Nominations open for 2013 Gold Standard Awards


Nominations are now open for the Gold Standard Awards programme which recognises outstanding achievement in public affairs and corporate communications across the Asia pacific region.

The awards showcase corporate, not-for-profit and governmental excellence in areas ranging from stakeholder management, corporate citizenship and public private partnerships.

Among other unique categories are awards for NGO relations, country and trade promotion, business communications, diplomatic engagement and the use of the internet for social good.

Nominations across 15 categories opened on August 1 and entries should be lodged by no later than  September 27.

Following a rigorous judging process, the awards will be presented at a gala cocktail reception held in Hong Kong on Thursday, December 5.

Last year saw a record number of award entries, with over 200 nominations being lodged by MNCs, communications consultancies, NGOs and governmental organisations.

Over 50 judges possessing a diverse range of corporate communications and public affairs experience will oversee the judging process this year.

The panel is led by senior industry figure Elizabeth Hernandez, the Vice President of Government Relations (Asia Pacific and Japan) with Hewlett Packard, and comprises nearly 20 new judges from corporations and the not-for-profit sectors.

Commenting on the 2013 launch, Elizabeth Hernandez, the awards chairman,
said: “Since their launch five years ago the Gold Standard Awards have
developed to become the ‘must-win’ accolade for organisations engaged in
public affairs and strategic corporate communications. Securing a Gold
Standard Award sets an organisation apart from its peers – proving that
it puts effective stakeholder engagement at the heart of its operating
plan. I am proud to be chairing the 50-strong judging panel for this
year’s awards programme and encourage you to participate.”

Launched in 2009, The Gold Standard Awards have grown in strength to become the leading awards programme for strategic communications and public affairs professionals in Asia Pacific.

Among the categories this year is a new award for Policy-Maker of the Year which will recognise innovative consultative policymaking by a government minister, department or regulator.

Previous winners in the programme include leading corporations such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble, GSK, eBay and FleishmanHillard. Other organisations honoured through the programme include Save The Children, The US Embassies in Japan, Vietnam and Singapore and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Sponsors of the 2013 programme include 21st Century Fox, Maybank, HP, eBay, Edelman, Yahoo!, Food Industry Asia, Vero PR, Eon Consulting, Prospect Resourcing and FleishmanHillard.

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