Thank you to everyone who entered the 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards!
See the full list of winners in this year's program here.
Look for the launch of the 2014 CSR Awards in September 2014.
You promote recycling, campaign for child safety, or get an enormous employee response for your charitable volunteer drive! We know how much you give back to your community. You deserve some recognition for your efforts.
Now’s your chance to prove to the world (and your executives) that nice guys can finish first!
PR Daily’s is very excited to launch the 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards!
Last year’s CSR Awards showcased some incredible initiatives and really sparked the interest of our readers. People have been asking for this year’s program, and we are proud to say it’s even better than before.
We revamped this year’s program to include twenty-two categories in which you can be recognized in the areas of “engagement and communications” to “social impact” to “business practices.” See the full list of categories below.
Be proud of the work that you do and let us share it with our readers!
Scroll down to find out more about this year’s program.
These awards are open to companies in the corporate, private, nonprofit and public sectors. Enter your work, the work of your team or submit entries on behalf of your client.
We want to see work from any industry, anywhere in the world. Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.
This year’s program is open to any CSR initiatives executed between January 1, 2012, and November 15, 2013. If you aren't sure your project qualifies, contact Tyler Landry. You can reach him at 312-960-4303 or
Early Bird Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013Last Chance Deadline:
Friday, November 22, 2013
The entry fee for this program is $249 per entry.
Entries submitted before November 1 will receive a $50 discount per entry.
A $100 late fee will be added to entries after November 22, 2013.
W-9 Form / Tax ID Number Request
Each category winner will receive:
- A featured write-up in a Special Edition of PR Daily, read by hundreds of thousands of communications professionals around the world
- An elegant trophy
- One complimentary registration to any Ragan event or conference in 2013 or 2014
The winner of the Grand Prize will also receive a one-year membership to Ragan Training--a premium online training library featuring hundreds of hours of the very best content from Ragan events. Find out more about the site here: http://ragantraining.com/.
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|Winners will be awarded in the following categories:
ENGAGEMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
- Media Relations / PR Campaign
We applauded you for your CSR efforts, but let's face it: it got a major boost from your publicity. Whether your spread awareness before, during, or after your initiative or event, we want to hear about your PR and Media Relations chops! How did your communication efforts make your project a success?
- Publication (Print or Electronic)
Do you publish materials that inform your employees, stakeholders, community, or broader public about a CSR initiative? Maybe it was part of a campaign or just part of your regular updates. What did you put together? Newsletter, magazine, bulletins, pamphlets, mailers, and information packets are welcome.
- Report (Annual or One-Time)
Reports are full of information, but that certainly doesn't mean they have to be boring. Share with us your annual report, white paper, or project summary that you used to educate your audience on your company's CSR efforts in a way that was creative, captivating and pleasurable to read.
- Social Media Campaign
Social media is an ideal means of connecting with a group of people, spreading news and information about, or organizing a CSR effort. Tell us how you leveraged the ease and popularity of social media for your CSR campaign or initiative.
- Stakeholder/Employee Engagement
There are a lot of people that put their time and energy into your company. Some of the most rewarding CSR campaigns are born out of working with and giving back to them. You engaged your stakeholders—be they employees, local citizens, or shareholders—in creative ways. Tell us about it.
- Cause Advocacy/Awareness Campaign
Sometimes, the public just doesn't have information about or knowledge of a particular issue or cause affecting your community (locally or globally). That's where your company came to the rescue. Tell us how you helped to spread the word for a worthy cause or raise awareness about an issue.
- Community Affairs
How did your efforts contribute to establishing your company as a true member of your local community, the nation, or worldwide? Describe your initiative and how your organization stepped up made a difference in your community where other intuitions may have failed.
- Corporate-Community Partnership
It's easy to get sponsors for a program or event and put a few logos on the t-shirt or banner. But that wasn't enough for you. You went beyond mere donations and formed a partnership that benefited both sides. Show us the fruit of your efforts.
- Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership
Hand-in-hand. Side-by-side. Step-by-step. A collaboration from the start. We want to hear how your partnership yielded big results.
- Crisis/Disaster Assistance
When disaster strikes, people must come together, show their support, and lend a much needed helping hand (or shoulder). In such times the true nature of companies and their employees can be seen. Tell us how your organization showed solidarity and helped out following a catastrophe.
- CSR Event
Did you hold a live event that was the aim of your company's CSR concept? Tell us all about the event that raked in publicity for your cause.
- Culture/Art/Music Program
Funding for the arts is often the first to get cut when finances get tight, though their role in enhancing community life is undeniable. Tell us about your CSR geared toward cultural programs and festivals, the arts, or music.
- Education/Scholarship Program
Does your company invest in its employees' continued education? Do you take part in a scholarship program that allows children to receive an education? Is there a local initiative to educate the public? Whatever your program is, we want to hear how you share knowledge with others.
- Fundraising/Philanthropic Initiative
Some causes and programs are already established with governance, and protocols, and a history for results. But they need financial backing to continue the work that they do. How has your company or organization assisted in the raising of funds or financial backing of a group or cause? Tell us how you helped to raise money for those in need?
- Public Health/Safety Initiative
Did your CSR include raising awareness for some health or safety aspect? Maybe it was a fitness or exercise campaign? Or maybe discouraging people from texting while driving? (We could all try harder at that.) Tell us your CSR effort that positively affected the public's health or safety.
- CSR Initiative on a Shoestring
Who ever said you needed a big budget to do the right thing? We’re leaving the definition of “shoestring” without a set limit, but we are certainly not looking for big budget efforts. We want to see what you accomplished on as little money as possible.
- Employee Health/Safety Program
Do you create incentives for your employees for making safe choices in the workplace? Start your own office contest of "The Biggest Loser"? Tell us about your internal campaign to improve the health and safety of your workforce.
- Employee Volunteer Program
Your employees spend 8+ hours a day with each other, so getting them to volunteer their time and energy can be tough. We want to hear about how you motivated your employees to give their time for others and the effect that their volunteering had.
- Green/Environmental Stewardship
From recycling programs to changes to process, or to smart decisions in packaging or printing, being aware of the effect we have on the environment is the first step toward reducing it. Tell us your great stories about how reclaimed or saved a part of the environment—and how you are now viewed as stewards of the earth.
- Pro Bono Campaign/Project
Sometimes your skills are just what someone needs. A pro bono project is an overlooked type of CSR that really deserves recognition. Did you take on a client in desperate need of your services without ever thinking of sending them a bill? Show us how you helped them.
- Sustainability Initiative
Sustainability is much more than being "green." It's a long-term, usually unseen commitment to make the environment better. How high have you set the bar in terms of environmental integrity? How has your corporate or organizational imagination made Mother Nature a happier, cleaner place?
- CSR Campaign of the Year
Think of this award as “all of the above," only better. Tell us why you stand out among winners. Big ideas, big results, big award.
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How to Enter
Prepare a thorough synopsis for the judges explaining the purpose and scope of your project. Don't forget to show examples of your work! We ask that the synopsis be about 1,000 words.
We strongly recommend that your synopsis include the following sub-headings (when applicable):
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
Entering only takes a few clicks using our easy, online awards portal.
- Click here.
- Choose your category.
- Complete the entry form.
- Attach your supporting materials.
- Click submit.
To preview the online entry form, click here.
The system will allow up to 5 MBs of files. If you have more documents or would like to share larger files, we recommend hosting them with the file uploading/transfer service of your choice (Dropbox, etc.). Share the link in the appropriate location on the entry form. Alternatively, you can email any document to Tyler Landry at email@example.com
Physical documents and digital files can also be mailed to:
316 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60601
If you are unable to enter using our online entry process or pay the entry fee with a credit card, you can submit your entry by mail and/or pay with a check or bank transfer.
When mailing supporting documents or payment, please complete and include an entry form. Download the entry form here.
If you have questions, contact the program manager, Tyler Landry. He can be reached at 312-960-4303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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May an organization or individual enter more than one category?
Do you accept entries from individuals and companies outside the United States?
Absolutely. Many of them have won! We just require that entries are submitted in English.
How do I increase my chances of winning an award?
Each entry will be given equal consideration by our judges, so make sure your synopsis is a thorough as possible. In your synopsis, be sure to include the results of your work.
Do you return entry materials?
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If you have any questions about program or issues submitting your entry please call Tyler Landry at 312-960-4303 or email him at email@example.com.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Staci Diamond at 312-960-4671 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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