Nominations are now open for The 2014 Yahoo Internet for
Good Gold Standard Award, which recognises excellence in the use of the
internet in promoting charitable causes and community engagement across Asia
Now in its third year, the award is conducted in partnership between Yahoo and
PublicAffairsAsia, the network for senior professionals involved in public
affairs, corporate communications, policy-making and regulation.
Entries should be lodged by September 26 (or by October 5 subject to prior
notification under late entry terms) and entry packs can be downloaded from http://www.publicaffairsasia.com/goldstandard
This award is designed to recognise excellence in the use of the internet as an
interactive engagement tool by the public, employees, community groups,
government, charities or NGOs in promoting charitable, community or volunteer
initiatives. It is open to the nomination of non-corporate bodies in Asia
Pacific who can illustrate excellence in the innovative use of the internet for
In 2013 the award was presented to The Internet Society for their project
Wireless for Communities (W4C), acommunity
based approach to bringing the internet to rural India. The Health Promotion
Board of Singapore secured a highly commended award for its “I Quit” Club
initiative which encouraged Singaporeans to stop smoking.
In 2012 award was won by Sonokids Australia which was honoured in recognition of
the “All Abilities ePlayground project” which is directed at increasing
internet access to young children with disabilities.
Commenting, Nick O’Donnell, Yahoo’s Regional Manager of Public Policy for Asia
Pacific, said: “We are delighted to once again support The Gold Standard Award.
Since our founding in 1994, we have been committed to being a socially
responsible corporate partner in the communities in which we live and work
around the world. Just as we challenge our own employees to ‘make good a daily
habit’, this award recognises other individuals to harness the power of the
Internet for good.”
Mark O’Brien, PublicAffairsAsia’sVice President, added: “Community groups, NGOs
and other organizations are harnessing the power of the internet to deliver
impact in areas ranging from the environment, healthcare to building stronger
local communities. We are proud to be working with Yahoo to recognise
achievement in this important area.”
Yahoo has embraced a number of social causes globally including Earth Day,
Breast Cancer Day and World Aids Day. During the two weeks following the
2011earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Yahoo, Inc. helped raise more than US$7
million through donate buttons placed across its network. Yahoo also deployed a
disaster response donation drive after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 that raised
another $230K towards aid in the Philippines.
The Yahoo Employee Foundation is a 100% Yahoo employee funded and managed
organization that awards grants to causes championed by individual Yahoo
employees. An average of $2M per year in grants have been awarded to
non-profit organisations over the past four years.These grants support clean
water initiatives, victims of domestic violence, sustainable farming, and many
As a trusted Internet destination that attracts more than half a billion users
across the world every month, Yahoo believes that the Internet is more than
just a medium that brings down communication barriers; it can also foster positive
The 2014 Gold Standard Awards will be judged by a panel of senior government
affairs practitioners, corporate communications professionals, business leaders
and government figures led by Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President of Government
Affairs for HP.
This award is designed to recognise excellence in the use of the internet
as an interactive engagement tool by the public, employees, community groups,
charities or NGOs in promoting charitable, community or volunteer initiatives.
It is open to the nomination of non-corporate bodies in Asia Pacific who can
illustrate excellence in the innovative use of the internet for good
causes.There is no entry fee for this category.
• Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address planning, execution
and outcomes [where appropriate] on an equal 33%, 33%, 33% basis.
• Nominated programmes must have been launched, or have shown significant
activity or progress, in the 18 month period prior to the opening of
• Please note that supporting materials are NOT PERMITTED. Any reference to
supporting evidence should be included as hyperlinks in the external links
section of the entry form. Entrants can include photos or links to videos in
the main body of the entry form.
About the PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards
The Gold Standard Awards are operated by PublicAffairsAsia magazine and network
and are the industry-leading programme for corporate communications, public
affairs and government relations professionals operating Asia Pacific. Founded
in 2008, the awards have attracted over 800 entries from a wide range of
corporations, NGOs, industry group, specialist consultancies and governmental