Pompeo recognizes ‘Ambassadors for the American way’

Michael R. Pompeo at lectern with people seated behind him (State Dept./Freddie Everett)
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the ceremony for the 2019 Secretary’s Award for Corporate Excellence in Washington. (State Dept./Freddie Everett)

The State Department on October 31 honored four winners of the 2019 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The awards, now in their 20th year, recognize U.S. companies that promote and uphold high standards in the communities around the world where they do business. In 2019, the two categories were Women’s Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Operations, with two winners — a multinational corporation and a small-to-medium enterprise — in each category.

Chambers Federation is the small-to-medium-enterprise winner in the Women’s Economic Empowerment category for its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Procter and Gamble Asia Pacific, the multinational winner in the same category, is recognized for its work in Singapore.

Woman working at worktable, with words on Award for Corporate Excellence overlaid (State Dept./Photo © Matthew Chambers/Chambers Federation)
(State Dept./Photo © Matthew Chambers/Chambers Federation)
People posing in balloon-filled room, with words about Award for Corporate Excellence overlaid (State Dept./Photo © Alfian Fahrurozi/P&G)
(State Dept./Photo © Alfian Fahrurozi/P&G)

Agilis Partners is the small-to-medium enterprise winner in the Sustainable Operations category for its practices in Uganda. PepsiCo, the multinational winner in the same category, is recognized for the work its PepsiCo India subsidiary has done in that country.

Man taking notes in farmer's field (State Dept./Photo © Will Boase)
(State Dept./Photo © Will Boase)
Woman crouching in field, with words on Award for Corporate Excellence overlaid (State Dept./Photo © Ashima Narain/Pepsico)
(State Dept./Photo © Ashima Narain/Pepsico)

“Our four winners today demonstrate the power of free enterprise,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said at the ceremony. “They demonstrate to our foreign partners that working with our businesses is a path to prosperity and stability.”