Atlas’ commitment to corporate responsibility is getting attention. John Dietrich, President & CEO, has been named to “The Responsible 100,” an annual list representing New York’s 100 most outstanding corporate citizens.
“The Responsible 100” list is compiled annually by New York City & State, a news media organization, to honor “an elite group of New York’s most powerful executives, thought leaders, visionaries and influencers, who are setting new standards of excellence, dedication and leadership in improving their communities and making transformative change,” according to event organizers.
The award reflects the commitment of Atlas under John’s leadership to operate as a good corporate citizen, from an internal focus on ethics, sustainability and diversity to an external strategy on philanthropy to community engagement.
“There is no question that this year has provided unprecedented challenges and changes for New Yorkers,” said Ralph Ortega, Interim Editor and Chief of City & State. “We have seen chaos, strife, tragedy and turmoil… a global pandemic, racial reckoning, political upheaval and social unrest. Amid the trials and tribulations, in many ways we’ve also seen the triumph of the human spirit — generosity, compassion and small acts of kindness that help others get through the day. The individuals we are recognizing today are some of those extraordinary people doing their part to make the world a little bit better, which is something we need now more than ever.”
“Social responsibility means being committed to our people, the communities in which we operate, and the world,” said John. “It also means being a catalyst for economic and social progress. Corporate citizenship is firmly rooted in our Atlas core values.”
Atlas’ role in supporting PPE transport this year, and specifically the company’s donation to frontline workers at NYU Langone, contributed to John’s selection for this honor.
“The role we are playing amidst the pandemic is a testament to our commitment as a company to be a force for good,” said John. “Since COVID-19 began, we have worked to safely and efficiently deliver the goods that the world depends upon—medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, PPE and everyday supplies.”
John was highlighted together with other recipients at a virtual event on December 16, hosted by the Reverend Al Sharpton. The celebration included special presentations by noted figures from the New York’s business, nonprofit and academic communities working at the forefront of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement.