Chicago (Dec. 15, 2003) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Corporate Citizenship has awarded professional services firm Deloitte & Touche its inaugural Citizenship in Action award for the Big Four firm’s work with Junior Achievement Inc.

Deloitte and JA worked together to create the Excellence Through Ethics curriculum, launched last May in Chicago. The program has an annual goal of reaching up to three million students in Grades 4 through 12 in more than 20,000 schools across the country. More than 800 Deloitte partners and employees volunteer in Junior Achievement classrooms, making Deloitte one of Junior Achievement's largest corporate volunteers.

Since the launch of the program in Chicago, 123 Deloitte employees have taught the Junior Achievement curriculum to more than 1,600 public school students in 64 classrooms around the city.

"The goal of Deloitte's program with Junior Achievement is to reinforce the importance of ethical behavior," Jeff Rohr, regional managing partner for Deloitte in Chicago and a Junior Achievement board member, said in a statement. "We hope to have a significant impact. We want the future business leaders of America to recognize that doing business honestly is not only the right way -- it's the only way."

Each year the Center for Corporate Citizenship plans to recognize firms that show “extraordinary corporate citizenship” and “take a courageous action that reflects the ethical values of the company.”

-- WebCPA staff

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