Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence

Date: 02/19/2016 Description: Logo for the Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), established by the State Department in 1999 - State Dept Image

Award for Corporate Excellence

The annual Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) recognizes U.S. firms that uphold high standards of responsible business conduct. Established in 1999, the ACE seeks to highlight ways in which U.S. companies represent American values in the way they do business, in line with international best practices such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Nominations for the ACE are put forward by Chiefs of Mission of U.S. embassies and consulates, for the work of a U.S. company in a particular country. Finalists and winners for the ACE are chosen by a selection committee comprised of senior U.S. government officials.

For 2019, the ACE will have winners in two categories:

  • Award for Corporate Excellence in Sustainable Operations will honor a company’s commitment to incorporating sustainability into its core policies and decision-making, including environmental, social, or other types of sustainability practices.
  • Award for Corporate Excellence for Women’s Economic Empowerment will honor a company’s commitment to supporting women’s economic empowerment through its values, strategies, policies, programs, procedures, and/or operational practices.

Past winners include both multinational and small-to-medium size enterprises:

  • 2018 – Sustainable Operations: PVH Corp. in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Alaffia in Lome, Togo
  • 2016 - ACE was awarded to six companies in the following four categories:
    • Inclusive Hiring Practices: General Electric in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and McDonald’s Deutschland in Berlin, Germany
    • Transparent Operations: Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde S.A.A in Lima, Peru
    • Sustainable Oceans Management: Bureo, Inc. in Santiago, Chile and Interface, Inc. in Manila, Philippines
    • Small or Medium Enterprise: Andela in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2015 - Weyerhaeuser Productos S.A. (Uruguay); Cargill Vietnam Ltd.; Award for Corporate Excellence for a Small or Medium Enterprise: East Bali Cashews (Indonesia)
  • 2014 - EcoPlanet Bamboo Group, Nicaragua; Wagner Asia Equipment LLC, Mongolia; The Coca-Cola Company, Philippines.
  • 2013 - Taylor Guitars, Cameroon; Fruit of the Loom, Honduras; Plantronics, Mexico.
  • 2012 - Sorwathe, Rwanda; Intel Corporation, Vietnam.
  • 2011 - Sahlman Seafoods, Incorporated, Nicaragua; Procter & Gamble, Nigeria; Procter & Gamble, Pakistan.
  • 2010 - Cisco Systems, Israel; Mars, Inc., Ghana; Denimatrix, Guatemala.
  • 2009 - Trilogy International Partners, Haiti; TOMS Shoes, Argentina.
  • 2008 - Cargill, China; SURevolution, Colombia.
  • 2007 - GE, Indonesia; Transnational Automotive Group, Cameroon.
  • 2006 - General Motors, Colombia; Goldman Sachs, Chile; Sambazon, Brazil.
  • 2005 - Cisco Systems, Jordan; Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Costa Rica.
  • 2004 - Motorola, Brazil; FIJI Water, Fiji.
  • 2003 - Chevron/Texaco, Nigeria; U.S. Steel Corporation, the Slovak Republic.
  • 2002 - Coca-Cola, Egypt; Chindex International, China.
  • 2001 - Ford Motor Company, South Africa; SELCO, Vietnam.
  • 2000 - Motorola, Malaysia; Rayonier New Zealand; Land O’Frost, Uruguay.
  • 1999 - Xerox, Brazil; F.C. Schaffer & Associates, Ethiopia.