Nominations open for The 2012 Gold Standard Awards


Nominations have opened for the 2012 PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards with new categories and an enhanced judging panel.

The
awards, now in their fourth year, uniquely benchmark excellence in
corporate communications and public affairs in Asia-Pacific.

For a second year the awards will be chaired by Steven R. Okun, the director of public affairs in Asia Pacific at KKR.

Speaking when nominations opened, he said: “The programme identifies a broad range of work in
public affairs, social media, NGO engagement, issues management,
stakeholder relations, trade promotion and corporate reputation.
Developing and building relationships between business, government and
civil society continues to grow in importance as we face a world of
global turbulence and technological change.

This year sees the launch of a new award, the Yahoo Gold Standard “Internet For Good” Award.

Commenting
on this new award, Mark O’Brien, vice president of PublicAffairsAsia,
said: “This new 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.”

Another change sees the
consultancy category broken into three awards: Regional Network of the
Year, Specialist Consultancy of the Year and In-Country Consultancy of
the Year. “This allows the judges to determine which consultancies are
performing in different ways, both in-country and in the regional full
service arena,” added O’Brien.

Over 350 projects have been considered since the
awards programme was launched in 2009 and this year the awards reception
will be held on December 6 in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong
Kong.

Nominations close on September 28. To enter the awards, or for more information, visit the awards website.

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