Deputy Secretary Blinken To Present 2015 Awards for Corporate Excellence

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 29, 2016

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will present the 17th annual Secretary of State’s Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Harry S Truman building, Washington, D.C. The award ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.

The prestigious ACE, established in 1999, emphasizes the important role of U.S. businesses abroad in advancing ethical practices, sustainable development and democratic values through exemplary conduct in their overseas operations.

U.S. ambassadors from around the world nominated U.S. companies for this year’s award. A senior interagency committee selected the three winners from among the following ten finalists: Cargill Vietnam Ltd. in Vietnam, East Bali Cashews in Indonesia, Gigawatt Global in Rwanda, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. in Hong Kong, I-DEV International in Peru, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited in Ghana, Runa LLC in Ecuador, Tegu in Honduras, Texas Instruments, Inc. in the Philippines, and Weyerhaeuser Productos S.A. in Uruguay.

The ceremony will be live streamed at

The ceremony is open for press coverage:

Pre-set time for cameras: 9:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Final access time for writers and still photographers: 9:45 a.m. from the 23rd street entrance.

Media 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).

Press Contacts:

Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State, (202) 647-2492, or Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State,