Core Value Nomination

U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has established the Crystal Bean USSEC Values Award to honor employees, who best demonstrate USSEC’s Core Values (Deliver World Class Performance, Act Responsibly, Foster our Diversity, and Trust our Team).

Nominations can be made at any time on the USSEC website and will be reviewed quarterly with one awardee being selected and honored at the end of the calendar year.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Current Employee with a minimum of one year of service
  2. Current Employee in good standing
  3. Holds oneself accountable to work and goals
  4. Takes an optimistic approach to challenges and ideas
  5. Consistent in demonstrating the Core Values
  6. Presents a positive, problem solving, appreciative approach to team work

Submission Requirements

Nominations may be submitted by a peer, manager, director or CEO.

Selection Process

The Core Values Team will select one nominee each quarter. The Annual award will be chosen from the quarterly award winners. Team selections are final and non-negotiable.

Quarterly and Annual Award

Quarterly nominees will receive a lunch in honor of their accomplishments with a member of management and will be featured in the USSEC newsletters.

The one annual award winner will be announced and receive acknowledgement of their accomplishment at the USSEC December Board Meeting and will also be featured in the USSEC newsletters.

The quarters are:

  • 1st Q      Oct. 1 – Dec. 31
  • 2nd Q    Jan. 1st – Mar. 31
  • 3rd Q    Apr. 1 – Jun. 30
  • 4th Q    Jul.  1 – Sep. 30

Winners will be determined in Oct. and the winner will receive recognition at the USSEC December Board Meeting.
For FY2015 only, nominations will be considered beginning in Q2.

Below is a list of the four (4) USSEC core values. Please describe how this nominee demonstrated one or more of these values.


We aim to deliver world class services to our clients, the customers of U.S. soy and our teammates. We act honorably as advocates for U.S. soybean growers. We perform with diligence and perseverance, challenging ourselves to exceed expectations.


We act with integrity in an open and honest manner in all of our relationships. We are good stewards of our resources and recognize that the disciplined management of assets is paramount to our operation. We are ethical, transparent and fiscally responsible.


We operate in over 70 countries. We help our teammates, and the communities in which we live and work, reach their full potential. We respect every individual and believe that our diverse backgrounds and experiences make us stronger.


We believe that the best outcomes are achieved with teamwork. When we work together with trust, shared ownership and accountability, we all succeed.

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For questions, contact Kipp Westmark