CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA:
NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 26

THE PROSPECT GOLD STANDARD AWARDS
FOR PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE

Sponsored by: Prospect

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 excellence. 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.

Criteria:
Outline submissions of no more than 1000 words must initially be made in this category by September 26. These will be considered by a panel of Gold Standard Awards judges before we request further details in support of the successful nominations. Nominations can be made by nominees themselves, third parties (such as clients and colleagues) and by Gold Standard Awards judges.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: HP

HP

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. Nominations are also sought from among The Gold Standard Awards judging panel.

Criteria:
Outline submissions of no more than 500 words must initially be made in this category by September 26. These will be considered by a panel of Gold Standard Awards judges before we request further details in support of the successful nominations. Nominations can be made by nominees, third parties (such as clients and colleagues) and by Gold Standard Awards judges.

There is no entry fee for this category.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR POLICY-MAKER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: HP

HP

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.

Criteria:
Outline submissions of no more than 500 words must initially be made in this category by September 27. These will be considered by a panel of Gold Standard Awards judges before we request further details in support of the successful nominations. Nominations can be made by nominees, third parties (such as clients and colleagues) and by Gold Standard Awards judges.

There is no entry fee for this category.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARDS FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

Sponsored by: Eon



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.


One award will be presented in each of the following sub-categories (please state sub-category on the entry form provided):

• In-Country Programme: Awards a citizenship programme taking place in only one country but which is not related to a global programme.

• Regional Programme: Awards a regional citizenship programme which takes place in more than one country but which is not related to a global programme.

• Global-Asia Programme:
Awards the local implementation of a global programme at either the in-country, regional or global level.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• Entries must state whether they are being submitted for in-country, regional or global.
• 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.

THE YAHOO! GOLD STANDARD ‘INTERNET FOR GOOD’ AWARD

Sponsored by: Yahoo!

Yahoo!

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.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

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.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.


THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Sponsored by: Political Monitor

This award recognizes 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 planned engagement with government or a public body was planned, implemented and led to a positive or desired outcome.  

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR
CORPORATE FINANCIAL COMMUNICATIONS

Sponsored by: AmCham China

Amcham China

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.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

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 or diplomatic mission. 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 the achievement of a desired strategy or outcome following a process of external engagement by the ambassador, embassy or consulate.

There is no entry fee for this category.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR ‘IN HOUSE’ TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: Edelman

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.

Criteria:
• Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address team development, recent PA or communications activities and successes, and identify measurable outcomes which align with the broader goals of the company or organisation.
• Referenced achievements must have been launched, or have shown significant activity or progress, in the 18 month period prior to the opening of nominations.
• 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.


THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR ISSUES
MANAGEMENT AND CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

Sponsored by: CS&A

CSA

 

 

 

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.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR NGO ENGAGEMENT

Sponsored by: The Research Pacific Group

 

 

 

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.

There is no entry fee for entries lodged by NGOs.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

Sponsored by: Food Industry Asia

 

 

 

This award recognises excellence in a PPP 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.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

Sponsored by: The Media Village

Amcham China

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.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

Sponsored by: North Head

Edelman






This award identifies excellence in a strategy or campaign engaging external stakeholders. It is open to corporations, governments, embassies, NGOs and trade groups represented in Asia Pacific or representing regional interests outside Asia Pacific. Emphasising outcomes entries should illustrate how a process of planned engagement has achieved a positive outcome with target stakeholder groups.

Criteria:
• 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 nominations.
• 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.

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 to country 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 and public affairs.

Criteria:
• Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address topics including business development, staff numbers and development, service offering, client retention and growth.
• Referenced period should cover the 18 month period prior to the opening of nominations.
• 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.

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 and public affairs.

Criteria:
• Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address topics including business development, staff numbers and development, service offering, client retention and growth.
• Referenced period should cover the 18 month period prior to the opening of nominations.
• 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.

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, corporate public relations and public affairs.

Criteria:
• Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address topics including business development, staff numbers and development, service offering, client retention and growth.
• Referenced period should cover the 18 month period prior to the opening of nominations.
• 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.

  • AWARDS TIMELINE 2014:

    • July 1, 2014
      2014 Gold Standard Awards categories and judges announced
    • August 1, 2014
      Nominations open for the
      Gold Standard Awards
    • September 26, 2014
      The Gold Standard Awards
      nominations close (late nominations up to October 5 by agreement)
    • November 5, 2014
      The Gold Standard Awards shortlist announced
    • December 4, 2014
      The Gold Standard Awards cocktail reception at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong
  • Confirmed 2014 Sponsors: