Nominations are now open for the 2013 Gold Standard Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement in public affairs and corporate communications across the Asia Pacific region.

Now into their fifth year, the awards showcase corporate, not-for-profit and governmental excellence in areas ranging from stakeholder management, corporate citizenship and public private partnerships.

The PublicAffairsAsia team last month unveiled the full list of 15 award categories, which are now available online. These include unique categories for NGO relations, country and trade promotion, business communications, diplomatic engagement and the use of the internet for social good.

Entries must be lodged by no later than September 27 and will be presented at a gala cocktail reception held in Hong Kong on Thursday, December 5, 2013.

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.

FIA is proud to support the Gold Standard Award for Public Private Partnership, which recognises excellence in any project involving both the public and private sector in Asia Pacific. This award reflects the growing importance of public private partnerships in areas such as health promotion, environmental protection and the delivery of public services.

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 with a diverse range of corporate communications and public affairs experience will oversee the judging process this year.

The panel is led by Elizabeth Hernandez, 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, Hernandez 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."

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.

A full list of award categories and previous winners can be found on the Awards Website.

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