PublicAffairsAsia has announced the winners of The 2015 Gold Standard Awards. The winners were unveiled at the annual Gold Standard Awards ceremony in Hong Kong attended by over 200 senior figures from the communications and PA industry, the diplomatic community and the media.
THE PROSPECT GOLD STANDARD AWARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
Sponsored by: Prospect
These awards recognise achievement by a senior communications, corporate or public affairs professional connected to the Asia Pacific region. Two awards will be made: one recognising excellence in the agency sector and a second reflecting in-house professional excellence by an individual. The awards are open to the nomination of senior communications and public affairs professionals who are seen as leaders among their peer-groups and the broader corporate affairs and communications industry in Asia Pacific. Please state in-house or consultancy in the nomination.
The Prospect Gold Standard Award for In-House Professional of the Year:
Bev Postma, Executive Director, Food Industry Asia
The Prospect Gold Standard Award for Consultancy Professional of the Year:
Jean-Michel Dumont, Chairman, Ruder Finn Asia
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: The House of Rose Professional – Public Relations | Publishing | People
This category recognises excellence in communications by a business or public figure in Asia Pacific. It is open to anyone or any corporate, NGO or governmental group to nominate a corporate leader, public servant, campaigner or political figure who has shown significant achievement through their communications over the previous 18 months.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR POLICY-MAKER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: Kreab
This award recognises a policymaker in the Asia Pacific region for their gold standard achievement in innovative and consultative policymaking. Entries should illustrate how, through engagement with external stakeholders, an individual minister or policy-maker [for example a regulator] has successfully developed and implemented a specific initiative which addresses the needs or concerns of stakeholders.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARDS FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
Sponsored by: Eon – The Stakeholder Relations Firm
These awards identify excellence in the development of a CSR, sustainability or good governance project which enhances corporate reputation. It is open to corporations, NGOs and public bodies who can show commitment to sustainable business practices, governance values or corporate responsibility either through a single campaign, case study or broader corporate commitment to these outcomes.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP IN-COUNTRY:
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP REGIONAL PROGRAMME
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP GLOBAL ASIA PROGRAMME
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR COUNTRY OR TRADE PROMOTION
This award recognises effective communications and public affairs activity in the promotion of a country, industry or trade. It focuses on the work of chambers of commerce, embassies, trade and industry groups and government trade promotion and investment agencies. It is open to any domestic, regional or global trade promotion activity connected to the Asia Pacific region.
This award is designed to identify excellence in corporate financial communications, government relations or regulatory affairs. It is open to consultancies, corporations, financial institutions, government agencies or regulatory bodies active in the financial communications arena. Entrants should show “Gold Standard” excellence in areas such as M&A communications, IPO communications or related regulatory or governmental affairs.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR DIPLOMATIC ENGAGEMENT
Sponsored by: 21st Century Fox
This award identifies excellence in diplomatic engagement through the nomination of any ambassador, embassy, diplomatic mission or parent foreign ministry. It recognises achievement in corporate public affairs in areas such as the promotion of trade, economic, political or cultural relations. Nominations can be made by diplomatic missions themselves or by a third party, such as a foreign ministry, a partnering corporation, trade group, chamber of commerce or NGO. Entries must show achievement of a desired strategy or outcome following a process of external engagement by the ambassador, embassy, consulate or foreign ministry.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
The Gold Standard Award for Employee Engagement recognises achievement in internal communications or change management within a corporate, NGO or governmental organisation operating in Asia Pacific. It is open to any programme active in the last 18 months. Successful nominations will highlight excellence in the engagement between an organisation and its employees or membership in areas such as crisis management, change management or internal employee communications.
Highly Commended: SAP Asia Pacific Japan: The “Our Simple” Programme
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Sponsored by: Henry Hale Maguire
This award recognises successful and strategic engagement between an external organisation and a government, public body, state agency or regulator. Based on results entries should show how a process of strategic engagement with government or a public body was planned, implemented and led to a positive or desired outcome.
- Bluegrass Consulting, Burson-Marstellar, PPR Queensland, Queensland Corporate Communication Network: Strong Economic Choices for Queensland
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR ‘IN HOUSE’ TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: Edelman
This award identifies excellence in an in-house public/corporate affairs or communications team in Asia Pacific or related to the region. It is open to multinational and domestic corporations, government agencies and NGOs.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR ISSUES MANAGEMENT AND CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS
Sponsored by: NorthHead
This category requires nominations outlining excellence by any corporation, government, NGO or agency in communicating key messages in the management of an “issue” or “crisis”. It is open to entrants from all sectors which can show a “Gold Standard” response to an event which took place in the 18 months prior to the close of nominations.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR NGO ENGAGEMENT
Sponsored by: CS&A International
Entries for this award should show excellence in engagement with or between a non-governmental organisation and a third party organisation. Entries must should high levels of achievement or success in a campaign, project or outreach programme involving a corporation, government agency, industry group and a registered charity or official non-governmental organisation.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Sponsored by: HP Enterprise
This award recognises excellence in any project involving both the public and private sector in Asia Pacific. It reflects the growing importance of public private partnerships in areas such as health promotion, environmental protection and the delivery of public services. The award will be made to a partnership as a group in recognition of the public affairs and communications engagement, execution and outcomes connected to their PPP programme.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS
Sponsored by: The Media Village
This award recognises excellence in the use of digital media, including social media platforms and corporate websites, as a communications tool by business, governments or NGOs. Entrants must show how social or digital media has been used to effectively communicate with target stakeholder groups and has, then, achieved desired and pre-stated outcomes.
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Sponsored by: Vriens and Partners
This award identifies excellence in a strategy or campaign engaging stakeholders such as government, the media, regulators, employees and the public. It is open to corporations, governments, embassies, NGOs and trade groups represented in Asia Pacific or representing Asian interests outside Asia. With an emphasis in outcomes entries will show how a process of planned engagement has achieved a positive outcome with stakeholder groups.
Highly Commended: ICICI Bank: Where ‘I’ Stands For Inclusion
The Winner: Ketchum and P&G – Gillette, Kiss Him Or Not?
THE GOLD STANDARD AWARDS FOR CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: PR Newswire
CATEGORY A: IN-COUNTRY CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR
This award identifies full service corporate public relations and communications excellence by a consultancy within a country in Asia Pacific. It is open consultancies operating at the in-country level. Entrants must offer either a full service portfolio or a specialism in the areas of corporate communications, corporate public relations or public affairs.
The Winner: FleishmanHillard Hong Kong
CATEGORY B: SPECIALIST CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR
This award identifies corporate public affairs, public relations and communications excellence by a consultancy practice or specialist agency. It is open to public relations and communications consultancies operating in Asia Pacific who deliver service offerings in the areas of corporate communications, corporate public relations or public affairs.
The Winner: North Head
CATEGORY C: REGIONAL NETWORK OF THE YEAR
This award identifies corporate public relations and communications excellence by a full service consultancy at the regional network level. It is open to public relations and communications consultancies operating in Asia Pacific who deliver service offerings in the areas of corporate communications, financial communications, crisis management, corporate public relations or public affairs.
The Winner: Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific