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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 4, 2008


Under Secretary of State Reuben Jeffery III to Present 2008 Secretary of State's Awards for Corporate Excellence

Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs Reuben Jeffery III will announce and present the 2008 Secretary of State’s Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on Thursday, November 6, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State.

The Secretary of State awards the ACE in recognition of the vital role that U.S. businesses play worldwide to advance good corporate governance and democratic principles and to highlight the Department’s commitment to promote exemplary business practices globally. This year marks the 10th annual presentation of the ACE.

Two 2008 ACE winners were selected from the following 11 finalists: Cargill in China, Dole in the Philippines, Esso Angola, Google Brazil, Microsoft India, Occidental de Colombia, Starbucks in Guatemala, STM Telecom Sanchar in Nepal, Surevolution in Colombia, Virtusa in Sri Lanka, and Weyerhaeuser in Uruguay.

After the presentation of the awards, Under Secretary Jeffery will lead the interactive portion of the ACE ceremony via satellite with U.S. Ambassadors and local company executives at the U.S. Embassies which submitted winning nominations.

This event is open for press coverage.
Pre-set time for cameras: 7:45a.m. from the C Street entrance
Final access time for all press: 8:30 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).

Press Contacts:
Jeffrey Jamison
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs
(202) 647-4864

or

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

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Released on November 4, 2008

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