“This address not only taught about corporate social responsibility and sustainability, it also made me think about the topics in an even broader way than I already was thinking. This will help me in my role as a public and private sector leader and mentor.”
The ACE Awards established by the Department of State recognizes the important role U.S. businesses play abroad as good corporate citizens further the commitment to CSR, innovation, exemplary practices and democratic values worldwide. Bati was in the company of other global leaders recognized in this same cohort which included individuals from the likes of Coca Cola, Boeing, Citibank, Dole, Esso and Fruit of the Loom to name a few.
The ACE seeks to highlight ways in which U.S. companies represent American values in the way they do business, in line with international best practices such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Nominations for the ACE are put forward by Chiefs of Mission of U.S. embassies and consulates, for the work of a U.S. company in a particular country. Finalists and winners for the ACE are chosen by a selection committee comprised of senior U.S. government officials.
THE BATI CREDO
Principles are timeless. They govern our lives and control the consequences of our actions. Principles are universal. They are natural laws that are self-validating. They are realities found at the nucleus of our actions.
The popular social language is often “we control our own destiny” when in fact we are not in control; universal principles control. If we accept that and follow the principles; then in that sense we are in control.
Responsible citizens strive to understand the principles which underlie their actions. Because situations may change, and certain actions may no longer apply, but the principles will remain constant.