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Sahlman Seafoods President Marty Williams accepts the Award from US Sec. of State
Sahlman Seafoods makes history with Corporate Excellence Award from US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Michael Ramsingh - January 19, 2012
Sahlman Seafoods Inc. made history yesterday at the 13th annual Secretary of States's Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) ceremony becoming the first seafood company to ever win the award.
The 75-year-old seafood company was honored at the United States Department of State in Washington D.C for demonstrating superb corporate social responsibility for the positive economic and environmental influence its Nicaragua-based shrimp farming operation has had on the country.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in attendance at the ceremony, and praised Sahlman for “leveraging the vast talents and expertise of American entrepreneurship” by providing the region with numerous upgrades to its educational, financial and environmental infrastructure.
“In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world corporations are key actors in international affairs,” she said.
In 1999, ACE was founded to recognize the unique influence American businesses have on impoverished or developing nations by promoting ethical practices and democratic values; companies are selected through a rigorous process based on those achievements.
Since it established its operations in Nicaraga in 1996, Sahlman dedicated its resources to providing the local school system with new facilities, uniforms and educational programs for students as well as improvements to the region’s water wells, health clinics and other key utilities. Additionally, Sahlman was adamant that its operations never conflict with the local environment and made significant efforts to preserve, restore and maintain the region’s environmental assets—such as a company-wide initiative to plant 50,000 mangrove seedlings in the region per year.
Marty Williams, president of Sahlman Seafoods, said the award is a culmination of a company-wide culture.
“Our employees in Nicaragua have spent time, effort and energy trying to make a difference in the environment and communities in which we work, they continually prove that you can do well and do good at the same time,” he said. “It’s a testament to the way the company does business”
Williams added he hopes Sahlman’s national recognition of providing sustainable and environmentally friendly aquaculture operations is a reflection of the positive impacts of the aquaculture industry.
“There’s no reason you can’t run an aquaculture operation and coexist with the environment,” he said.
Sahlman Seafoods President Marty Williams accepts the
Award for Corporate Excellence from US Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Sahlman Seafoods