For the 17th time in 23 years, a leading USCIB member company has won a prestigious State Department Award for Corporate Excellence (“ACE Awards”). Intel of Costa Rica is the 2022 recipient of the ACE Inclusive Economic Growth Award for its “Skills for Life” program, a STEM and English language training service for afro-heritage and indigenous populations in one of Costa Rica’s lowest income regions. The goal of the program is to boost youth employability to fill jobs not only at Intel’s extensive Costa Rican operations but also for other local industries.
U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Cynthia Telles nominated Intel and presented the award to Bruce Andrews, Intel’s vice president and chief corporate affairs officer (a former Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce) at the December 9 ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC. Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Jose Fernandez presided before the large crowd of government officials, business representatives and diplomats. Last year’s ceremony was held virtually.
USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson congratulated Intel on the award.
“We at USCIB are delighted, but not surprised, to see a leading USCIB member company among the select group of winners of the prestigious ACE Award again this year,” said Robinson. “Intel and other USCIB member companies are great corporate ambassadors for American business practices and American values around the world. In taking care of their employees and communities, in responsible stewardship of the environment, and in responsible business practices, American companies and USCIB members set the gold standard around the world. I congratulate Intel’s corporate leadership, Vice President Bruce Andrews, and the 3800+ members of Intel Costa Rica’s team on the ground for this impressive achievement.”
Intel follows in the heels of other leading USCIB ACE winners including Mastercard in 2021, the Coca-Cola Company in 2020, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble in 2018 and many others. Again this year, other USCIB members were nominated by U.S. ambassadors around the world for ACE Awards in three categories – Inclusive Economic Growth, Climate Resilience, and Responsible Business Operations. USCIB lauds them all, including Chevron Nigeria, which was a strong competitor in the Inclusive Economic Growth category, distinguished for its work on social risk management strategy to address the root causes of instability and insecurity in the Niger Delta.