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It is imperative that organizations foster a work environment that is welcoming for everyone, where all employees’ voices and ideas are heard and diverse backgrounds are celebrated and embraced.
In addition to cultivating an open and accepting workplace environment, organizations’ corporate social responsibility and environmental social and governance efforts must also champion causes and organizations that positively impact our physical environment.
Ragan’s CSR & Diversity Awards will honor the organizations, people and teams whose CSR, ESG or DE&I efforts have played an important role in making the world safer, healthier, more equitable and sustainable.
The program recognizes corporate social responsibility, environmental, social and governance, and diversity, equity and inclusion work that is positively impacting their communities, whether internally, locally or globally. Ragan’s CSR & Diversity Awards features categories that showcase CSR, DE&I and ESG campaigns, initiatives and programs.
Ragan will recognize all finalists—and announce category winners—at a special live event in July at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. To see what winning work looks like, check out last year’s winners.
Show us how CSR, ESG & DE&I are woven into the fabric of your mission and values. Enter Ragan’s CSR & Diversity Awards by February 17, 2023 to earn recognition for the important work you, your team and your organization are doing!
Employee Volunteer/Community Relations Program
ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
CSR or ESG Event (Virtual or In Person)
Employee Engagement Campaign
Media Relations Campaign
Public Affairs/Issues Management Campaign
Report (CSR, DEI and/or ESG - Print or Digital)
Social Media Campaign
Trust & Transparency in Communications
Cause Advocacy Campaign
Corporate-Community or Nonprofit Partnership
Disaster Prevention or Pandemic Relief
Education or Scholarship Program
Fundraising and Philanthropic Initiative
Global CSR Initiative
Global ESG Initiative
Public Health or Safety Initiative
Cultural Celebration or Event
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment
Event (Virtual or Live)
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
Employee Pulse Surveys
Executive Thought Leadership Initiatives
Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment
Inclusive Language Initiative
Newsletter (Print or Digital)
Social Justice Campaign
Social Media Initiatives
PEOPLE AND TEAMS
Executive of the Year
Professional of the Year
HOW TO ENTER
On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your entry. The synopsis should be 350 to 900 words and include the following sub-headings (when applicable):
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
Be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the category descriptions, as the judges will look for those elements when they select the winners.
You will be able to upload additional documents, links, videos and URLs to your submission. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.
These awards are open to organizations and professionals in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Vendors may also submit their work or their client’s work. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your clients.
Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.
Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-960-4407.
This year’s program is open to any work executed between Feb. 1, 2022, and Feb. 17, 2023, inclusive.
The fee for this program is $475 per entry.
A late fee of $250 per entry will be added to all entries received after 11:59 p.m. Central time, Feb. 17, 2023.
Do you have a campaign, project or team you'd like to enter into multiple categories? Pay the original entry fee, and then only $250 for each additional category!
All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you apply?Our CSR & Diversity Awards program helps you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization or clients. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity for your brand across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about your campaign and a trophy.
Who can enter?Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. The program is open to in-house, agency, independent communication practitioners and vendors in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
What does it take to be a winner?We look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or results that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same campaign to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning. You'll also save on multiple submissions of the same campaign or project.
Why are some deadlines extended?We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?Ragan will recognize all finalists—and announce category winners—at a special live event in July in Chicago.
If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email email@example.com.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.