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PublicAffairsAsia Announces 2017 Gold Standard Award Shortlist

2017-11-23 09:30
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HONG KONG, Nov. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PublicAffairsAsia has announced the shortlist for The 2017 Gold Standard Awards - the ninth year of the programme. Nomination numbers exceeded previous highs, with over 300 entries lodged across the wide range of categories.

Commenting, awards chairman Shakilla Shajihan said: "Many categories showed significant growth and competition for places on this year's shortlist was intense. The shortlist proves that communications and public affairs are converging fast in Asia Pacific. It also underlines that our industry is responding skilfully to these shifts."

Judges will now proceed to the selection of the winners, with the awards set to be unveiled at the gala awards reception in Hong Kong on November 30. The awards take place alongside the industry leading conference Leaders in Communications Live.

Visit the website for more details:
-       www.publicaffairsasia.com/goldstandard 
-       www.publicaffairsasia.com/commslive

THE 2017 SHORTLIST IN FULL:

THE PROSPECT GOLD STANDARD AWARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
Sponsored By: Prospect

Consultancy Category:

  • John Bailey, Managing Director, Ketchum Singapore
  • Sunil John, Chief Executive Officer, ASDA'A Burson Marsteller
  • Scott Kronick, President and CEO Asia Pacific, Ogilvy Public Relations

In-House Category:

  • Kristen Foster, Director of Government Relations, eBay Australia, Japan and SE Asia
  • Fahad Qadir, Director Public Affairs & Communications, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation Pakistan
  • Whitney Foard Small, Group Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Thai Union Group

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR
Sponsored By: House of Rose Professional

Shortlist:

  • Matt Friedman, CEO, The Mekong Club
  • Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, Te Runanga O Ngati Ruanui Trust
  • Stella Chiu & Chi-Wai Lai 

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR POLICYMAKER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored By: Food Industry Asia

Shortlist:

  • Pak Iman Pambagyo, Indonesian Ministry of Trade: Shepherding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations.
  • Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo: Leading Tokyo Politics in an Unprecedented Manner
  • Nick Xenophon, Senate of Australia: Shepherding new rules regarding media reform

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARDS FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
Sponsored By: EON - The stakeholder relations group

One Corporate Citizenship award will be presented in each of the following regional sub-categories:

Australasia and New Zealand

Shortlist:

  • ClubsNSW: Refugee Employment Support Program
  • Pfizer Oncology: Through My Eyes (with BlueCurrent Group Hong Kong/FleishmanHillard Singapore)

Greater China

Shortlist:

  • L'Oreal China and Burson Marsteller: 20 Years of Adventures in Beauty
  • Pfizer Oncology: Through My Eyes (with BlueCurrent Group Hong Kong/FleishmanHillard Singapore)
  • Wrigley China:  Wrigley China Anti-Littering Education Campaign

South East Asia

Shortlist:

  • GSK Consumer Healthcare: Allied Against Dengue
  • Pfizer Oncology: Through My Eyes (with BlueCurrent Group Hong Kong/FleishmanHillard Singapore)
  • Shell Companies in the Philippines: Shell's Movement Against Malaria - Towards a malariafree Philippines

India and South Asia

Shortlist:

  • Essilor International: Making Vision Count in India
  • ICICI Bank: ICICI Bank's CSR programme through its ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth
  • Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific: Toilets Change Lives India

Japan and Korea

Shortlist:

  • Pfizer Oncology: Through My Eyes (with BlueCurrent Group Hong Kong/FleishmanHillard Singapore)
  • LIXIL Corporation: Tackling the sanitation crisis

The Middle East

Shortlist:

  • ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller: "The Middle East: A Region Divided" - The Ninth Annual Arab Youth Survey 2017
  • INJAZ Al-Arab: Expand Your Horizon
  • Memac Ogilvy: Volkswagen The Human Crossing

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR BROADCAST AND VIDEO

Shortlist:

  • ANZ Bank New Zealand: Donating is about more than remembering -- ANZ's sponsorship of the Returned Serviceman's Association's "Poppy Day" appeal
  • Echo Myanmar:  Lighting the Way Forward
  • Standard Chartered Bank & Merchantcantos: Vishal's Story & Jeremy's Story

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR COUNTRY AND TRADE PROMOTION
Sponsored By: MHP Communications

Shortlist:

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand: Reforming The Royal Thai Customs Laws
  • Genesis Burson Marsteller + Education New Zealand: From Volume to Value
  • Taiwan External Trade Development Council: Meet Taiwan

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
Sponsored By: The Media Village

Shortlist:

  • ICICI Bank: Love Digital in the Times of Demonetisation
  • SAP APJ: Super Awesome People. Our Journey to Becoming an Employer of Choice
  • Text100 Australia: Outthink Melanoma

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR FINANCIAL COMMUNICATIONS
Sponsored By: AmCham China

Shortlist:

  • ItzCash Card Ltd: Introducing a World beyond Wallets (with Adfactors)
  • Cigna International Markets: Live Well: 2017 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey
  • ICICI Bank: Love Digital in the Times of Demonetisation

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARDS FOR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

The Gold Standard Award for Digital Communications

Shortlist:

  • Edelman India: #ReleaseThePressure - Mirinda
  • Weber Shandwick: Crazy for Cranberries - The Taste of Thanksgiving in China
  • Weber Shandwick: Warner Bros. Asks Chinese Kids "Where do Babies Come From?"

The Gold Standard Award for Social Media Communications

Shortlist:

  • ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller: New ways to connect with #AvayaEngage
  • Weber Shandwick: Crazy for Cranberries - The Taste of Thanksgiving in China
  • Weber Shandwick: Warner Bros. Asks Chinese Kids "Where do Babies Come From?"

The Gold Standard Award for Integrated Communications

  • Adfactors: ICICI Bank - Love Digital In The Times Of Demonetisation
  • ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller: Dubai Font - A New Form of Expression
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in China: China's Cyber Insecurity

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR DIPLOMATIC ENGAGEMENT
Sponsored By: 21ST CENTURY FOX

Shortlist:

  • The Australian Office Taipei: "Land Down Under" - Working Holiday Makers' Photography Competition
  • The EU Mission to ASEAN: People of ASEAN - Celebrating human joy, bringing public diplomacy to the ground (working with Edelman)
  • Kurt Tong and The US Consulate General in Hong Kong

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

The Shortlist:

  • Nestle China: Enabling Employees as Creating Shared Value Ambassadors
  • SAP: Super Awesome People. Our Journey to Becoming an Employer of Choice
  • Shell Companies in the Philippines: Digitizing Communications for the Shell Millennial Generation

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Sponsored By: APCO Worldwide

The Shortlist:

  • Airbnb, Inc.: Airbnb Gets the Green Light in Japan
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in China: China's Cyber Insecurity
  • Volvo Group: Global Sustainable Infrastructure and Connectivity Summit and Volvo Group's White Paper on Transport Solutions and Connectivity (with Ruder Finn)

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored By: Edelman

Shortlist:

  • ANZ Bank New Zealand: Telling our story in a world where companies & media aren't trusted -- the creation of a Corporate Affairs team with a newsroom at its heart
  • LIXIL Corporation: Building a Global Team in Japan
  • Shell Companies in the Philippines: Digitizing Communications for the Shell Millennial Generation

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR ISSUES MANAGEMENT AND CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS
Sponsored By: CS&A International

Shortlist:

  • Man Wah Holdings Limited: MW vs MWR – Battle of Reputation (with SPRG)
  • Maverick: "Working Under Fire, Strikes, Riots And Flash Floods, 2,000 Meters Up In A Remote Jungle
  • State Bank of India: Assuaging the public on demonetisation woes (with Adfactors)
  • Thai Union Group PCL: Addressing investigations and criticisms in sustainability of seafood supply chains

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR NGO ENGAGEMENT
Sponsored By: Weber Shandwick

Shortlist: 

  • The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Pakistan Branch: Women Entrepreneurship Program by Kashf Foundation and Coca-Cola Pakistan
  • FleishmanHillard: School for Justice
  • Golin Taiwan: HIV - Overcoming the Fear of the Test
  • The Mekong Club: Fighting The Business Of Slavery

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Sponsored By: Landmark Public Affairs

Shortlist: 

  • Airbnb, Inc.: Airbnb Gets the Green Light in Japan
  • GSK Consumer Healthcare: Allied Against Dengue
  • SAP Asia: SAP-ASEAN Foundation Partnership

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Sponsored By: North Head

Shortlist: 

  • Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd: Changi Airport - Increasing Mind Share to Stay on Top
  • Edelman India: Bringing Focus on Uncorrected Refractive Error - for Essilor
  • GSK Consumer Healthcare: Allied Against Dengue
  • Singapore Business Federation: Position Paper for a Vibrant Singapore

THE GOLD STANDARD AWARDS FOR CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR
Sponsored By: PR Newswire

CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR: GREATER CHINA

Shortlist: 

  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • North Head
  • Weber Shandwick

CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR: INDIA AND SOUTH ASIA

Shortlist: 

  • Adfactors PR
  • Avian Media Pvt. Ltd.
  • Genesis Burson Marsteller

CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR: KOREA AND JAPAN

Shortlist: 

  • Edelman Japan
  • Synergy Hill+Knowlton Strategies Korea

CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR: THE MIDDLE EAST

Shortlist: 

  • APCO Worldwide
  • ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller
  • Fleishmanhillard

CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR: SOUTH EAST ASIA

Shortlist: 

  • Ketchum Singapore
  • The EON Group
  • The Hoffman Agency

SPECIALIST CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR

Shortlist: 

  • Honner Australia
  • North Head
  • PS Engage

NEW CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR

Shortlist: 

  • Echo Myanmar
  • Spurwing Communications

REGIONAL NETWORK OF THE YEAR

Shortlist:

  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia-Pacific
  • Newgate Communications
  • Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific

Media Contact:

Craig Hoy
Executive Director
PublicAffairsAsia 
Mobile: +66 8483 79403
craighoy@publicaffairsasia.com

Source: PublicAffairsAsia
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