Maurices honored by American Cancer Society

maurices_Logo_ColorFashion retailer Maurices was honored June 12-13 at the American Cancer Society’s Corporate Impact Conference in Denver.

The national women’s fashion retailer — along with sister company Dressbarn, divisions of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. — were among 18 companies that received Excellence in Philanthropy Awards.

They join such Fortune 500 luminaries as Walgreen’s, General Motors and Proctor & Gamble in giving more than $1 million in the calendar year to help prevent, fight and cure the nation’s No. 1 killer.

“It’s an easy cause to support,” said Brad Hartmann, SVP, chief creative officer of Maurices, which operates nearly 900 stores in 46 states. “There isn’t a one of us who hasn’t been hurt by this deadly disease.”

Each year, the American Cancer Society honors companies that are not just donating money, but taking the lead in implementing programs and incentives to reduce the risk of cancer.

With adults spending more than half of their waking hours at work, companies have the perfect opportunity to help associates — and their families — explore and adopt healthier ways to live.

“One of the things we’ve added to our corporate headquarters in Duluth is our own fitness facility with a full-time personal trainer,” said Hartmann. “We encourage our associates to make healthy choices and make working out a part of their workday.”

As a leading cancer fighter since 1913, the American Cancer Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates since 1991 and a 50 percent decline in smoking.

More than 100 companies attend the annual conference every year to learn such things as increasing access to healthy foods in the workplace, incorporating physical activity into the workday, and using financial incentives to encourage wellness.

“Giving back is one of Maurices core values, but of all the charities we support, this is one that truly touches us all,” Hartmann said.