Fruit Honored for Work in Honduras

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—Fruit of the Loom Inc. has been named a recipient of the 2013 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), which recognizes the important role U.S. businesses play abroad as good corporate citizens. One of three winners this year, Fruit of the Loom Inc. is being recognized by the U.S. State Department for its exemplary corporate citizenship practices in Honduras, including pioneering union advancements at its local garment manufacturing facilities.

The company is one of the country’s largest private employers, citing its work in forging a ground-breaking collective bargaining agreement with its workers, which has become a model for the Central America region, recognizing unions and adopting of a union-neutral policy at all of its assembly facilities in Honduras, providing more than 10,000 health screenings for people in local communities, and engaging in environmental stewardship through reducing carbon emissions and providing ecological stoves to rural areas.

Three hundred companies were considered for this year’s ACE and the winners were announced at a ceremony in Washington D.C., hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. This is the first ACE award nomination and subsequent win for Fruit of the Loom Inc.

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