Sponsoring a Gold Standard Award is the perfect way to promote your organisation to a wide-ranging group of influential stakeholders 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 can promote specialist communications 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.

The full list of 2017 Sponsors will be announced when categories and criteria and published on August 1.




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.

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Ruder Finn

Ruder Finn Asia is proud to sponsor The 2016 Gold Standard Awards. Founded in 1989, Ruder Finn Asia is the Asia-Pacific subsidiary of New York-based Ruder Finn, the leading independent global public relations consulting firm.  Growing at an average of 25 percent every year since 2000, Ruder Finn Asia today employs close to 300 consultants in Asia-Pacific and has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. The firm is represented across all other regional markets through a network of high quality affiliates. Ruder Finn Asia’s business centers on four strategic pillars: Corporate & Public Trust, Global Connectivity, Health & Wellness and Life+Style. The firm offers expertise in reputation management, digital and social marketing strategy, crisis communication, employee engagement, design and executive skills training. Ruder Finn Asia is also supported by award winning digital practice, RFI Studios; INSIGHT, which provides training as well as research on trends, producing the annual China Luxury Forecast; and Activation, a unique practice which establishes creative partnership opportunities.


21st Century Fox

21st Century Fox is an independent media and entertainment company reaching more than a billion people in 100 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic Channels, Fox Pan American Sports, MundoFox and STAR; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and Shine Group. The company will also provide premium content to millions of subscribers through its pay-television services in Europe and Asia, including Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and its equity interests in BSkyB and Tata Sky.


North Head

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.


Edelman Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa

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.

Visit www.edelman.com  for more information.

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Ryan Communication

Ryan Communication challenges the model of traditional Public Relations and Corporate Communications. We have the energy of a tech start-up, yet a deep respect for tradition, heritage and the sanctity of reputation and brand.
Our team of 30 executives has a deep passion for understanding the intersection of financial markets, business, economics and policy. We are driven by the challenge of positioning and building brands and communicating amid increasing complexity.
From FinTech challenger brands to the world’s oldest Investment Banks, every client is unique and every journey is exciting.
Ryan Communication is home-grown and Asian. It’s what we know. We have offices in some of Asia’s most dynamic cities – Hong Kong, Singapore & Shanghai – and act daily in many other pockets of Asia. www.ryancommunication.com

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Chase India

Chase India is South Asia’s leading research and public policy consulting firm. It was set up by the founding members of Avian Media, India’s award-winning communications firm, as an independent company in 2011. Chase India counsels private sectors, NGOs and investors with research-based inputs to help navigate through a complex political, legal, policy and regulatory environment. The team at Chase India comprises experts, who have worked for years in regulatory and industry bodies and government organisations, and, academicians and former journalists with experience in various levels of policy intervention.
Our team works across federal, state and municipal levels. Our services help our partners adopt compelling strategies to engage with relevant stakeholders on a range of regulatory issues. Chase India is known for its result-oriented approach and high ethical standards. As a research-focussed company, we continue to push ourselves to exceed our partner expectations and help them foresee and endure any unexpected hurdles in the public policy space.
For more information, visit http://www.chase-india.com


 Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 78 cities across 34 countries with a network extending to 126 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, including being honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015 and 2016, an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, and The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 25 Cannes Lions since 2009. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. 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 as well as the ICCO Regional Network of the Year Asia Pacific in 2015. 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).
For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.asia.




Asia Group Advisors

Asia Group Advisors (AGA) is a strategic and investment advisory firm that helps organisations identify and capture business opportunities and navigate complex regulatory, political, and economic issues across Southeast Asia. With staff based in Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and Hanoi, AGA works with leading corporations and organisations that span across a range of industries including energy, financial services, information and communications technology, e-commerce, environmental sustainability, and logistics.
For more visit the Asia Group Advisors website: http://asiagroupadvisors.com




House of Rose Professional Pte.Ltd

House of Rose Professional Pte.Ltd. 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.
For more information click here.



FleishmanHillard is the world’s most complete global communications firm, specializing in public relations, public affairs, marketing, paid media, and transmedia and social content. FleishmanHillard delivers on The Power of True, reflecting the firm’s high values, and unique ability to guide clients through a world demanding unprecedented authenticity and transparency. FleishmanHillard was named PRWeek’s 2014 Global Agency of the Year, “Standout Agency” on Advertising Age’s 2013 A-List; NAFE’s “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” for 2010-2014; and among PRWeek’s 2013 “Best Places to Work.” The firm’s award-winning work is widely heralded, including at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. FleishmanHillard is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc., and has more than 85 offices in 30 countries, plus affiliates in 42 countries.
Visit us at www.fleishmanhillard.com



Food Industry Asia

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 food security, food safety and the harmonisation of standards. The organisation covers the whole of Asia, acting as a policy hub for national industry associations and affiliated groups to engage with public bodies and other stakeholders at a regional level.
For more information, please visit www.foodindustry.asia

The Media Village

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 meetme@themediavillage.com to see some of their work and discuss your needs.
Visit http://www.themediavillage.com/ for more information.


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.
For more information about AmCham-China, please go to www.amchamchina.org

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PR Newswire

PR Newswire (www.prnasia.com), a Cision company, is the premier global provider of news release distribution and multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, public relations practitioners and investor relations professionals to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry in 1954, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, distribute, target and measure text and multimedia content across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel 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.
Cision is a leading global media intelligence company, serving the complete workflow of today’s communication professionals.


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.
For more visit http://www.cprfhk.org

The Public Relations Consultants’ Association Of Malaysia

Founded in 1999, the Public Relations Consultants’ Association of Malaysia is an independent, non-profit organisation representing public relations practitioners either working in-house or in consultancies. PRCA Malaysia is dedicated to fostering public relations excellence, contributing effectively to organisational goals nationwide, and becoming a model for effective communication. The Association serves as a platform for the exchange of information and views, while striving to set industry standards, develop young consultants and provide a unified voice for practitioners.


The China-Britain Business Council

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is the UK’s leading source of practical services to British companies doing business with China. CBBC supports British companies of all sizes – new entrants and established operations -providing business services, practical in-market assistance and industry initiatives. Services provide companies support to access the potential of the China market and to develop a sound business strategy. Working closely with UK Trace & Investment, for whom CBBC offers Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) services on behalf of, CBBC’s services are delivered through a network of seven offices in the UK and presence in 11 Chinese cities. Membership offers further benefits including discounted prices for services, special member-only events and information. CBBC’s status allows it to play a vital role in lobbying both UK and Chinese officials on matters important to the success of British business in China.
For more information visit: www.cbbc.org

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.
For more information, visit www.pria.com.au