Remarks
Robert D. Hormats
Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs
Washington, DC
October 1, 2009



I'm Bob Hormats, Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Today I am pleased to announce the 2009 finalists for the Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence, which we call the ACE.

The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE since 1999 to companies large and small in recognition of the outstanding contributions U.S. businesses make to the communities in which they do business. This year will mark the 11th year of the ACE program. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will present the winners for 2009 later this fall.

The ACE finalists are businesses that recognize the critical role our companies play globally in advancing good corporate citizenship, innovation and democratic principles.

This year, 11 U.S. companies operating abroad were chosen as finalists from the 42 nominations submitted by U.S. Ambassadors around the world. Each of these companies has shown leadership in what we call the diplomacy of deeds – doing good work that promotes opportunity and prosperity.

We at the Department of State are committed to working with U.S. businesses to further best practices worldwide. We salute the contributions of all the nominees in promoting goodwill internationally.

The finalists for the 2009 ACE are:
  • Chevron in the Philippines
  • Cisco Systems in Lebanon
  • Cummins in China
  • Intel Corporation in Costa Rica
  • Marriott International in Jordan
  • Officenet/Staples in Argentina
  • Oracle Corporation in Romania
  • Protec in Vietnam
  • TOMS Shoes in Argentina
  • Trilogy International Partners in Haiti
  • White & Case LLP in Russia
Congratulations to all the finalists. Through your work, millions know the best qualities that Americans value at home and embody Congratulations to all the finalists. Through your work, millions know the best qualities that Americans value at home and embody abroad – compassion, innovation, leadership and commitment to working with others to build a better and more hopeful future.

We are particularly pleased that this year’s finalists hail from all over the world: Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. The selection of these companies demonstrates that the U.S. business community plays an integral role in promoting economic engagement with the rest of the world.

President Obama noted this role recently when he stated, “Around the world, even as we pursue a new era of engagement with other nations, we’re embracing a broader engagement – new partnerships between societies and citizens, community organizations, business, faith-based groups.” The President acknowledged the importance of contributions by, as he put it, “partnerships between businesses [and] entrepreneurs to advance prosperity and opportunity for people everywhere.”

The ACE finalists are making these contributions every day and in every region. We salute them and are proud to draw attention to their achievements. We look forward to Secretary Clinton’s announcement of the winners at a ceremony here at the State Department.

Please continue to visit this site as we announce the ACE winners and report on other economic work here at the State Department.

Thank you very much.