The 2017 SPONSORS:

An unrivalled range of organisations committed to industry excellence


Edelman Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for In-House Team of the Year

Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Edelman operates in 13 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APACMEA) and has affiliates in more than 40 cities. Edelman was named The Holmes Report’s 2013 Middle East, 2014 and 2016 Asia-Pacific Digital, 2015 Korean and 2016 North Asia Consultancy of the Year; Campaign’s 2013 Indonesia Digital, 2013 and 2015 South Asia PR, 2014 Australia/New Zealand PR and 2015 and 2016 Japan/Korea PR Agency of the Year; and Asia-Pacific Excellence Award’s 2015 Agency of the Year.

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Sponsor of The Prospect Gold Standard Awards for Professional Excellence

Prospect is the proud Sponsor of the Gold Standard Awards for Professional Excellence. Prospect is a global talent resource consultancy within the PR and corporate communications sector with offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. In Asia Pacific, we are unique in our specialisation of matching mid to senior level PR & Communications talent to global PR & PA consultancies and MNC’s. Our deep knowledge of the region helps us understand the hiring challenges our clients face, making us the region’s agency of choice. We work very closely with global firms and PR consultancies across a variety of sectors including banking, asset management, professional services, retail, consumer and technology.
From internal communications, integrated marketing communications, government and media relations through to corporate affairs, CSR and digital, we have the knowledge and capabilities required to advise you on sourcing the best talent. We also work with industry leaders and publications to offer our perspective on hiring and retaining talent. We share our thoughts and insights on the communications market across the region through events, chairing talent panels at professional forums and via our own networking evenings and roundtables. Our annual State of the Industry report in association with Public Affairs Asia has become an integral guide to salaries, issues and trends in the PR & corporate communications industry.

For more information visit the website or contact Emma Dale


21st Century Fox
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Diplomatic Engagement

21st Century Fox is the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic, STAR India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 350 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50% ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds a 39.1% ownership interest in Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves 22 million customers across five countries.

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North Head
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Stakeholder Engagement

North Head is honored to return this year as a sponsor of The Gold Standard Awards. North Head is an independent strategic communications and public affairs consultancy with a clear China and Asia focus. It specializes in partnering with either multinational companies operating in this dynamic but challenging market or supporting Chinese / Asian companies extending their reach globally. North Head also works with trade associations, governments, and NGOs. The consultancy is focused on a research- and knowledge-based approach, providing landmark thinking and insights on integrating stakeholder relations and reputation management. North Head offers strong media and government relations in China, with an extension to major Asian cities. The experienced team is led by senior PR and PA veterans, acknowledged as the best agency for issues and crisis management in 2011 and Consultancy of the Year in 2013 and 2015 by PublicAffairsAsia.

For more information visit the North Head website or contact Robert Magyar

CS&A International
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Crisis and Issues Management

CS&A is an international risk, crisis and business continuity management firm specializing in crisis anticipation, detection, prevention and mitigation. CS&A is devoted to the mission of helping its multinational clients continuously enhance their crisis resilience by delivering customized best practice solutions and services.
Founded in Hong Kong 25 years ago, CS&A operates globally from key geographic locations in Asia, Europe and the United States.

For more about CS&A International visit the website

Landmark Public Affairs
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Public Private Partnership

Landmark is an independent international public affairs and strategic communications agency. We help our client to engage effectively with decision-makers, stakeholders, opinion formers and the media to achieve strategic business objectives.

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Weber Shandwick
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for NGO Engagement

Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries, with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Advertising Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017.
Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and The Holmes Report’s Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. In addition Weber Shandwick was named The Holmes Report’s Asia Pacific Consultancy of the Year 2014, Mumbrella’s Asia Pacific PR Network of the Year 2014 and 2015, the ICCO Regional Network of the Year Asia Pacific in 2015 as well as the PR Awards Asia, Asia Pacific Network of the Year 2017.
The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies.
Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG).

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MHP Communications
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Country and Trade Promotion

MHP Communications helps its clients drive their business strategy amidst an increasingly complex and rapidly changing geopolitical and technological environment. We deliver award-winning, impactful and highly effective communication programmes that solve business issues by combining insight with sector expertise and a deep understanding of the media and business landscape.
We have been helping clients build corporate brands in the Asia Pacific region for 25 years through our headquarters in Hong Kong, offices in Singapore and Sydney, and satellite operations around the region and our global network. Our professional consultants are experts in brand communications; reputation management; corporate, technology, financial services and capital market communications; sovereign and regional trade promotions; crisis and issues management; employee engagement and change management; and social responsibility communications.
We are part of Engine, a global marketing and communication group operating across 4 continents with over 2500 staff.

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Food Industry Asia
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Policymaker of the Year

Food Industry Asia (FIA) is a non-profit organisation that was formed in 2010 to enable major food manufacturers to speak with one voice on complex issues such as health & nutrition, food safety and the harmonisation of standards. In doing so, FIA seeks to enhance the industry’s role as a trusted partner and collaborator in the development of science-based policy. The organisation covers the whole of Asia, acting as a policy hub for national industry associations and affiliated groups to engage with public bodies, academia, policy makers and civil society organisations at a regional level.

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House of Rose Professional
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Communicator of the Year

House of Rose Professional operates three business divisions – Public Relations (PR), Publishing and People. The PR division provides customized CEO/Corporate Reputation solutions, APEC advisory, Crisis Management, Influencer Marketing and Cross-border PR organizational framework strategy. The Publishing division provides publishing services for book projects of inspirational personalities/CEOs. The People division owns Break the ceiling touch the sky – the success and leadership summit for women (TM) and  provides leadership training, executive search solutions and manages inspirational speaking appearances.

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Lead Sponsor of Leaders in Communications Live and Sponsor of The Gold Standard Awards Guide to the Winners

FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. FleishmanHillard was named Agency of the Year at the 2017 North American Excellence Awards; PRWeek’s 2016 Greater China Agency of the Year; PRWeek’s 2014 Global Agency of the Year and 2014 Asia Pacific Network of the Year; and NAFE’s “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” for 2010-2017. The firm’s award-winning work is widely heralded, including at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. FleishmanHillard is part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and has more than 80 offices in 30 countries, plus affiliates in 43 countries.

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APCO Worldwide
Sponsor of Leaders in Communications Live and Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Government Relations

APCO Worldwide is a global communication consultancy. We help the most innovative organizations adapt and thrive in this fast-moving, interconnected and complex world, enabling them to reach their business and societal goals. We bring our clients’ work to life creatively and digitally through diverse thinking and a campaign mentality that is not limited by any particular service or discipline, but embraces a variety of integrated tactics to achieve success. APCO is a majority employee- and women-owned business.

For more visit the APCO Worldwide website

Eon: The Stakeholder Relations Group
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Awards for Corporate Citizenship

Offering a holistic approach to communication, EON has expanded its service portfolio beyond public relations to include highly specialized areas such as corporate positioning and brand building, public affairs and government relations, research and communication planning, international conference management, advocacy and development communication, online community building, event and activation campaign management, coaching and executive training among other critical fields.
EON’s four business units each have a distinct yet complimentary menu of services that enable clients to capably meet the requirements of their valued stakeholders. With a team of over 90 experts in the fields of media, advertising, branding, marketing, digital communication, government relations and diplomacy, tourism, civil service and public policy, research, finance, economics, sociology, education, design, and cultural studies, EON harnesses the powerful integration of various disciplines to provide primary resources for end-to-end communication.

Racepoint Global
Sponsor of Leaders in Communications Live and Supporting Sponsor of The Gold Standard Awards

Racepoint Global is an integrated global marketing agency that delivers big agency results with a small agency touch. We combine the power of worldwide reach with personal attention. Our clients expect everything to be bigger, better and bolder. They also want access to the brightest minds at all times. We have the necessary DNA to do both. We challenge our clients to do more to stay ahead and demand that they challenge us to be accountable. We drive communications that are strategically sound and strive to forge personal relationships, breakthrough results and lasting impact.

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The Media Village
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Corporate Communications

The Media Village is the official film production partner of the Gold Standard Awards. If you need an award winning film for your entry, The Gold Standard Awards official film production partner, The Media Village, is here to help.
The importance of a strong entry film can’t be underestimated. It’s often the difference between collecting metal and going home empty-handed. The Media Village has years of experience producing award-winning entry films for clients across the world at prestigious international shows including Cannes Lions, CLIO, Silver Anvils, PR Week and others.
Call Charles Edwards or Ella Kan today on +852 3743 0555 or email them at to see some of their work and discuss your needs.

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Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Financial Communications

The American Chamber of Commerce in China is honored to sponsor The 2016 Gold Standard Awards. The American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose membership comprises more than 3,800 individuals from over 1,000 companies operating across China. The chamber’s nationwide mission is to help American companies succeed in China through advocacy, information, networking and business support services. AmCham China is the only officially recognized chamber of commerce representing American business in mainland China. With offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Shenyang and Wuhan, AmCham China has more than 60 working groups, and holds more than 300 events each year.

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PR Newswire
Sponsor of The Gold Standard Award for Regional Network of the Year

PR Newswire, a Cision company, is the premier global provider of media monitoring platforms and news distribution services that marketers, corporate communicators and investor relations officers leverage to engage key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — and then distribute and measure results. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire powers the stories of organizations around the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.

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The Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong

As Asia’s hub for commerce and technology, Hong Kong continues to achieve dramatic expansion in its role as a regional leader. The public relations industry grows concurrently, and the cPRf brings consultancies together to establish standards, discuss issues affecting the industry, and to identify strategies for enhancing the professional reputation of public relations firms in Hong Kong. The Council supports public relations practitioners and the public relations profession by providing a range of member services including accreditation, events and education programs. Its members meet regularly to examine issues including industry ethics, business and public relations trends, and to liaise with other professional and business bodies, and with Government. The cPRf now has 25 members that work together to ensure high standards of professional competence and ethical practice, and to promote the vital role of effective public relations in the management of organizations. The Council’s task forces examine a number of key areas including professional standards development, copyright, public issues and, importantly, the implementation of its accreditation system.

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PRIAThe Public Relations Institute of Australia

The Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) is proud to represent public relations and communication professionals in Australia and establish the highest standards of practice and integrity for our vibrant and growing industry. PRIA represents and provides professional support and recognition to 3,000 individual practitioners, and almost 200 consultancies. Since 1949, it’s been our role to promote and enhance the profession and its status to the broader community throughout Australia and to enforce the principles of ethical standards and represent public relations practitioners in the best interests of the profession. Our members are drawn from in-house and agency practice across all sectors of the industry, from corporate to government to community.
All members are required to make a personal, written commitment to a stringent Code of Ethics, governed by a senior group of practitioners known as the College of Fellows. PRIA also provides members with privileged access to a range of resources, tools and professional support to help them develop the current role or the next. Volunteer committees comprising of PRIA members organise and run hundreds of networking, information and training events each year, to help improve members’ professional skills, networks and opportunities.

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Sponsoring a Gold Standard Award is the perfect way to promote your organisation to a wide-ranging group of influential stakeholders and clients across corporations, government, not-for-profits, the media and diplomatic sectors. It positions your brand as a thought leader in communications and stakeholder engagement and promotes your communications and corporate affairs services to an influential audience of prospective clients and key industry influencers.

For more on the available sponsorship opportunities associated with the 2017 programme contact Mark O’Brien