Deputy Secretary Blinken Presents 2016 Awards for Corporate Excellence

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 3, 2017

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will present the 17th annual Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Department of State.

The ACE, established in 1999, recognizes U.S. companies that represent American values in their business practices worldwide.

The winners, in alphabetical order by category, are:

Inclusive Hiring Practices: General Electric in Saudi Arabia and McDonald’s Deutschland in Germany.

Small or Medium Enterprises: Andela in Nigeria.

Sustainable Oceans Management: Bureo in Chile and Interface in the Philippines.

Transparent Operations: Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde in Peru.

The ceremony will be open to the press and streamed live on

Pre-set time for cameras: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Final access time for writers and still photographers: 10:15 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).

For further information about access to the event please contact the Department of State Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492. Media with further questions about the Award for Corporate Excellence may contact the Office of Economic Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy at