A week of celebration and suspense ended with the announcements of the Environmental Respect Awards Ambassador winners. The four winners were Environmental Crop Management Ltd., Warrington, UK; Hector A Bertone, Córdoba, Argentina; Shramik Krishi Sewa Kendra, Sangamner, Maharashtra, India; and Helena of Dillsboro, Indiana.
The evening started with a short walk to the up the road for a photo on the steps of the Capital building.
After returning to the Hyatt Regency hotel, the honorees were treated to cocktails and dinner before the awards were handed out. Ray Forney, Product Stewardship Manager at Corteva, and the emcee for the evening kicked off the ceremony with a little music and dance up to the podium. All the honorees were allowed to select a walk-up song as they came to receive their awards. While many chose songs reminiscent of their home countries, there were some interesting choices including AC/DC’s “Back in Black.”
The regional winners were brought up on stage (see the full list here), handed their trophies and photos were taken. Several Corteva executives announced and handed out the trophies including: Marv Wilson, Seed Platform Business Development and Licensing Lead; Bill Belzer, Director, Global Stewardship; Helen Flanigan, product stewardship manager; and Krysta Harden, External Affairs & Chief Sustainability Officer.
It was then time for Rajan Gajaria Executive Vice President, Business Platforms, who got to break open the sealed envelopes and make the big announcement — the four ambassadors. All the winners were honored for their commitment to sustainability and demonstrating environmental respect, but the ambassadors were singled out for taking that dedication to a deeper level. They were recognized for being the best of the best.