About Business Excellence Awards

6th Annual 2021 Business Excellence Awards

About

Call for Entries! Business Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of employers, employees, and best business practices all over the world.

What are the Business Excellence Awards?

The coveted annual Business Excellence Awards is world’s premier awards program honoring best employers, employees, and HR achievements. The awards recognize the world’s best employers, employees and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products, services, trainings, and consultants who help to create and drive best places to work.

This annual awards program celebrates the individuals and teams who set industry benchmarks for excellence. 

All organizations private or public, corporations, nonprofits, associations, vendors and government organizations worldwide are eligible to enter.

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All entry submissions must be made online only. Supporting material is optional but recommended and can be submitted as website links or as attachments.

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Awards Timeline

There are 3 deadlines and the fees increase after each deadline. 

  • June 4, 2021 | Early bird entry deadline
  • July 16, 2021 | Regular entry deadline
  • August 13, 2021 | Late entry deadline
  • October 6, 2021 | Last chance deadline (revised date)
  • October 12, 2021 | Public announcement of 2021 winners (revised date)
 Early-bird entry deadlineRegular entry deadlineLate entry deadlineLate entry deadline
Original Fees Discounted by20%10%5%-
Fees for Categories Groups: I, and KFREEFREEFREEFREE
Fees for Categories Groups: C, and J$304$342$361$380
Fees for Categories Groups: A, B, D, E, F, G, and H$464$522$551$580

Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs

Are organizations/companies from any where in the world eligible to participate? 
Yes, companies from any where in the world can participate. Organizations/ companies do not need to have any office in San Francisco or USA to participate. 

Our company won in the past. Are we eligible to participate again this year? 
Yes, companies that won in the past are eligible to apply again this year. Most companies do participate again each year. 

Can we apply in the same category as previous year? 
Yes, applying in the same category is recommended. New entrants and a wider spectrum of judges determine the winners each year. So winners may be same or change in each category depending upon the scores. You may also submit nominations in more categories this time. 

Is there a fee to apply? Do all the categories have an entry fee? 
Your fees, sponsorships, and volunteering help fund the programs. This is a premier “Business Awards” program and involves specialized resources from all over the world. Most categories do have fees which increase with each deadline. There are some categories that have no fees. The earlier you submit your nominations, the more you can save on fees. 

Do we have to attend the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony to win? 
Attendance is not a must to win. Attendance is however highly recommended for the benefit of finalists who have worked particularly hard to gain recognition and the prestigious award that they will be honored with during the ceremony. At the awards ceremony our team of photo and video professionals will work with the attendees to create content that can be promoted for several months after this event. This content will be made available complimentary to all the attendees after the event.

Can we submit nominations and volunteer as a judge too? 
Yes. However as a judge you will not be able to score your own nominations. 

How can we order additional copies of trophies, medallions, and plaques?
Any number of additional custom engraved trophies, medallions, or plaques can be ordered online for current or any of the previous years in which your organization won.


Category Groups

A. Employer Excellence of the Year Awards Categories Group

Why enter? This section recognizes employers for how they keep their employees happy. 

Eligibility Period: For this category group the eligibility period is not there. That means if you have an older achievement which is still valid today and keeps your employees happy then it can be nominated. 

Winning Tip: A company-organization can be nominated for several achievements (past and new ones) that are currently still valid today. Examples of achievements include: Benefits, Career development & training, Corporate culture, Child care, Diversity, Flexible hours & Telecommuting, Gender equality, Growth opportunities, Low employee turnover, Management diversity, Mentoring program, New employee referral incentives, New responsibilities and opportunities, Open Communications between employees and management, Retirement and 401K contribution, and Volunteerism.

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

A001 Best Company Mission Statement
A002 Employer Excellence for Best in Industry Practice
A003 Employer Excellence for Career Growth, Development & Training
A004 Employer Excellence for Child Care and other Facilities
A005 Employer Excellence for Communication with Upper Management
A006 Employer Excellence for Corporate Culture
A007 Employer Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility Programs
A008 Employer Excellence for Creative People
A009 Employer Excellence for Diversity
A010 Employer Excellence for Employee Benefits and Perks
A011 Employer Excellence for Employee Involvement and Empowerment
A012 Employer Excellence for Employee Recognitions
A013 Employer Excellence for Equality (Age, Race Hiring & Promotion)
A014 Employer Excellence for Gender Equality
A015 Employer Excellence for Growth Opportunities
A016 Employer Excellence for Higher Education & Studies Opportunities
A017 Employer Excellence for Incentives and Perks
A018 Employer Excellence for Job Changes and Additional Role Opportunities
A019 Employer Excellence for Leadership Commitment
A020 Employer Excellence for Learning from Mentors
A021 Employer Excellence for Medical and Health Benefits
A022 Employer Excellence for Overall Benefits
A023 Employer Excellence for Relocation, Work Remotely and Work from Home Opportunities
A024 Employer Excellence for Retirement Benefits & 401K
A025 Employer Excellence for Social and Volunteering Opportunities
A026 Employer Excellence for Travel Benefits & Opportunities
A027 Employer Excellence for Work-Life Balance
A028 Employer Excellence for Unique Benefits
A029 Employer Excellence of the Year | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
A030 Employer Excellence of the Year | Aerospace & Defense
A031 Employer Excellence of the Year | Artificial Intelligence
A032 Employer Excellence of the Year | Automotive, Transportation, Storage, and Logistics
A033 Employer Excellence of the Year | Banking
A034 Employer Excellence of the Year | Business Products
A035 Employer Excellence of the Year | Business Services
A036 Employer Excellence of the Year | Chemicals
A037 Employer Excellence of the Year | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet
A038 Employer Excellence of the Year | Conglomerates
A039 Employer Excellence of the Year | Consulting
A040 Employer Excellence of the Year | Consumer Products – Durables
A041 Employer Excellence of the Year | Consumer Products – Non-Durables
A042 Employer Excellence of the Year | Consumer Services
A043 Employer Excellence of the Year | Diversified Services
A044 Employer Excellence of the Year | Education and Training
A045 Employer Excellence of the Year | Electronics
A046 Employer Excellence of the Year | Energy & Utilities
A047 Employer Excellence of the Year | Engineering and Technology
A048 Employer Excellence of the Year | Environmental Products and Services
A049 Employer Excellence of the Year | Export & Import
A050 Employer Excellence of the Year | Fashion, Beauty, Apparel & Accessories
A051 Employer Excellence of the Year | Financial
A052 Employer Excellence of the Year | Food & Beverage
A053 Employer Excellence of the Year | Healthcare Products & Services
A054 Employer Excellence of the Year | Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure
A055 Employer Excellence of the Year | Industrial Goods
A056 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Cloud/SaaS
A057 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Hardware
A058 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Hybrid
A059 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Services
A060 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Software
A061 Employer Excellence of the Year | Insurance
A062 Employer Excellence of the Year | Legal
A063 Employer Excellence of the Year | Manufacturing
A064 Employer Excellence of the Year | Media & Entertainment
A065 Employer Excellence of the Year | Metals, Mining, and Material
A066 Employer Excellence of the Year | Non-Profit or Government Organizations
A067 Employer Excellence of the Year | Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
A068 Employer Excellence of the Year | Real Estate and Construction
A069 Employer Excellence of the Year | Retail
A070 Employer Excellence of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS
A071 Employer Excellence of the Year | Security Hardware
A072 Employer Excellence of the Year | Security Services
A073 Employer Excellence of the Year | Security Software
A074 Employer Excellence of the Year | Telecommunications
A075 Employer Excellence of the Year | Wholesale & Distribution
A076 Employer Excellence of the Year | Others
A077 Employer Excellence of the Year | Africa
A078 Employer Excellence of the Year | Asia-Pacific
A079 Employer Excellence of the Year | Canada
A080 Employer Excellence of the Year | China
A081 Employer Excellence of the Year | Europe
A082 Employer Excellence of the Year | Germany
A083 Employer Excellence of the Year | India
A084 Employer Excellence of the Year | Latin America
A085 Employer Excellence of the Year | Middle-East
A086 Employer Excellence of the Year | USA

B. Diversity Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

B001 Advancing Diversity Within Community
B002 Advancing Global Diversity
B003 Corporate Diversity Achievement of the Year
B004 Diversity Hiring Team of the Year
B005 Diversity in Technology Companies
B006 Diversity Leadership of the Year
B007 Diversity of Perspectives
B008 Diversity Team of the Year
B009 Employee Diversity Achievement of the Year
B010 Management Diversity of the Year

C. Employer Individual Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

C001 CEO of the Year (People-Focused)
C002 Chief Happiness Officer of the Year
C003 Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year
C004 Chief Learning Officer of the Year
C005 Compliance & Safety Professional of the Year
C006 Employee Education Consultant of the Year
C007 Employee Relations Professional of the Year
C008 Executive Recruiter of the Year
C009 HR Consultant of the Year
C010 HR Entrepreneur of the Year
C011 Human Resources Executive of the Year
C012 Human Resources IT Professional of the Year
C013 Human Resources Professional of the Year
C014 Internal Communications Professional of the Year
C015 International Human Resources Professional of the Year
C016 Onboarding Professional of the Year
C017 Payroll-Benefits Professional of the Year
C018 Recruiting or Talent Acquisition Professional of the Year
C019 Technical Recruiting Professional of the Year
C020 Training & Development Professional of the Year

D. Employer Team Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

D001 Employee Benefits or Payroll Administration Team of the Year  
D002 Employee Experience and Culture Team of the Year  
D003 Employee Happiness & Engagement Team of the Year 
D004 Employee Performance Review Team of the Year  
D005 Employee Records Management Team of the Year
D006 Employee Relations Team of the Year  
D007 Employee Retention Team of the Year
D008 Globalization and Diverse Workforces Team of the Year  
D009 HR IT, Tools and Services Team of the Year
D010 Internal Employee Communications Team of the Year 
D011 Learning-Training Team of the Year  
D012 Onboarding Team of the Year 
D013 Recruiting or Talent Acquisition Team of the Year  
D014 Rewards and Recognitions Team of the Year
D015 Safety and Compliance Training Team of the Year
D016 Talent Management Team of the Year  
D017 Team of the Year – Others

E. Employer Achievement Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

E001 Achievement in Closing the Leadership Gap
E002 Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women
E003 Achievement in Equal Pay
E004 Achievement in Hiring Women
E005 Achievement in Mentorship and Sponsorship of Women
E006 Achievement in Promoting Work-Life Balance
E007 Achievement in Respectful Culture
E008 Achievement in Women Retention
E009 Achievement – Others

F. New Product, Service or Innovation Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Product-Service-Solution
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

F001 360 Degree Feedback Solution 
F002 Applicant Assessment or Tracking Solution 
F003 Attendance Tracking Solution 
F004 Benefits Management Solution 
F005 Compensation Management Solution 
F006 Course Authoring Solution 
F007 Employee Engagement Solution 
F008 Employee Health Benefits Solution
F009 Employee Recognition Solution 
F010 Employee Scheduling Solution 
F011 HR Reporting Solution 
F012 Human Capital Management Solution 
F013 Human Resource Information System 
F014 Human Resource Management System 
F015 Job Board Solution 
F016 Learning Management Solution 
F017 Onboarding Solution 
F018 Payroll Management Solution 
F019 Performance Appraisal Solution 
F020 Performance Management Solution
F021 Products, Services, and Solutions for Asia-Pacific
F022 Products, Services, and Solutions for Canada 
F023 Products, Services, and Solutions for EMEA 
F024 Products, Services, and Solutions for Latin-America 
F025 Products, Services, and Solutions for USA
F026 Self-Service HR Solution 
F027 Talent Management Solution 
F028 Time and Expense Solution 
F029 Workforce Management Solution

G. Solution and Training Program Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Product-Service-Solution
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

G001 Brand Training 
G002 Compliance Training 
G003 Consumer Education Training 
G004 CyberSecurity Training 
G005 Diversity or Sensitivity Training 
G006 Information Technology (IT) Training 
G007 Interpersonal Skills Training Leadership Training 
G008 Literacy Training Managerial Training 
G009 New Hire Training 
G010 Problem-Solving Training 
G011 Product & Service Training 
G012 Professional or Legal Training 
G013 Quality Training Safety Training 
G014 Sales Training  
G015 Systems Training Technical Training
G016 Training Program of the Year | Africa
G017 Training Program of the Year | Asia-Pacific
G018 Training Program of the Year | Canada
G019 Training Program of the Year | China
G020 Training Program of the Year | Europe
G021 Training Program of the Year | Germany
G022 Training Program of the Year | India
G023 Training Program of the Year | Latin America
G024 Training Program of the Year | Middle-East  
G025 Training Program of the Year | USA

H. Corporate Milestone Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Milestone (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

H001 Milestone of the Year | Anniversary
H002 Milestone of the Year | Customer Growth
H003 Milestone of the Year | Jobs Growth
H004 Milestone of the Year | Partners and Distribution Growth
H005 Milestone of the Year | Products and Services Growth
H006 Milestone of the Year | Profits Growth
H007 Milestone of the Year | Revenue per Employee Growth
H008 Milestone of the Year | Sales Revenue Growth

I. Best New Business (Founded between 2016 to 2021)

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category group:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as one most important achievement that is being nominated)
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only. 
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

Choose from these categories:

I-001 Startup of the Year | Artificial Intelligence
I-002 Startup of the Year | Business Products
I-003 Startup of the Year | Business Services
I-004 Startup of the Year | Consumer Products
I-005 Startup of the Year | Consumer Services
I-006 Startup of the Year | IT Cloud/SaaS 
I-007 Startup of the Year | IT Hardware 
I-008 Startup of the Year | IT Hybrid 
I-009 Startup of the Year | IT Services 
I-010 Startup of the Year | IT Software 
I-011 Startup of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS 
I-012 Startup of the Year | Security Hardware 
I-013 Startup of the Year | Security Hybrid 
I-014 Startup of the Year | Security Services 
I-015 Startup of the Year | Security Software 
I-016 Startup of the Year | Telecommunications  
I-017 Startup of the Year | Others

J. Outstanding Employee, Customer, or Contractor Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

I001 Outstanding Employee of the Year
I002 Outstanding Client-Customer of the Year
I003 Outstanding Contractor of the Year
I004 Outstanding Temporary Staff of the Year

K. COVID-19 Business Response Awards Categories Group (NO FEE)

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

In the current times how employers treat their employees will be remembered for years to come. How businesses respond will have a lasting impact on employee behavior including health, engagement, productivity and loyalty. Health and well-being, financial stability, and job security are top concerns for employees right now and employers can help address those fears in meaningful ways.

Individual and Group Nominations

J-001 Executive Hero of the Year | Effective Leadership During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of executives who have shown extraordinary leadership during COVID-19.

J-002 HR Team of the Year| Effective During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of human resources teams during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their organization’s employees working, paid, safe, and informed.

J-003 HR Professional of the Year| Effective During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of individual human resources professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their organization’s employees working, paid, safe, and informed.

Company-Organization Nominations

J-004 Employer of the Year | Stepping Up to Help Employees During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of employers during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their employees safe, healthy, paid, productive, and well informed and planning to transition to the new normal.

J-005 Company Response of the Year | Creative Ways Companies are Giving Back During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing their endeavorresilience and creativity to weather the economic drought and keeping their employees working, paid, and safe at all times. 

J-006 Company Rethinking of the Year | Creative Ways Companies are Rethinking Business Model During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing their resilience and creativity to weather the economic drought and how to best adapt to the post shelter-in-place “new normal”.

J-007 Company Innovation of the Year | Tackling COVID-19 with Innovative Ways
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are being innovative in tackling COVID-19.

J-008 Company Work-From-Home Implementation of the Year | Creative Ways Companies Are Implementing Work from Home Strategy During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing creative ways in implementing work from home strategy during COVID-19.

J-009 Company Business Reopening of the Year | Best Ways Companies Are reopening or reorganizing their business
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing creative ways in implementing work from home strategy during COVID-19.

J-010 Most Innovative Use of HR Technology During the Pandemic
This category will recognize innovative new uses of existing HR-related technology, programs, and media during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep employees productive, trained, informed, or safe.

J-011 Most Innovative Workplace Redesign of the Year
This category will recognize innovative redesigns of workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep employees, customers, and others safe and productive.


Choose categories within each of these groups

A1. Best New Business (Founded between 2018 to 2022)

Why enter? This section recognizes all types of startups or new (less than 5 years old)

Eligibility: Organizations and agencies.  

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as one most important achievement that is being nominated)
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”.
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only.
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

F-001 Startup of the Year | Artificial Intelligence
F-002 Startup of the Year | Business Products
F-003 Startup of the Year | Business Services
F-004 Startup of the Year | Consumer Products
F-005 Startup of the Year | Consumer Services
F-006 Startup of the Year | IT Cloud/SaaS
F-007 Startup of the Year | IT Hardware
F-008 Startup of the Year | IT Hybrid
F-009 Startup of the Year | IT Services
F-010 Startup of the Year | IT Software
F-011 Startup of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS
F-012 Startup of the Year | Security Hardware
F-013 Startup of the Year | Security Hybrid
F-014 Startup of the Year | Security Services
F-015 Startup of the Year | Security Software
F-016 Startup of the Year | Telecommunications
F-017 Startup of the Year | Others

B1. Brand Films and Short Videos Categories Group

Why enter? This section recognizes brand films and documentaries.

Eligibility: In-House or Agency.

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as one most important achievement that is being nominated)
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”.
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only.
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

D-001 Best Actor
D-002 Best Actress
D-003 Best Adapted Screenplay
D-004 Best Animated Feature Film
D-005 Best Animated Short Film
D-006 Best Animation
D-007 Best Cast
D-008 Best Cinematography
D-009 Best Comedy or Variety
D-010 Best Costume Design
D-011 Best Direction
D-012 Best Documentary Feature
D-013 Best Documentary Short Subject
D-014 Best Feature Length
D-015 Best Fiction or Documentary
D-016 Best Film Editing
D-017 Best in Automotive or Transportation
D-018 Best in B2B (Business-to-Business)
D-019 Best in Consumer Goods
D-020 Best in Corporate
D-021 Best in Crises and Issues
D-022 Best in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
D-023 Best in Emerging Technology
D-024 Best in Employee Engagement
D-025 Best in Entertainment
D-026 Best in Financial Services
D-027 Best in Healthcare
D-028 Best in Influencer
D-029 Best in Music & Audio
D-030 Best in Not-for-profit or Government
D-031 Best in Partnerships & Integration
D-032 Best in Purpose
D-033 Best in Sports
D-034 Best International Feature Film
D-035 Best Live Action Short Film
D-036 Best Makeup and Hairstyling
D-037 Best Original Song or Score
D-038 Best Original Screenplay
D-039 Best Production Design
D-040 Best Supporting Actor
D-041 Best Supporting Actress
D-042 Best Theme Song
D-043 Best Use of Budget (less than US$25,000)
D-044 Best Use of Budget (between US$25k and US$1 million)
D-045 Best Use of Budget (more than US$1 million)
D-046 Best Viral Brand Film or Video
D-047 Best Visual Effects

C1. Communications Excellence Awards Categories Group

Why enter? This section recognizes In-House or Agency achievements in Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, Design & Creativity, Direct Marketing, Internet and Digital, Marketing, Media Planning, Promotional activities, Public Relations, Social Media & Digital, and innovative implementations. 

Eligibility: In-House or Agency consisting of any of executives and professionals in Corporate Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media/Digital, and Investor Relations.

Winning Tips: Nominate each achievement as separate entry. If target market or clients were vertical markets, then nominate accordingly. 

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as one most important achievement that is being nominated)
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”.
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only.
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

C-001 Best Use of Advertising | Online
C-002 Best Use of Advertising | Print
C-003 Best Use of Advertising | Radio and Television
C-004 Best Use of Advertising | Social Media
C-005 Best Use of Advertising Catalogs
C-006 Best Use of Amazon
C-007 Best Use of Audience Engagement
C-008 Best Use of Billboards and Signage
C-009 Best Use of Blog Posts
C-010 Best Use of Budget (less than US$25,000)
C-011 Best Use of Budget (more than US$1 million)
C-012 Best Use of Collateral
C-013 Best Use of Consultant
C-014 Best Use of Content Marketing
C-015 Best Use of Copywriting
C-016 Best Use of Coupons
C-017 Best Use of Crowdsourcing
C-018 Best Use of Customer Service
C-019 Best Use of Demand Generation Program
C-020 Best Use of Direct Mail
C-021 Best Use of Direct Response
C-022 Best Use of Ebooks
C-023 Best Use of Events, Road-Shows, Expos, and Conferences
C-024 Best Use of Facebook
C-025 Best Use of Facebook Live
C-026 Best Use of Free Samples
C-027 Best Use of Giveaways
C-028 Best Use of Instagram
C-029 Best Use of Integrated Campaign
C-030 Best Use of LinkedIn
C-031 Best Use of Local To Global
C-032 Best Use of Media
C-033 Best Use of Newsletters
C-034 Best Use of Online
C-035 Best Use of Paid Social
C-036 Best Use of Pinterest
C-037 Best Use of Podcasts
C-038 Best Use of Press Release
C-039 Best Use of Print
C-040 Best Use of Public Speaking and Presenting
C-041 Best Use of Radio
C-042 Best Use of Research & Evaluation
C-043 Best Use of Sales Tool
C-044 Best Use of Seminars and Educational
C-045 Best Use of Small Idea Making Big Impact
C-046 Best Use of Snapchat
C-047 Best Use of Social Influencer
C-048 Best Use of Social Marketing
C-049 Best Use of Social Media (Long-term Strategy)
C-050 Best Use of Social Media (Short-term Strategy)
C-051 Best Use of Social Media For Business Consumers
C-052 Best Use of Social Media For Consumer
C-053 Best Use of Social Media For Entertainment
C-054 Best Use of Social Media For FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods)
C-055 Best Use of Social Media For Retail
C-056 Best Use of Social Media In A Crisis
C-057 Best Use of Technology
C-058 Best Use of Telemarketing
C-059 Best Use of Television and Cable-Satellite
C-060 Best Use of Tiktok
C-061 Best Use of Traditional Media
C-062 Best Use of Training or Coaching
C-063 Best Use of Tumblr
C-064 Best Use of twitter
C-065 Best Use of Videocasts
C-066 Best Use of Vimeo
C-067 Best Use of White Paper or Research Report
C-068 Best Use of YouTube
C-069 Best Use of YouTube Live

D1. Company Excellence Awards Categories Group

Why enter? This section recognizes organizations and agencies from all over the world.

Eligibility: In-House or Agency.

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as one most important milestone that is being nominated)
  • One Most Important Milestone (in 10 words or less)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”.
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only.
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

E-001 Excellence in Business Development and Growth Communication
E-002 Excellence in Change Communication
E-003 Excellence in Communication Process
E-004 Excellence in Community Giving Communication
E-005 Excellence in Corporate Event Communication
E-006 Excellence in Crisis Communication
E-007 Excellence in Customer Communication
E-008 Excellence in Customer Service & Support Communication
E-009 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusivity Communication
E-010 Excellence in Employee Communication
E-011 Excellence in Events, Expo, Conference Communication
E-012 Excellence in Executive Communication
E-013 Excellence in External Communication
E-014 Excellence in Human Resources & Recruitment Communication
E-015 Excellence in Incentive Communication
E-016 Excellence in Internal Communication
E-017 Excellence in International Expansion Communication
E-018 Excellence in Investor Relations Communication
E-019 Excellence in Jobs Growth Communication
E-020 Excellence in Marketing Communication
E-021 Excellence in Media and Press Communication
E-022 Excellence in Motivation and Team Building Communication
E-023 Excellence in New Product and Service Communication
E-024 Excellence in Operations Communication
E-025 Excellence in Organization Improvements Communication
E-026 Excellence in Partners and Distribution Growth Communication
E-027 Excellence in Product and Service Innovation Communication
E-028 Excellence in Profits Growth Communication
E-029 Excellence in Remote Communication
E-030 Excellence in Reputation Management Communication
E-031 Excellence in Sales Communication
E-032 Excellence in Sales Revenue Growth Communication
E-033 Excellence in Science or Technology Communication
E-034 Excellence in Social Media Communication
E-035 Excellence in Training Communication
E-036 Excellence in Communication (All Others)

E1. Department and Team Categories Group

Why enter? This section recognizes In-House or Agency teams in Corporate Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, and similar job roles.

Eligibility: In-House or Agency teams.

Winning Tips: Nominate teams locally and from other regions and countries where you have offices. 

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as one most important achievement that is being nominated)
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”.
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only.
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

B-001 Team of the Year | Agency
B-002 Team of the Year | In-House
B-003 Team Leadership of the Year
B-004 Team of the Year | Diversity in Leadership
B-005 Team of the Year | Women Leadership
B-006 Team of the Year | Achievement in External Communications
B-007 Team of the Year | Achievement in Internal Communications
B-008 Team of the Year | Achievement in Media Relations
B-009 Team of the Year | Achievement in Online Communications
B-010 Team of the Year | Achievement in PR & Events
B-011 Team of the Year | Achievement at City Level
B-012 Team of the Year | Achievement at Country Level
B-013 Team of the Year | Achievement Globally
B-014 Team of the Year | Achievement in Asia-Pacific
B-015 Team of the Year | Achievement in EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa)
B-016 Team of the Year | Achievement in Latin America (Mexico, the Caribbean & Central and South America)
B-017 Team of the Year | Achievement in North America (USA and Canada)
B-018 Team of the Year | Achievement – Others

F1. Executive and Professional Categories Group

Why enter? This section recognizes In-House or Agency executives and professionals in Corporate Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, and similar job roles.

Eligibility: In-House or Agency executives and professionals.

Winning Tips: Nominate executives and professionals locally and from other regions and countries where you have offices. 

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as one most important achievement that is being nominated)
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”.
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only.
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

Individuals in Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations can apply:

A-001 Champion of the Year
A-002 Communicator of the Year
A-003 Creative Person of the Year
A-004 Influencer of the Year
A-005 Market Maker of the Year
A-006 Mentor of the Year
A-007 Metrics Driven Person of the Year
A-008 Result-Oriented of the Year
A-009 Team Builder of the Year
A-010 Transformation Leader of the Year
A-011 Visionary of the Year
A-012 Wise Arbiter of the Year

Individuals in Communications can apply:

A-013 Communications Leadership of the Year
A-014 Communications Executive of the Year
A-015 Communications Director of the Year
A-016 Communications Manager of the Year
A-017 Communications Individual Contributor of the Year
A-018 Communications Rising Star of the Year
A-019 Communications Assistant of the Year
A-020 Communications Woman of the Year
A-021 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in External Communications
A-022 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in Internal Communications
A-023 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in Media Relations
A-024 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in Online Communications
A-025 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in PR & Events
A-026 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement at City Level
A-027 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement at Country Level
A-028 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement Globally
A-029 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in Asia-Pacific
A-030 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa)
A-031 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in Latin America (Mexico, the Caribbean & Central and South America)
A-032 Communications Individual of the Year | Achievement in North America (USA and Canada)
A-033 Communications Individual of the Year | Others

Individuals in Marketing can apply:

A-034 Marketing Leadership of the Year
A-035 Marketing Executive of the Year
A-036 Marketing Director of the Year
A-037 Marketing Manager of the Year
A-038 Marketing Individual Contributor of the Year
A-039 Marketing Rising Star of the Year
A-040 Marketing Assistant of the Year
A-041 Marketing Woman of the Year
A-042 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in External Marketing
A-043 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in Internal Marketing
A-044 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in Media Relations
A-045 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in Online Marketing
A-046 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in PR & Events
A-047 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement at City Level
A-048 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement at Country Level
A-049 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement Globally
A-050 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in Asia-Pacific
A-051 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa)
A-052 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in Latin America (Mexico, the Caribbean & Central and South America)
A-053 Marketing Individual of the Year | Achievement in North America (USA and Canada)
A-054 Marketing Individual of the Year | Others

Individuals in Public Relations can apply:

A-055 Public Relations Leadership of the Year
A-056 Public Relations Executive of the Year
A-057 Public Relations Director of the Year
A-058 Public Relations Manager of the Year
A-059 Public Relations Individual Contributor of the Year
A-060 Public Relations Rising Star of the Year
A-061 Public Relations Assistant of the Year
A-062 Public Relations Woman of the Year
A-063 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in External Public Relations
A-064 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in Internal Public Relations
A-065 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in Media Relations
A-066 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in Online Public Relations
A-067 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in Events
A-068 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement at City Level
A-069 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in Country Level
A-070 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement Globally
A-071 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in Asia-Pacific
A-072 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa)
A-073 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in Latin America (Mexico, the Caribbean & Central and South America)
A-074 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Achievement in North America (USA and Canada)
A-075 Public Relations Individual of the Year | Others

G1. New Product, Service, Upgrade, and Innovation Awards Categories Group

Why enter? This section recognizes new products and services.

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as Product/Service/Solution that is being nominated)
  • Product/Service/Solution
  • Version # (optional)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”.
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only.
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

G-001 Advertising Management and Solution
G-002 Aggregation Solution
G-003 Application Programming Interface (API) Management
G-004 Artificial Intelligence
G-005 Automation
G-006 Big Data
G-007 Blockchain Solution
G-008 Blogging Solution
G-009 Business Information and Intelligence Solution
G-010 Business Products
G-011 Business Services
G-012 Business Technology (All)
G-013 Civic Technology
G-014 Cloud Application and Service
G-015 Cloud Data Services
G-016 Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solution
G-017 Cloud Infrastructure
G-018 Cloud Security
G-019 Cloud Storage & Backup Solution
G-020 Collaboration and Social Networking Solution
G-021 Communication Solution
G-022 Communities Solution
G-023 Consumer Products
G-024 Consumer Services
G-025 Content Management Solution
G-026 Corporate Learning and Workforce Development Solution
G-027 Crowdsourcing Solution
G-028 Cyber Security Hardware
G-029 Cyber Security Services
G-030 Cyber Security Software
G-031 Data Visualization Technology
G-032 DevOps Solution
G-033 Digital Media
G-034 Digital Process Automation Solution
G-035 eCommerce
G-036 eDiscovery
G-037 Email and Newsletter Solution
G-038 Endpoint Security Management
G-039 Event Management Solution
G-040 Financial Management Solution
G-041 Governance, Risk & Compliance Solution
G-042 Healthcare Technology Solution
G-043 Human Capital Management Solution
G-044 Identity & Access Security Solution
G-045 Information Technology Hardware
G-046 Information Technology Services
G-047 Information Technology Software
G-048 Insurance Solution
G-049 International Data Protection Solution
G-050 Investor Relations Solution
G-051 IoT (Internet of Things)
G-052 IT Service Management Solution
G-053 Legal Document & Technology Solutions
G-054 Manufacturing Solution
G-055 Marketing Solution
G-056 Media Management
G-057 Mobile Platform as a Service (mPaaS)
G-058 Network Security Solution
G-059 Payments Solution
G-060 Platform as a Service
G-061 Private Social Networking
G-062 Project Management Solution
G-063 Publishing and Subscription Solution
G-064 Real Estate and Construction Management Solution
G-065 Relationship Management Solution
G-066 SaaS
G-067 Sales Intelligence Solution
G-068 Search Engine Optimization & Marketing
G-069 Semantic Technology Solutions
G-070 Service Using Aggregated Content
G-071 Social Media Management Solution
G-072 Software Defined Infrastructure
G-073 Software Development Solution
G-074 Supply Chain Management Solution
G-075 Vendor Management Solutions
G-076 Video Platform
G-077 Web Development
G-078 All Other Products

G2. Cool Products and Services of the Year Awards Categories Group

H1. COVID-19 Business Response Awards Categories Group (NO FEE)

Why enter? This section recognizes the contributions of individuals, teams & groups, and organizations that have worked hard and continue to show their resilience and creativity to weather the economic impact over the past few months and keeping us safe, healthy, and informed at all times. 

Eligibility: In-House or Agency consisting of any of executives and professionals in Corporate Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media/Digital, and Investor Relations.

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

Individual and Group Nominations

H-001 Executive Hero of the Year | Effective Leadership During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of executives who have shown extraordinary leadership during COVID-19.

H-002 Individual Hero of the Year | Helping Others During COVID-19  
This category will accept nominations of professionals and employees at all job levels who have shown extraordinary initiatives in helping others during COVID-19.

H–003 Consumer Service Hero of the Year
This category will accept nominations of those involved with any type of consumer service such as delivery, retail, food service and all other consumer services for extraordinary initiatives in 2020.

H–004 Education Hero of the Year
This category will accept nominations of essential worker professionals and employees at all job levels who have shown extraordinary initiatives during COVID-19

H–005 Essential Worker Hero of the Year
This category will accept nominations of teachers, educational staff at all job levels, school administrators, school librarians, and all other workers in education who have shown extraordinary initiatives to keep students and staff safe, well informed, and educated during the pandemic.

H–006 Health Care and Medical Hero of the Year 
This category will accept nominations of doctors, nurses, emergency medical responders, researchers, scientists, and other health care and medical personnel who have shown extraordinary initiatives in 2020 to aid the infected and save lives.

H–007 Government Hero of the Year
This category will accept nominations of government employees and elected officials at all job levels who have shown extraordinary initiatives in 2020 to keep us safe and well informed.

H–008 Media Hero of the Year
This category will accept nominations of reporters, editors, on-air personalities, and other media figures who have shown extraordinary initiatives in 2020 to keep us safe and well informed.

H–009 Public Service Hero of the Year
This will category will accept nominations of police officers, firemen, park rangers, and all other public services and utility workers who have shown extraordinary initiatives in 2020 to keep us safe and well informed.

H–010 Team of the Year | During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of teams, groups, or departments who have shown extraordinary initiatives in 2020 for their heroic work and helping others adapt to the new normal.

Company-Organization Nominations

H–011 Company Response of the Year | Creative Ways Companies are Giving Back During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing their resilience and creativity to weather the economic drought and keeping their employees working, paid, and safe at all times.

H–012 Company Rethinking of the Year | Creative Ways Companies are Rethinking Business Model During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing their resilience and creativity to weather the economic drought and how to best adapt to the post shelter-in-place “new normal”.

H–013 Company Innovation of the Year | Tackling COVID-19 with Innovative Ways
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are being innovative in tackling COVID-19.

H–014 Company Work-From-Home Implementation of the Year | Creative Ways Companies Are Implementing Work from Home Strategy During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing creative ways in implementing work from home strategy during COVID-19.

H–015 Best Government Response | Helping People & Businesses During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of government offices and agencies that are helping people & businesses during COVID-19.

H–016 Best Non-Profit Response | Helping Local Communities and the World During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of non-profits and organizations that are showing helping others during COVID-19.

Marketing and Public Relations Nominations

H–017 Best Use of Social Media | COVID-19-related Information
This category will accept nominations of social media communications and activities to inform and involve the public from staying safe to getting the best possible help.

H–018 Communications or PR Campaign of the Year | COVID-19-related Information
This category will accept nominations of Corporate, Communications, or PR campaigns or programs to inform and involve the public from staying safe to getting the best possible help.

H–019 Heightening Awareness and Publicity Campaign of the Year | COVID-19-related Information
This category will accept nominations of marketing campaign (using paid media) to inform and involve the public from staying safe to getting the best possible help.

H–020 Marketing Campaign of the Year | COVID-19-related Information
This category will accept nominations of marketing campaign (using paid media) to inform and involve the public from staying safe to getting the best possible help.

Products and Services Nominations

H-021 Best Health Care and Medical Innovation
This category will accept nominations of health care and medical innovations developed since the beginning of 2020 to combat and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

H–022 Best Product | To Combat and Reduce the Impact of COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of products to combat and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus. These could be existing products that have become more important now or new products and upgrades introduced recently.

H–023 Best Service| To Combat and Reduce the Impact of COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of services to combat and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus. These could be existing services that have become more important now or new services introduced recently.

H–024 Best Technology| To Combat and Reduce the Impact of COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of technology to combat and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus. These could be existing services that have become more important now or new services introduced recently.

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