About the Awards

About the Awards

The Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2018 is Most Prestigious Recognition Awards

The Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2018 is Most Prestigious Recognition Awards program for Corporate Social Responsibility registered with the IPO (Intellectual Property Rights Organization) and copyright protected. The program recognizes and honors companies for outstanding, innovative and world-class products, services, projects and programs implemented in the past or present. These projects should demonstrate the company’s leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating ethical values, compliance with legal requirements, and respect for individuals, communities and the environment in the way they do business.

About Categories

The Award categories for this year are:

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.


This is a special award for a new business model, technology or product that could enable a step change in how things are done within an industry or sector. It will be an exciting development, something that has not have been done before and demonstrate potential to drive significant change.

Supply Chain

This award is for initiatives that seek to embed a respect for human, economic and environmental rights across a business or product's supply chain.


Reducing carbon intensity is vital and this award is for corporate initiatives that take a holistic approach to measuring, managing and reducing scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.


In the long-term there is a clear link between and protecting biodiversity and business success. This award is for business initiatives that take the long view on ecosystem services.

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.

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.

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.

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 invests 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 Initiative on a Shoestring

The company that has successfully implemented a major project or program in areas such as: Energy Efficiency, Extended Product Responsibility, Green Product Design, Waste Reduction, Sustainable Business Practices and Water Conservation. The company that has integrated environmental performance into its sustainable development strategy and has delivered proven business benefits.


The company that has successfully implemented a community project that has resulted in poverty alienation, better education, business growth or community engagement. Does the company believe in creating educational opportunities for those who don’t have them or helping individuals to escape from poverty? How well does the company back up its beliefs and commitment to the community? How sustainable is the project or program?


This award will be given to the company that has implemented a project designed specifically toward large scale literacy and education improvements among children and adults with sustainable and long term benefits.


This award will be given to individuals or companies that have implemented programs committed to women’s empowerment and welfare with immediate or long term positive effects in terms of gender equality, economic improvements and cultural biases.


This category includes employee ownership plans. The company will have policies and programs in place that show the respect they have for their employees and how much they value them. How far has the company gone to take care of its employees? Dependence care, layoffs, health provisions and employee training are some of the areas that will be looked at. Privacy at work, improving quality of life at work, fostering lifelong learning and the implementation of employee ownership plans are also examples of good practice.


This award will be given to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of all aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility, including the environment, sustainability, community partnerships, education and poverty alienation to name but a few.


This award will be given to companies that have created products that have brought alive positive impact to societies while contributing positively to the organizer’s bottom line.

Companies can enter as many projects as they wish in one or more of these categories. The winning company, regardless of size, is simply one of which the opinion of the judges, best meets the criteria for each category.

Generating Entries

Companies from all over the region are encouraged to nominate themselves and enter their favourite projects or programs. There is no limit to the number of entries per company.

Regional and international organizations, including NGOs, advertising agencies, management consultants and suppliers of products and services are also invited to nominate companies in the Award categories for specific projects, programs and services that showcase their CSR commitment. Entire process is online and we don’t accept hard copies of the award entry / nomination.

Selection Process

There will be an in-depth search and selection process for the awards comprising the generation of entries, initial screening, and comments by advisors and final judging.

The Judging Panel

The judging panel is made up of internationally recognized and respected judges from a variety of industry sectors and disciplines. The panel has been carefully selected to ensure a fair and objective selection process. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate. They will be asked to step aside should this scenario arise.

Award Ceremony

The grand and prestigious award ceremony will be held at the concluding session of the summit. Hundreds of senior executives and professionals of corporate social responsibility from corporate sector, government, NGO’s and civil society from the region, and the media will be present.

Each category winner will receive:
  • An elegant trophy
  • A half page corporate profile write-up in a Special Edition of Ethical Business Up Dates e-Magazine, read by thousands of corporate professionals within the country and around the world
  • Two complimentary registrations in Annual CSR Summit 2016