By THE NATION
US ambassador to Thailand Glyn Davies and Science and Technology Minister Atchaka Sibunruang will preside over the award ceremony today, when they will honour companies with a demonstrated commitment to conduct business responsibly and giving back to society.
The 11th annual ACE Awards salutes Amcham member companies for their long-term efforts to support Thailand’s sustainable development. Qualified companies should have CSR programmes with measurable results that have created both economic and social gains for a year or longer, high levels of employee involvement, and strong strategic partnerships with Thai organisations. The company mission must also align closely with the goals of the CSR activities.
More than 70 companies applied for the awards, 60 met the rigorous qualification standards for recognition, and the following were selected as finalists by a panel of four judges:
lExcellence in Partnership Award – presented by Davies and recognising a CSR project that promotes US – Thai-based partnerships that bring US knowledge, expertise, or best practices to Thailand. Finalists: Dow Chemical, IBM, Western Digital.
lExcellence in Promoting Thailand 4.0 Award – presented by Atchaka and recognising excellence in CSR programming that supports the Thai government’s efforts under the Thailand 4.0 strategy. Finalists: Dow Chemical, Minor International, Pfizer.
lExcellence in CSR Projects Award – presented by AMCHAM and recognising general excellence in CSR projects. Finalists: Citibank, IBM, Western Digital.
Ambassador Davies applauded the finalists, along with all companies with admirable business practices. “I am proud to present the Amcham Excellence in Partnership award for the first time. This award highlights the exemplary efforts of American companies who work alongside Thais to bring about innovative, creative change through their CSR activities.
US firms set the gold standard for innovating with a positive social purpose,” he said. “They pioneer new technologies and business practices that help transform Thailand’s economy toward achieving the goals of Thailand 4.0, but also go beyond that to empower communities to help themselves.”
AMCHAM Board president Jeffrey Nygaard, who will open the ceremony, highlighted the need for companies to focus on creating meaningful long-term impacts.
“The companies assembled here tonight represent the best holistic CSR strategies - strategies that demonstrate an understanding of the linkages between business operations and society, and the key role they should play in creating a world that is prosperous, sustainable, and just for everybody.”
The ACE Awards have become a signature Amcham programme that has been replicated in several other countries in Asia including Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Journalists are invited to attend the award ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok today, starting at 5:30 pm. Advance registration is required.
Those interested can contact Amcham communications director Melinda Page for additional details.