Zipcar Chairman and CEO honored by Root Cause with first-ever business innovator award

BOSTON ― Root Cause, a nonprofit research and consulting firm working to advance solutions to social issues by partnering with the nonprofit, philanthropic, government and business sectors, has presented its first Business Innovator Award to Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar during the eighth-annual Social Innovation Forum Showcase.

“I am both honored and humbled to receive the first Business Innovator Award from Root Cause,” Griffith said. “At Zipcar, innovation is a guiding principle and integrated into every aspect of our business. In addition, one of our core values is ‘have an impact.’ Our business helps to reduce congestion and carbon emissions, while emphasizing smart consumption choices. These are all strong indicators of Zipcar’s positive social impact.

“On behalf of our community of more than 575,000 Zipsters around the world, I’d like to congratulate the social entrepreneurs associated with Root Cause for their powerful and inspiring work.”

Since Griffith took the wheel in February 2003, Zipcar has emerged as the world’s leading car-sharing network. He has solidified Zipcar’s position as a leader of the car-sharing industry, establishing a brand and customer experience that has attracted hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses on the go.

Under his leadership, Zipcar has fostered the emergence of car sharing as a new transportation category, changing urban life by providing instant, affordable mobility across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“At Root Cause, we are working to create a future where nonprofits, philanthropy, government and business work together to foster social innovation and spread what works,” said Andrew Wolk, founder and CEO of Root Cause.

“Our Social Innovation Forum seeks to accomplish this within the Greater Boston community and beyond. We are pleased to honor Scott Griffith as a role model who took the car-sharing concept, began at the local level and turned that into a reality, now on a national and international scale.”