The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs of the United States Department of State is pleased to announce four winners of the 2022 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will honor these four U.S. companies, large and small, presenting the award at a ceremony on December 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM EST at the State Department. The ACE categories for 2022 are Responsible Business Conduct; Climate Resilience; and inclusive economic growth.
- Two companies won prizes in the category Responsible business operations. Anova Technical Services, LLC, a small business in Bali, Indonesia, won this year’s award for offering fully traceable seafood by safely tracking seafood from point of catch to point of sale. GAP Inc., India, was awarded for taking care of people during the COVID-19 pandemic: When the pandemic hit and their suppliers couldn’t pay their employees, GAP Inc. intervened, negotiating the payment of wages and providing financial security for those most vulnerable to the economic crisis impact of the pandemic.
- In the Climate resilience category, the 2022 ACE winner is Drinkwell, Bangladesh. Drinkwell provides safe and affordable water directly to residents of densely populated neighborhoods in Dhaka.
- In Inclusive economic growththe 2022 ACE winner Intel, Costa Rica be first Skills 4 Life capacity building training designed for disadvantaged afro descendants and indigenous populations in one of the lowest income regions in Costa Rica.
This year marks the 23rd year of the Award for Corporate Excellence. Founded in 1999, the ACE recognizes the critical role American companies play in raising standards of business conduct. Together, these companies are at the forefront of tackling some of our biggest global challenges.
The U.S. State Department is committed to working with businesses to promote responsible business practices worldwide and recognize their efforts to improve lives at home and abroad. For more information, visit the Secretary’s Award for Corporate Excellence webpage.
The 2022 ACE Ceremony, by invitation only, is open to qualified members of the media based on space availability. A separate press release with access details will be issued shortly. For media inquiries, please contact [email protected]