GGGI Participant Bureo are winners of the 2016 Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence in Sustainable Oceans Management.

GGGI participants Bureo Inc. have won an Award for Corporate Excellence in Sustainable Oceans Management!

The annual Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) recognizes U.S. firms that uphold high standards of responsible business conduct. Established in 1999, 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. For 2015, the ACE was given out in three distinct categories for the first time: environmental sustainability, human rights and labor rights, and for a small or medium enterprise.

Bureo, a GGGI Participant based in Chile Santiago, designs and manufactures a unique line of sunglasses, skateboards, and other sustainable products for the action sports industry, sourced from recycled fishing nets. They have launched a fishing net collection and recycling program, Net Positiva, to help tackle ocean plastic pollution. Through the program, Bureo has partnered directly with fishing communities across Chile and has recycled more than 55 tons of fishing nets.

Alongside Bureo, Interface, a Georgia-based manufacturer of modular carpet tiles and flooring, also won the Award for Corporate Excellence in Sustainable Oceans Management. Interface works to decrease marine pollution along the coastal areas of the Philippines while improving the lives of local communities. Interface launched Net-Works, a project to remove discarded nets from oceans to prevent marine life from getting caught in them. Net-Works encourages the recycling of these nets by providing payment to participants in the local community. The recycled nets provided by the program are sent to an Interface, Inc., supplier which uses the nylon found in the nets to produce 100 percent recycled carpet yarn. As of 2015, the program has operated in 26 communities and directly benefited over 4,000 people.

Congratulations to both companies! To find out more please visit www.state.gov

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