The food company Nestle, a frequent target for baby-milk campaigners, is to sponsor an award for "social commitment" at the 2003 Food Industry Awards.
The prize will to go the company that has demonstrated a "long-term commitment to society and social issues through a local or national initiative".
Among the finalists are Tesco, which sponsors the Race for Life, a series of 5km fun runs or walks for women to raise money to combat cancer. The supermarket chain works with Cancer Research UK to raise awareness and increase the number of participants and funds raised.
Cadbury Schweppes has been nominated for working on a youth facility in Keynsham, Somerset, while Cadbury Trebor Basset is nominated for a project based in Birmingham which provides accommodation for 11 homeless people.
The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony on 14 October.