Sorwathee Wins U.S. Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence
November 30, 2012
On November 28, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the Secretary of State's 2012 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) in the small-medium-size company category to Sorwathé in Rwanda. The ACE is an annual award that recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that exhibit exemplary corporate citizenship, promote innovation, and advance democratic principles around the world.
Sorwathé, a tea production company, was honored for its efforts to support adult literacy, worker association and collective bargaining rights; undertake sustainable forestry and water management; and produce socially and environmentally responsible high quality tea. Sorwathé distinguished itself by leading the charge for the eradication of child labor in Rwanda’s tea sector. The winner was chosen from over 80 nominations submitted by U.S. Ambassadors across the world.
Since 1999 the Secretary of State has bestowed the ACE on U.S. businesses in every region of the world that meet diverse needs of communities through corporate responsibility activities. The Department of State is committed to working with the business community to further their best practices worldwide and to encourage efforts that improve lives at home and abroad.