Nominations open for The 2016 Gold Standard Awards

Nominations for The 2016 Gold Standard Awards are now open, with additional categories, an expanded judging panel and new sponsors headlining this year.

The awards, now in their eighth year, are unrivalled in Asia Pacific, with peer-on-peer judging across 17 categories covering all aspects of communications, public affairs and stakeholder engagement across agencies, corporations, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Entries to the programme, which is operated by PublicAffairsAsia, will be judged by an expert panel of nearly 80 frontline practitioners drawn from communications, government relations, public bodies and the media.

Screenshot 2016-07-29 14.39.38Awards Chairman Penny Burtt (pictured left), who is Vice President of Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, at VISA, said: “Having served as a judge in the Gold Standard Awards for the past three years, I am passionate about the opportunity the awards offer to the public affairs community in Asia to share the very best of our efforts. I am thrilled to be chairing the awards for 2016.”

Among the line-up of categories is a new award for corporate communications, three awards for corporate citizenship, along with categories covering issues ranging from financial communications to crisis and issues management. Awards will also be issued in areas including government relations, public-private partnership, digital communications and employee engagement.

High profile awards include The Prospect Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence, The Gold Standard Award for Policy-Maker of the Year and The Gold Standard Award for Communicator of the Year.

The “gold standard” achievements of Asia Pacific’s fast-growing agency sector will be recognised across all categories, in addition to specific agency awards for regional, specialist and in country consultancy. An additional category of new consultancy of the year, for agencies launched in the last three years, is also added to the line-up.

For a sixth year, in conjunction with 21st Century Fox, the programme will identify an embassy or ambassador for their achievements in engaging with corporations and industry bodies in pursuit of trade or cultural advance.

Among a high profile line up of sponsoring organisations and partners include new sponsors Ruder Finn Asia and Ryan Communication. They join long-standing sponsors which include FleishmanHillard, Edelman, Weber Shandwick, North Head, The House of Rose Professional, The Media Village, AmCham China, PR Newswire and Food Industry Asia.

Commenting, Craig Hoy, Executive Director of PublicAffairsAsia, said: “This year we are honoured to have such a strong line up of categories, judges and sponsors. No other awards programme in Asia Pacific has the same breadth, depth and senior-level engagement. The Gold Standard Awards stand out from the crowd and are truly the awards to win in this region today.”

Nominations for this prestigious programme opened on August 1 and entries must be lodged by September 30. The shortlist will be announced on November 4 and awards will be presented at the annual gala Gold Standard Awards cocktail reception held at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong on December 1.



The Gold Standard Awards nominations close on September 30, 2016. The nomination form and the entry briefing can be downloaded via the links below. For more information, or for any questions, contact us via this email link.

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