State Department Honors Taylor For African Ebony Project
...at its Crelicam ebony mill in Cameroon. Presented in a January 29 ceremony, the annual award recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles around the world as good corporate citizens in supporting sustainable development, respect for human and labor rights, environmental protection, open markets, transparency, and other democratic values.
Secretary of State John Kerry made the formal presentation in the Benjamin Franklin Room, saying that through Crelicam, “Bob and Taylor Guitars have fundamentally changed the entire ebony trade. Taylor Guitars has become an effective advocate for legal and policy reforms to improve the permitting process around the ebony trade to better protect both the environment and the rights and needs of other forest users. Taylor ensures that its works are protected, and they ensure that their workers likewise benefit as a result of this.” Kerry concluded, “This is absolutely the example of how people ought to do business. It’s an honor for me to present the 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence to Taylor Guitars.”
In his formal remarks, Bob Taylor shared his view on applying business solutions to environmental problems and acting in the spirit of compassionate capitalism while protecting the value of ebony wood in Cameroon. “Our vision was to transform the way that ebony is harvested, processed, and sold into a new model of responsible social forestry while enriching the lives of our 75 employees through meaningful work,” he said. “To accomplish this, we assumed the role of guardian of the forest, and we operate with the philosophy to use what the forest gives us. To us, this means using ebony of all colors and all variegations, including wood that features spotted or streaked coloring, wood which prior to our involvement would have been left to deteriorate on the forest floor.”
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