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Nominations Open for The Yahoo! Internet for Good Gold Standard Award

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HONG KONG, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Nominations are now open for The Yahoo! Internet for Good Gold Standard Award, which recognises excellence in the use of the Internet in promoting charitable causes and community engagement.

Now in its second year, the award is conducted in partnership between Yahoo! and PublicAffairsAsia, the network for senior professionals involved in public affairs, corporate communications, policy-making and regulation.

Entries should be lodged by September 27 (or by October 5 subject to prior notification) and entry packs can be downloaded from http://www.publicaffairsasia.net/goldstandard/internetforgood.html

Last year the award was secured by Sonokids Australia which was honoured in recognition of the All Abilities ePlayground project which is directed at increasing internet access to young children with disabilities.

Among the other organisations shortlisted were OurSay.org, which seeks to use the power of social media to revitalise critical participation in Australian democracy. Also nominated were the People of Fukushima for their use of social media to extend access to the Fukushima conference.

The Yahoo! Gold Standard “Internet For Good” Award is open to community groups, employees, charities, consultancies, trade groups, embassies, government and non-government organizations as well as the general public who have illustrated excellence in the innovative use of the Internet for good causes. There is no entry fee to nominate your organisation in this category.

Commenting, Nick O’Donnell, Yahoo’s Regional Manager of Public Policy for Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted to once again support The Gold Standard Award. Our Yahoo! For Good initiative encourages all of our employees around the world to ‘Make Good a Daily Habit’. We are excited to see so many of this year’s entrants harnessing the power of the Internet to achieve this same goal.”

Mark O’Brien, PublicAffairsAsia’s Vice President, added:  “This exciting category demonstrates that the internet is more than just a business tool or a source of personal entertainment.  It can play a key role in advancing good causes and community engagement and we look forward again to receiving entries from across the Asia Pacific region.”

Over the past years, Yahoo! has embraced a number of social causes globally including Earth Day, Breast Cancer Day and World Aids Day. During the two weeks following Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan Yahoo! helped raise more than US$7 million through donate buttons placed across its network.

The Yahoo! Employee Foundation collects donations from employees (often matched by the company) and awards grants to causes championed by individual Yahoo! Employees. An average of US$2M per year has been donated to non-profit organizations over the past four years.

As a trusted Internet destination that attracts more than half a billion users across the world every month, Yahoo! believes that the Internet is more than just a medium that brings down communication barriers; it can also foster positive change.

The 2013 Gold Standard Awards will be judged by a panel of senior government affairs practitioners, corporate communications professionals, business leaders and government figures led by Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President of Government Affairs for HP.

Award Criteria:

This award is designed to recognise excellence in the use of the internet as an interactive engagement tool by the public, employees, community groups, charities or NGOs in promoting charitable, community or volunteer initiatives. It is open to the nomination of non-corporate bodies in Asia Pacific who can illustrate excellence in the innovative use of the internet for good causes. There is no entry fee for this category.

  • Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address planning, execution and outcomes [where appropriate] on an equal 33%, 33%, 33% basis.
  • Nominated programmes must have been launched, or have shown significant activity or progress, in the 18 month period prior to the opening of nominations.
  • Please note that supporting materials are NOT PERMITTED. Any reference to supporting evidence should be included as hyperlinks in the external links section of the entry form. Entrants can include photos or links to videos in the main body of the entry form.

About the PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards

The Gold Standard Awards are operated by PublicAffairsAsia magazine and network and are the industry-leading programme for corporate communications, public affairs and government relations professionals operating Asia Pacific. Founded in 2008, the awards have attracted over 600 entries from a wide range of corporations, NGOs, industry group, specialist consultancies and governmental agencies. For more visit www.publicaffairsasia.net/goldstandard

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! is focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.net) or the company’s blog (yahoo.tumblr.com).

Contact: For further information contact:
Mark O’Brien
+66-801-458697
email: markobrien@publicaffairsasia.com

Source: Public Affairs Asia Ltd

Written by asiafreshnews

August 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

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