In the wake of tragedy, The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partner,
Relief efforts continue today, and have recently been recognized by the U.S. Department of State. On Dec. 9, Coca-Cola was presented the Secretary of State’s prestigious 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The ACE is given to American companies who undertake responsible activities to improve lives and advance the needs of local communities around the world.
“Every year, the names of the companies change, but our purpose remains the same: to honor American companies that have shown that ‘for the best American companies, there is no conflict between doing well and doing good,’” said Charles Rivkin, former Ambassador and current Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.
Doing well by doing good is at the heart of
The State Department commended Coca-Cola for its sustainability programs in the Philippines, which have improved water quality in the country and increased access to primary education for more than 60,000 disadvantaged children. Typhoon-affected areas have also been the focus of a partnership between
An interagency committee chaired by the State Department chose the winning three U.S. companies from 39 nominations submitted by U.S. Ambassadors around the world. U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg nominated
EcoPlanet Bamboo Group in Nicaragua and Wagner Asia Equipment, LLC in Mongolia were also presented with the ACE.