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Good business and sustainability is a winning combination for Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers in the 2010 Foreign Company of the Year competition.

“When we learned that our company had been chosen as the Foreign Company of the Year, we were ecstatic,” says Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers CEO and managing director Allan Agerholm. “We set very high goals and expectations when we planned this hotel and office construction,  and this award shows us that the team has been successful in achieving what it has set out to do,” continued Agerholm. “Our quest for sustainability is a journey that never ends, however,” says Agerholm, “so we continue to strive to reach new heights.”

He pointed out that in last year’s competition where Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers was a finalist, the feedback received was that the goals were admirable, but that only time would show if the execution followed the plan.

The annual AmCham award highlights the significance of foreign direct investment in Denmark, and recognizes the contributions, importance and positive impact made by foreign companies operating in Denmark. The award’s independent jury panel consists of Toms Group CEO and DI Chairman Jesper Møller; Chairman for Novo Nordisk, Denmark’s Technical University and the Danish Trade Council, Sten Scheibye; and Copenhagen Business School’s Department of International Economics and Business Management Professor Steen Thomsen.

Foreign companies are important to Denmark
“Foreign companies play a vital role in the Danish economy and have tremendous potential to help Denmark out of its economic challenges. There are more than 3,000 foreign companies operating in Denmark and although these companies comprise only 1% of private sector companies they employ 19% of the private sector workforce,” said Executive Director Stephen Brugger. “I’m proud of our Foreign Company of the Year Award and the exposure it gives our members. Crowne Plaza’s nomination was indeed compelling… and an excellent example of the value that foreign companies bring to the Danish Economy.”

Agerholm accepted the award at a reception at Rydhave, the official residence of U.S. Ambassador Laurie S. Fulton. Ambassador Fulton, the jury panel and Brugger joined Agerholm, his core management team, representatives of many Danish and foreign companies, politicians and government officials at the event, which was sponsored by RiskPoint and Continental Airlines.

“Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is receiving this Foreign Company of the Year award because the company is characterized by a strong  and innovative profile in sustainability, a strong profile in diversity management, the expressed strategic intent of combining good business AND sustainability, and they have made a significant investment in Denmark,” says jury spokesperson Sten Scheibye. “We really need initiatives and innovation like we see in Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers. This is one way to secure growth and competitive power.”

The competition for AmCham’s 2010 Foreign Company of the Year Award was tough – finalists included Abbott, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund, GlaxoSmithKline Pharma, Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen, Oracle, and Roche.

“Selecting the winner from this group of outstanding companies was a difficult task,” says Scheibye. “Babcock and Wilcox Vølund is a very interesting supplier of renewable energy systems and is gearing up for future growth technological advances.  GlaxoSmithKline (prize winner in 2008) shows the way for pharmaceutical firms by investing substantially in R&D partnerships with Danish firms and government institutions.  Abbott and Roche are successful subsidiaries of US/Swiss parent companies with strong ties to the Danish research community. Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen has a particularly impressive diversity management program and is an example of high-value workplaces in an environment influenced by off-shoring. Through its new head office Oracle has contributed to a unique work environment for its employees.”

Agerholm accepted the award to hearty applause. Guests mingled and networked at the reception, an anticipated and enjoyable AmCham gathering each year.

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers joins a prestigious list:  AmCham’s previous Foreign Company award winners have been Iron Mountain (2009) GlaxoSmithKline (2008), iMotions (2007), CSC and Topsoe Fuel Cell (2006), Texas Instruments Denmark (2005), and Nypro Denmark (2004).

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