THE Sustainable Mahogany Industries (SMI) in Fiji has been selected as one of the eleven finalists for the 2012 US Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE).
US ambassador to Fiji Frankie Reed said the selection committee was impressed by SMI's assistance in developing the Fiji Pure Mahogany brand by supporting indigenous forest reservation and conservation through the exclusive use of sustainable produced and certified mahogany. "In fact, Sustainable Mahogany Industries has just been announced as one of only 11 worldwide finalists for the 2012 US Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence which recognises the outstanding contributions of US businesses and entrepreneurs around the world," said Ms Reed.
She said ACE finalists ranged from large, instantly recognisable US corporations, such as Microsoft, Intel, and General Motors, to small, newer companies such as SMI.
"We thank Sustainable Mahogany Industries again for their positive model of American corporate social responsibility," Ms Reed said.
Meanwhile, SMI was the first company to be provided with a licence to purchase mahogany and has a substantial number of women working in the sawmill, operating state-of-the-art machines in making world-class guitar components out of Fijian mahogany.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama revealed this recently.
He said the selections committee also applauded SMI's efforts in empowering women through employment and professional advancement; and implementing exemplary occupational health and safety processes.