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2011 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) Finalists Announced


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Robert D. Hormats
Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs 
Washington, DC
October 11, 2011

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Hello, I'm Bob Hormats, Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, and I have the honor of announcing the finalists for the 2011 Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence— also known as the ACE. The ACE has been awarded by the Department of State since 1999 to recognize American companies who are global leaders in corporate social responsibility. American companies are an important face of the United States abroad. They can fulfill an important diplomatic role and contribute to America's overall foreign policy strategy.

This year we received many outstanding nominations. 62 U.S. businesses were nominated by U.S. ambassadors around the globe. These nominations reflect the growing number of American firms that have adopted policies that advance good corporate citizenship and democratic principles in the communities in which they work. Of those 62 nominations, 13 finalists, including 4 small-to-medium sized businesses, were chosen by a selection committee of senior officials from across the U.S. government.

The 13 finalists for the 2011 ACE are:

  • Amway in China
  • ANOVA Food LLC in Indonesia
  • Archer Daniels Midland in Paraguay
  • Cargill in India
  • General Motors in Uzbekistan
  • Grenada Chocolate Company in Grenada
  • Intel in Vietnam
  • Johnson & Johnson in Russia
  • Joy Global Africa in South Africa
  • Procter & Gamble in Nigeria
  • Procter & Gamble in Pakistan
  • Sahlman Seafoods in Nicaragua
  • Tiger Machinery in Russia

Congratulations to all the finalists.

In today’s world, our companies can have tremendous impact promoting our values. There are many millions of people around the world who may never have the chance to visit America, but who still may be touched by the example of our businesses. As Secretary Clinton has stated, “Corporate social responsibility and socially responsible development are not marginal to our foreign policy but essential to the realization of our goals.” We will continue to highlight U.S. companies engaging in socially responsible activities that complement U.S. foreign policy. On behalf of all of us at the State Department and my colleagues across the U.S. government, I would like to congratulate the 2011 ACE finalists for demonstrating leadership in advancing U.S. values abroad.

We all look forward to Secretary Clinton’s announcement of the winners at a

Ceremony here at the State Department in December.

Please continue to visit this site for an announcement of the winners.

Thank you.



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