This year, The New Silk Road Award will be presented to the Honorable Steven Chu, former United States Secretary of Energy, Nobel laureate, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. He formerly headed the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories ,and was Professor of Physics and Molecular Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. Dr. Chu’s many contributions to the world through science, particularly in energy and his work to build closer US-China collaboration through establishment of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) and his leadership in addressing climate change which so impacts all of Asia (and the rest of the globe), are to be celebrated.
Levi Strauss & Co.
“Sustainability is sewn into the fabric of everything we do- from how our clothing is made to the work we do to help protect our planet.” Levi Strauss & Co. is a pioneer in the apparel industry, pursuing practices to reduce the use of energy, water, chemicals and other materials in the apparel industry. Since launching their Water< Less process in 2011 and Waste< Less collection in 2013, Levi’s has saved more than 1 billion liters of water and recycled more than 11.9 million plastic bottles for their products. Levi’s leadership in sustainability has made them the first apparel company to establish global guidelines for water quality standards for their suppliers and among the first apparel companies to establish a restricted substances list. Levi’s commitments to business sustainability and minimizing the environmental impact of their business practices are to be celebrated.
California-Asia Business Council (Cal-Asia) began bestowing the New Silk Road Award at Asia Night in 2003, calling attention to distinguished business and government leaders who have made outstanding contributions to California-Asia business. In previous years, we have honored leaders and visionaries who have pioneered legal, technological, and financial infrastructure improvements or helped lead the way in philanthropy, innovation, and entrepreneurship.