The U.S. Department of State will present the twelfth annual Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on December 17, 2010, during a ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Harry S. Truman building, Washington, D.C. The ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Thomas Jefferson Room.
The prestigious and competitive ACE is designed to recognize the important role that U.S. businesses play in advancing good corporate governance and democratic principles worldwide. The award honors exemplary business practices, corporate responsibility and innovation in a company’s overseas operations.
This year, a record number of 78 nominations were received for American companies operating in 46 different countries. The winners were chosen by the Principals’ Award Selection Committee. The Committee, chaired by the Under Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, includes a representative of the Secretary, the Under Secretary for Global Affairs, the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and various Assistant Secretaries. It also includes the President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and senior officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Department of Commerce.
Three 2010 ACE winners were selected from the following 12 finalists: Alta Ventures in Mexico, Cisco in Israel, Coca-Cola in Swaziland, Denimatrix in Guatemala, Fiji Water in Fiji, GE in India, Intel in Costa Rica, Mars, Inc. in Ghana, PepsiCo in India, Qualcomm in China, Synopsys in Armenia, and Tang Energy in China. The winners will be publicly announced when the Secretary officially presents the ACE to this year’s winners.
After the Secretary announces the 2010 ACE winners in Washington, there will be an interactive portion of the ACE ceremony via satellite with U.S. Ambassadors and local company executives at the U.S. Embassies/Consulates which submitted the winning nominations and are convening simultaneous events.
The ceremony is open for press coverage.
Pre-set time for cameras: 10:00 a.m. from the C Street entrance.
Final access time for all press: 11:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).
Kerry Humphrey, Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, (202) 647-0677
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