Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the U.S. Department of State 2012 small-medium sized business Award for Corporate Excellence to OPIC client Sorwathe, a Rwandan tea processing factory. The award honors U.S. business practices, corporate social responsibility and innovation in a company’s overseas operations. The company was chosen from 82 nominees and 11 finalists as the recipient of the award.
Sorwathe was chosen for its support of numerous community initiatives, including adult literacy education; worker association and collective bargaining rights; sustainable forestry and water management and the production of environmentally responsible high quality tea. In addition to these many efforts, Sorwathe distinguished itself as an exemplary socially responsible company by leading the movement for the eradication of child labor in Rwanda’s tea sector.
Since 1978, OPIC has supported Sorwathe and its United States investor, Tea Importers. The relationship has remained strong throughout the years. OPIC continues to support Rwanda’s largest tea producer through insurance and facility expansion. Read more about the Sorwathe project here.
OPIC is proud of the work Sorwathe has accomplished, and congratulates the company on this prestigious achievement.