PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies and owner of iconic brands, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Speedo, Warner’s and IZOD, received the 2018 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) at the annual ACE ceremony on 5 October.
The ceremony, hosted at the US State Department in Washington, D.C., honored two companies for maintaining high standards of responsible business conduct. PVH accepted the Sustainable Operations prize as the main investor of a high-quality clothing production facility in Hawassa, Ethiopia.
PVH Chairman and CEO Emanuel Chirico accepted the award to an audience of approximately 125 business leaders, government officials; including Vice Minister David Hale, and several US Ambassadors in African countries.
At the introduction of PVH, Acting Vice President for economic growth, energy and environment, Manisha Singh noted that the company is committed to people, the environment and communities.
We have brought together like-minded partners to create a model park that is designed to boost economic growth without polluting or depleting Ethiopia’s natural resources.
“PVH’s efforts at Hawassa are an example of bilateral collaboration, providing a better future for employees, a better future for their families and responsible industrialization,” said Manisha Singh.
She further added that we want other companies to look at their model and say we should also do this.
Chirico said that PVH wanted to make a blueprint of a state-of-the-art supply chain facility that was financially meaningful to supplement sustainable operations.
“We have brought together like-minded partners to create a model park that is designed to boost economic growth without polluting or depleting Ethiopia’s natural resources,” he added. “This honor is a proof of our company’s relentless commitment to changing the energy sector – in the right way,” he continued.