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SMI makes final cut

Ropate Valemei
Friday, January 18, 2013

FIJI'S Sustainable Mahogany Industries (SMI) received a plaque to mark its achievement as a nominated finalist for the US Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) 2012.

Though it did not take out top honours, US Embassy spokeswoman Snehal Morris said it was one of 11 worldwide finalists for the award which recognised outstanding contributions of US businesses and entrepreneurs around the world.

US ambassador to Fiji Frankie Reed said earlier the selection committee was impressed by SMI's assistance in developing Fiji Pure Mahogany brand by supporting indigenous forest reservation and conservation through the exclusive use of sustainable produced and certified mahogany.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton presented the award to small-medium-sized company, Sorwathe in Kigali, Rwanda for its efforts to support adult literacy, worker association and collective bargaining rights.

FIJI Water shared the inaugural title and award with Motorola, Malaysia in 2004.