Created in 2012 and awarded by the U.S. Embassy in France, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in France and the French-American Foundation – France, the Washburne Award honors an American and a French company for their innovative actions in promoting diversity in the workplace.
The French-American Foundation – France is pleased to be associated with this important award for the third consecutive year. A medal with the effigy of Elihu Washburne was awarded to the two 2014 laureates, Colas S.A. and FedEx.
The ceremony was held at the U.S. Embassy in presence of Madame George Pau-Langevin, Ministre des Outre-Mer.
The second edition took place on May 14th, 2013 at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to France Charles H. Rivkin, with Fleur Pellerin, French Deputy Minister in charge of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Innovation and Digital Economy, and a 2012 Young Leader.
The 2013 recipients of this award were Worldwide Flight Services and Coca-Cola-Enterprises. They were given a medal representing the face of Elihu Washburne, a leading 19th century proponent of racial equality in the United States.
For the first edition, the prize was presented by Lilian Thuram, President of the Foundation “Education against racism”, to a French Company, Casino Group and to the CorporateFoundation KPMG France.