “Corporate stewardship is woven into the fabric of Berkshire Bank, and it is an honor to share this company’s story.”

The Chamber Foundation announced the winners of the 2019 Citizens Awards on November 14 at a Washington, D.C. Learn more about the awards program and Berkshire Bank’s story here.

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 About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Bank is recognized for its entrepreneurial approach, relationship-focused service, and distinctive culture that embraces and celebrates the diversity of all. With $13.5 billion in assets, Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment and, insurance services through 132 branch offices in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank. To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and, LinkedIn.  Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN's Boston Bruins coverage.   Life is Exciting. Let us help.®


About Corporate Citizenship Center

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is a leading resource for businesses dedicated to making a difference. For nearly 20 years, our programs, events, research, and relationships with key NGO and governments have helped businesses make the world a better place.


About U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to

6 thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.


Aaliyah Outlaw; Corporate Communications Manager

Berkshire Bank

Phone: 518-925-6027

E-Mail: [email protected]

Yagmur Cosar

U.S. Chamber Foundation

Phone: 202-463-3103

E-Mail: [email protected]