How a Stevie® Awards Winner Is Reducing Environmental Pollution

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

PT. Unilever Indonesia Tbk in Jakarta, Indonesia, won a Gold Stevie® Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year (Asia, Australia & New Zealand) in the Company/Organization Awards categories of The 2013 International Business Awards.  Entries to the 2014 International Business Awards, the world’s premier business awards program, are now being accepted.  Get your entry kit here.

1404UnileverNewWe talked with Sinta Kaniawati, General Manager of the Unilever Indonesia Foundation, about its Stevie® Award-winning program.

“The trash generated by city dwellers is set to increase significantly in the next two decades, especially in fast-growing cities in developing countries like Indonesia.” Sinta explained. “Poor waste management makes residential neighborhoods in cities more prone to health, environmental, and social problems.”

Waste pollution in tropical regions can result in malaria, typhoid, and dysentery. A lack of recycling programs has resulted in the burning of plastic waste, which has contributed to 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a World Bank Report in 2012.

To tackle this problem, Unilever Foundation Indonesia developed its “Community Waste Bank Program” to empower communities to take action to reduce waste while receiving economic benefits.

We asked Sinta what winning a Gold Stevie® Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year had meant to the Foundation.

“Winning the Gold Stevie is an international recognition of what we are doing with our CSR program here in Indonesia, and it really does make a difference,” Sinta told us. “With its panel of reputable international judges, The International Business Awards provides recognition and confirmation that our program meets international standards—even though, at present, it is only implemented locally in Indonesia. We hope that, with the exposure our program has gained through the Stevie Awards, our Community Waste Bank program can also be replicated elsewhere.”

The Unilever Indonesia Foundation launched the first Community Waste Bank program in 2004 with just 20 Community Waste Banks in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city with a population of over 3 million.  By 2012, the program had grown to 499 banks, a 2000% increase in just 8 years. The program is now being carried out in the ten most populated cities in Indonesia, and reaches a combined population of more than 20 million people.

Helping Communities to Help Themselves

The Unilever Indonesia Foundation program assists communities in developing a system where they can collect inorganic waste and sell it based on its value. The money is saved at the Waste Bank and can be cashed over time. The system works like a regular bank, except that individuals deposit waste instead of money.

In 2012, 278 tons of waste was collected, generating 300 million Inodnesian Rupiah (approximately $26,000) of profits.  This was shared by more than 28,000 waste bank customers and directly impacted 140,000 beneficiaries. The profits have enabled low-income families to buy 3 kg of rice per month.

Areas with waste banks have reduced their waste by 80% and reported a considerable reduction in health problems.

The waste bank program aims to realize the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan target of “Reducing Environmental Impact” with the target of halving Indonesia’s waste by 2020.

In 2013, the Unilever Indonesia Foundation was on target to increase the number of waste banks to 700 while continuing to develop them into larger business units.  The Foundation’s unique approach has put the community at the center, while engaging governments, NGO partners, media, and its own corporate functions to support the program.

“Working with our NGO Partners, we trained the community to establish and manage the waste banks.” Sinta explained. “We support access to the market by establishing links with waste collectors as waste buyers. We also support the scaling-up of each waste bank to become larger business unit by approaching local banks to assist with soft loans for waste shredding machines.” Additionally, communities have been taught how to turn plastic waste into attractive recycled household items for sale; and organic waste is turned into compost.

In 2009, the Foundation’s Community Waste Bank program won the Stevie® Award for Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year for adding value to plastic waste. The program has influenced the Government of Indonesia to include waste banks in Indonesia’s “Adipura” Cities Performance Awards; and it was adopted as a Best Practice CSR Program in Waste Reduction by Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment in 2013.

Future Sustainability Programs

We asked Sinta where the Unilever Indonesia Foundation would be focusing its attention in 2014. “Over the coming year, the three main sustainability programs we will focus on are health, wellbeing, and nutrition; reducing environmental impact; and enhancing livelihood—especially for Indonesian smallholder farmers,” Sinta told us.

“Winning a Stevie Award has energized the whole team at Unilever Indonesia Foundation to keep doing what we are doing,” concluded Sinta.  “We look forward to creating more effective programs that will benefit the community throughout Indonesia.”

About Sinta Kaniawati

Sinta Kaniawati started her career in the corporate world in 1990 when she joined Unilever Indonesia as a management trainee. She built tremendous skills in market research, marketing for national and international brands, and customer development, and was assigned a senior position at Unilever Indonesia Foundation in 2007.  

Since 2009, Sinta has served as a Board Member of Indonesian Business Links and is a former executive team member of the Indonesian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. She was named Secretary General of the Indonesian Global Compact Network in 2010, and again in 2014; and she is a member of The International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Sinta Kaniawati was born in Bandung, Indonesia. She completed her degree at Bogor Agriculture Institute. Despite a busy professional career, Sinta has a wide range of interests.  She loves music and is active in a variety of social organizations such as Bina Antarbudaya (the Indonesian Foundation for Intercultural Learning), and Toastmasters International.  She is also an enthusiastic leadership and communications trainer. Sinta is a LEAD Indonesia Fellow (cohort 15) and has been a presenter at The Climate Reality Project.

She is married with a young son and daughter.

About Unilever Indonesia

PT. Unilever Indonesia Tbk is one of Indonesia’s leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies. Its portfolio of Home & Personal Care and Foods & Beverages products is distinguished by many of the world’s best known and most trusted brands, including Lifebuoy, Vaseline, Pepsodent, Lux, Pond’s, Sunlight, Rinso, Blue Band, Royco, Dove, Wall’s, Rexona, Clear, and others.

About Unilever Indonesia Foundation

Unilever Indonesia Foundation focuses on improving health, hygiene, and nutrition; reducing environmental impact; and improving livelihood through sustainable socio-economic programs with the community. The Foundation has been recognized nationally and internationally since 2007.  In addition to The International Business Awards, it has received an Energy Globe Award; the Indonesian MDG Award for Environment, Improving Maternal Health, Reducing Child Mortality, and Combating HIV/AIDS & Other Diseases; and the Indonesian CSR Award and AFCSR Award.

Topics: business awards, stevie awards, csr awards, IBAs, corporate social responsibility

Eleventh International Business Awards Issues Call for Entries

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

Stevie® Awards to Be Presented This Fall in Paris

The Stevie® Awards today issued the call for entries for The 11th Annual International Business Awards, the world’s premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 50 nations and territories each year.

Stevies 2014 LogoAll individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – may submit nominations to The International Business Awards.  The entry deadline is 14 May.  Late entries will be accepted through 11 June, and results will be announced in mid-August.  Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.  

Stevie Awards will be conferred at three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Several Grand Stevie Awards also will be conferred as best-of-competition prizes.  Stevie Award trophies, made by the company that makes the Oscar and other major international awards, are among the world’s most coveted prizes. Stevie Award winners will be selected by an international judging panel of more than 200 executives.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace.  Categories include:

Because 2014 Stevie Award winners will be celebrated on Friday, 10 October at the Westin Vendôme Hotel in Paris, France, all organizations in France may submit an unlimited number of entries to the IBAs this year without having to pay the entry fees.  French organizations should use the promotion code “Paris” where indicated in the online entry process.

The 10th Annual International Business Awards were presented in October 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  Top Stevie winners last year included Accenture (USA), Best Doctors, Inc. (USA), Burson-Marsteller (Australia and the UAE), Coca-Cola Turkey (Turkey), Finansbank A.S. (Turkey), Ignacio de las Cuevas S.A. (Spain), Jack Morton Worldwide (UK and the USA), KW Digital (Sweden), LLORENTE & CUENCA (Spain), Maras Group (Australia), Nu Skin Enterprises (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Reading Room (Singapore), RTR Rete Rinnovabile (Italy), and Weber Shandwick (Hong Kong and the UK). 2013 results are summarized here.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  A sixth program, the German Stevie Awards, will debut later this year.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards

Topics: customer service awards, hr awards, business awards, website awards, marketing awards, PR awards, stevie awards, management awards, IBAs

Stevie Awards Winner Creates Online Security for eShoppers

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Sat, Mar 22, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

Globe Telecom in Manila, the Philippines won a Gold Stevie® Award for New Product or Service Introduction of the Year in the marketing awards categories of The 2013 International Business Awards, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program. (Entries to The 2014 International Business Awards and the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are now being accepted.)

1403GlobeGCASH is a mobile money service of G-Xchange, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, one of the leading telecommunications companies in the Philippines. It allows subscribers to convert their money to GCASH (stored automatically in the subscriber’s “GCASH wallet”) and use this to purchase airtime load, send money, and pay their bills—all at the speed of a text message.

Operating as an innovative mobile money service in the Philippines, a traditional, third world nation, is very challenging. To illustrate, a good 80% of Filipinos transact in cash and only 20% actually venture into the convenience of credit and debit cards - for safety (less exposure to fraud), and because Filipinos shun the thought of being in debt.

We asked Paolo Baltao, president of G-Xchange, Inc., what he saw as the biggest challenges to online shopping in The Philippines in 2014.

“Only a small percentage of Filipinos own credit cards which can be used for online shopping,” said Baltao, “while those who do are hindered from shopping from foreign websites (i) because of the hassles and fees required when the package reaches Philippine grounds; and (ii) because not all foreign merchants ship internationally.”

Continued Baltao: “We developed GCASH American Express Virtual Pay to respond to the growing customer preference for online shopping and e-commerce, and to ensure that the product will guarantee security, convenience, and the promise of package delivery straight to the Philippine doorstep.”

Meeting the Challenge

“As GCASH goes deeper into the world of payments, it is constantly faced with the challenge of innovating to fit the consumer’s ever-changing lifestyle,” added Balata. “Winning the Stevie® Award in 2013 provided international recognition of GCASH as one of the world’s best when it comes to product and service innovation. It also strengthened the value proposition of GCASH as the leading mobile money service in the Philippines.”

“We are elated with the global recognition that winning the Stevie® Award has given the brand,” concluded Baltao. “Not only does it add value to our innovation: it also serves as an inspiration to continue to innovate.”

Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Baltao is exited by the prospect of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards. “Given the growing number of excellent businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, the Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said. “These Awards will provide an opportunity for more Asia-Pacific players to gain recognition for superb business practices and innovative services.”

Innovation and Security

GCASH American Express® (GCASH Amex) Virtual Pay gives subscribers a virtual account linked to their GCASH wallets. The first of its kind, GCASH Amex Virtual Pay introduces a secure way of shopping from sites that accept American Express as a mode of payment. All subscribers are automatically assigned an American Express card bin linked to the subscriber’s GCASH wallet, and a security code, which they can change anytime for security. As an additional account safety measure, an SMS is sent for every successful transaction made using the service. This way, subscribers are alerted when someone tries to use their accounts.

End-to-End Shopping Experience

Having assured Filipinos that the service is secure, G-Xchange proceeded with developing an end-to-end shopping experience tailored for the Philippine market. A partnership with a reliable freight forwarding company was formed: My Shopping Box (MSB) issued personalized U.S. addresses to all subscribers, enabling Filipinos to have foreign packages delivered straight to their doorsteps at affordable rates.

The Filipino proclivity towards U.S. goods had been dampened somewhat by the extra steps (and fees) they needed to take in order to receive their foreign purchases. Now, MSB settles local duties and delivers the packages that could otherwise only have been acquired by waiting for big brown boxes packed lovingly by any of the 9.5 million overseas Filipino workers—or by purchasing it locally for three times its value.

Outstanding Performance

To date, GCASH Amex Virtual Pay has performed outstandingly and achieved the following results in the first year of its launch:

-        Grew its subscriber base over 200 times in the span of 6 months from 895 subscribers in October 2012, to 195,560 subscribers in April 2013;

-        Enjoyed a 180% increase in the subscriber’s average daily transaction count;

-        100% positive feedback on social networking sites—a first-ever for Globe Telecom in 2012;

-        Second highest ROI contributor to total Globe Telecom’s publicity efforts in 2012.

While still conducting its operations in a conservative local environment, GCASH Amex Virtual Pay is slowly gaining a bigger reach over its market because of the relevance of the service in addressing local concerns. It is, after all, a service built for Filipinos, by Filipinos. Through this, Globe Telecom is able to bridge another gap and connect its subscribers not only to each other, but also to the rest of the world.

Future Innovation

Concludes Baltao: “Seeing the Philippines adapt more and more to technological advancements, especially in the mobile money industry inspires me to constantly offer newer product and service innovations that will all work towards creating a wonderful world for our consumers.

About Paolo Baltao

Paolo Baltao is the President of G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom. GXI pioneered a cardless and cashless mobile commerce service called GCASH. Launched in the Philippines in October 2004, GCASH has over 1 million subscribers today.

Before he became President, Paolo held several positions in GXI, including International Remittance & Banking Business Development Head, Financial and Government Services Segment Head, and OFW & Money Remittance Segment Head. He was responsible for the formulation of the product strategy, management of product portfolio, creation and implementation of business strategies, and acquisition of international and domestic partners.

Prior to working for GXI, Paolo had 13 years of experience in product management and business development in the pharmaceutical, banking and remittance, and telecommunications industries.

About Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom is a leading full service telecommunications company in the Philippines, serving the needs of consumers and businesses across an entire suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data connections, internet and managed services.  Its principals are Ayala Corporation and SingTel who are acknowledged industry leaders in the country and in the region. For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph.  Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/talk2Globe and Facebook: http://facebook.com/GlobePH.

Topics: marketing awards, International business awards, stevie awards, Online security, Paolo Baltao, IBAs, online shopping, GCASH, Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

New Video: How to Enter The International Business Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 05, 2014 @ 01:48 PM

We've just published a new video entitled" How to Enter The 2014 International Business Awards.  Watch it here.

IBA Video

The International Business Awards are the world's premier business awards program.  Now in their 11th year, the IBAs typically receive nominations from organizations in more than 50 nations and territories. 

All individuals and organizations worldwide -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to the IBAs, recognized as the world's top honors in business and the only completely international business awards competition.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Stevie® Award trophies will be conferred upon top-scoring nominations in each category, to be determined by the ratings of more than 200 professionals around the world, acting as judges..

The IBAs feature a wide range of categories to recognize achievement in every aspect of the workplace, including

See the full list of International Business Awards categories.

In slightly more than four minutes the new video illustrates

  • How to get the entry kit
  • How to review and select categories
  • How to prepare and submit entries through the IBA website

The early-bird entry deadline for The 2014 International Business Awards is April 16.  See the complete IBA calendar here.

Topics: business awards, website awards, marketing awards, International business awards, PR awards, stevie awards, new product awards, IBAs

2014 International Business Awards Now Accepting Entries

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

The 2014 (11th Annual) International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, is accepting entries.

Get your entry kit here.

Stevies 2014 LogoAll individuals and organizations worldwide -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to the IBAs, recognized as the world's top honors in business and the only completely international business awards competition.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Stevie® Award trophies will be conferred upon top-scoring nominations in each category, to be determined by the ratings of more than 200 professionals around the world, acting as judges..

The IBAs feature a wide range of categories to recognize achievement in every aspect of the workplace, including

See the full list of International Business Awards categories.

Nominations should cite achievements since 1 January 2013. There is no eligibility timeframe for app and web site entries - it does not matter when they were first published.

The early-bird entry deadline, with discounted entry fees, is 16 April. The entry deadline is 14 May, but late entries will be accepted through 11 June with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at www.stevieawards.com/iba.

Results will be announced on 13 August and 2014 honorees will be celebrated at the 11th annual awards banquet in October in Paris, France.  

Do not hesitate to contact us with your questions about how to participate in The 2014 International Business Awards.

Topics: business awards, website awards, marketing awards, International business awards, PR awards, stevie awards, new product awards, IBAs

Stevie Awards Sponsorship Opportunities for 2014 Are Published

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 03:07 PM
The Stevie Awards, the world's premier business awards programs, have just published a brochure about our 2014 sponsorship opportunities.

READ THE BROCHURE HERE

Sponsorship Prospectus 2014The brochure outlines the opportunities associated with our six awards programs in 2014, including two new programs - the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the forthcoming German Stevie Awards.

Among the benefits that are available through Stevie Awards sponsorships are:

• The ability to submit an unlimited number of entries to the sponsored program without having to pay entry fees. This benefit can be extended to sponsors’ clients as well

• The right to name and confer one or more honorary Stevie Awards upon your customers

• A full-page ad in the official program of the event

• Up to 100,000 banner ad impressions on the sponsored program’s web site and in the weekly Stevie Awards Update e-newsletter

• Tickets for the sponsored awards banquet

• At least 10 minutes of stage time to present awards at the sponsored event

• Logo identification in all photographs and video clips of the sponsored event

• Hospitality and display privileges, before, during, and/or after the sponsored event

• Editorial coverage, in the form of an interview or profile, in the Stevie Awards blog and e-newsletter

We welcome the opportunity to customize sponsorship benefits to suit your needs.  Contact Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher for details.

Topics: business awards, International business awards, American business awards, stevie awards, ABAs, IBAs, sponsorship, sponsors

Read the Gold Stevie Award-Winning Entries in the 2013 IBAs

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

We've published the Gold Stevie Award-winning entries in The 2013 (10th Annual) International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition.

READ THEM HERE

Rovio NominationNow you can read the full-text of the entries that nearly 300 judges around the world deemed to be the best in their categories.  They are a treasure trove of case studies about how organizations of all types around the world are innovating, growing, or operating at peak performance.  (If you plan to enter the IBAs in 2014 - entries open in late January, join the mailing list for the entry kit - they are great examples of entries that the judges scored highly.)

Here are some examples of the great stories of achievement you'll find among the 2013 IBA Gold Stevie Award winners:

What will you learn from reading Stevie Award winning entries?

1. You'll develop a sense of the types of entries that judges score highly

2. That Stevie Award-winning entries are compelling and well-written

3. That they aren't always about world-shaking or industry-changing innovations

4. If you win a Stevie Award you'll be in very prestigious company!

Join the mailing list now for The 2014 International Business Awards and you'll receive the entry kit by email as soon as it's issued in January.

Topics: hr awards, business awards, website awards, marketing awards, International business awards, stevie awards, new product awards, management awards, IBAs

Who's Coming to The International Business Awards on October 14?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

We're expecting more than 300 executives from organizations in more than 25 nations to attend The 10th Annual International Business Awards banquet at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain on October 14. Tickets are still available.

The IBAs are the world's premier business awards program, with categories to recognize the achievements of professionals in every facet of the workplace.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® Awards will be conferred.  The IBAs feature categories for management awards, marketing awards, overall business excellence, customer service awards, HR awards, IT awards, PR awards, app and website awards, new product awards, and more.

W Hotel BarcelonaOur guest room block at the W Hotel in Barcelona has sold out.  Any rooms still available at the W for the night of the 14th and adjacent nights will be at market rates.  There are plenty of other fine hotels in Barcelona within a short taxi ride of the W. Among them are the AC Hotel Barcelona Forum and the Hotel Arts Barcelona. See this article for a list of other hotels in the area.

Here's the list of organizations that have already booked their places for The 2013 International Business Awards:

Abu Dhabi Police GHQ Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Accenture Chicago IL USA
ADCO  Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
ADTRAN Inc. Huntsville AL USA
AECOM New York NY USA
Ajman Police GHQ Ajman United Arab Emirates
Akbank TAS Istanbul Turkey
ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Dubai United Arab Emirates
AstraZeneca Middle East & Africa
Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd (Astro) Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
AVL Emission Test Systems GmbH Neuss Germany
AYGAZ Istanbul Turkey
Bahrain National Gas Company Manama Bahrain
Bakkavor Group Ltd Spalding Lincolnshire United Kingdom
Best Doctors Inc. Boston MA
CallidusCloud Pleasanton CA USA
CEZ Bulgaria EAD Sofia
Cisco Systems Inc. San Jose CA U.S.A.
Coca-Cola HBC Croatia Zagreb Croatia
Codan Insurance Copenhagen Denmark
Creative Virtual Ltd London United Kingdom
Daimler AG Stuttgart Germany
DANI Communications Seoul South Korea
Dell Bratislava Slovakia
Diamantis Masoutis S.A. Thessaloniki Greece
ECIJA Abogados Madrid Spain
Everything Everywhere London United Kingdom
Firmex Toronto ON Canada
Forests to Protect Lives Tohoku Association Miyagi Japan
Freelancer.com Sydney Australia
Garden Centre Dhaka Bangladesh
GDC Technology Limited Hong Kong
GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Manila Philippines
GINGERS s.r.o. Bratislava Slovakia
GLOBAL EVENTS ID Corporation SL Madrid Spain
Global Leaders in Law Beaconsfield United Kingdom
Goyang City South Korea
GreenBulb PR Inc Metro Manila Philippines
GUBRETAS Istanbul Turkey
HANAROADCOM Seoul South Korea
Hanwoo Board Seoul South Korea
Heaven by Deborah Mitchell Shifnal Shropshire United Kingdom
Home Retail Group - Contact Centre (Model Office) Warfield United Kingdom
Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited
Hzo Inc. Draper UT USA
Implix sp. z o.o. Gdansk Poland
Inovex Inc. Oakville ON Canada
inspiria event service GmbH Salzburg Austria
International Armoring Corporation Centerville UT USA
Jeju Free International City Development Center Jeju City South Korea
Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Council Jeju City South Korea
KEPCO Nuclear Fuel Company Seoul South Korea
Koç Holding Istanbul Turkey
Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology Seoul South Korea
Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation Seoul South Korea
Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd Seoul South Korea
Korea Transportation Safety Authority Seoul South Korea
KOROAD Seoul South Korea
KW Digital Stockholm Sweden
LLORENTE & CUENCA Madrid Spain
Maras Group Adelaide Australia
Marketing Services Press Agency  Siegburg Germany
M-CAT Enterprises LLC Austin TX USA
McCain Foods London United Kingdom
Mediafon Vilnius Lithuania
Mercedes-Benz Istanbul Turkey
MetaMoJi Corporation Tokyo Japan
Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources of Singapore
Nu Skin Enterprises (China Hong Kong Taiwan)
Nunwood London United Kingdom
Ooredoo  Doha Qatar
OPET Istanbul Turkey
other London United Kingdom
OTTOGI Corporation Seoul South Korea
Partner of Promotion Sp. z o.o. Warsaw Poland
promio.net GmbH Bonn Germany
PT Adaro Energy Tbk Jakarta Indonesia
PT Bank Permata Tbk. Jakarta Indonesia
Quality Systems Inc. Irvine CA USA
Reading Room Singapore
REN Lisboa Portugal
Riverbed Technology Reston VA USA
RTR Rete Rinnovabile Rome Italy
Ryan LLC Dallas TX USA
Salalah Free Zone Company Dhofar Oman
SAS Paradise Rescued Cardan Bordeaux France
Seznam.cz Prague Czech Republic
Shell & Turcas Petrol A.S. Turkey
Siemens AG Healthcare Sector Erlangen Germany
Smart Cookie Guildford United Kingdom
SmartSite LLC La Plata USA
SNAS - DHL Express Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Strategic Public Relations Group Hong Kong
SUNGWOOADCOM Seoul South Korea
Telecom Development Company Afghanistan LTD [Roshan] Kabul Afghanistan
TELUS Burnaby BC Canada
TELUS Communications Edmonton AB Canada
The General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs Ras Al Khaimah United Arab Emirates
The Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency Seoul South Korea
The Korea Student Aid Foundation Seoul South Korea
Tmob Mobile Technology Istanbul Turkey
Torres y Carrera Consultores de Comunicación SL Madrid Spain
TRACCS Dubai United Arab Emirates
translate plus London England
TTNET Istanbul Turkey
Türk Ekonomi Bankasi AS Istanbul Turkey
Türkiye Is Bankasi A.S. Istanbul Turkey
Unilever Domestos Turkey
Uskudar Municipality Istanbul Turkey
Verne Global Falls Church VA USA
Virtusa Corporation Westborough MA USA
Weber Shandwick London United Kingdom
WebTalk and Live Warsaw Poland
Zyncro Tech Barcelona Spain

Join them in Barcelona on October 14 - reserve your tickets now!

Topics: hr awards, website awards, marketing awards, International business awards, PR awards, stevie awards, it awards, new product awards, IBAs

Stevie Awards Announce Winners of Best of the IBA Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Top Overall Winners in The 2013 International Business Awards to Receive Grand Stevie Awards in Barcelona on 14 October.

The Stevie® Awards have announced the winners of the Best of the IBA Awards in The 2013 (10th Annual) International Business Awards, the world’s premier business awards competition. This new addition to the IBAs' repertory of awards includes five best-of-competition prizes that are awarded to the organizations that submitted the best body of work to the competition, in their own name or in the names of one or more clients. 

Stevie AwardThe International Business Awards honor an all-inclusive spectrum of business people and organizations -- from non-profits, emerging start-ups, major public companies and government agencies, to corner-office executives, product developers, marketers and web development teams. This year’s IBAs received more than 3,300 entries from organizations in more than 50 nations and territories.

Nominees in The 2013 International Business Awards were not able to apply for the Best of the IBA Awards directly.  Winners were determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the IBAs, with a Gold Stevie Award win counting for 3 points, each Silver Stevie Award for 2 points, and each Bronze Stevie win counting for 1.5 points. This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in The International Business Awards were announced on August 14.

The winners of the Best of the IBA Awards will be presented with the new Grand Stevie Award trophy at The 10th Annual International Business Awards banquet at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain on October 14.  The winners are:

Organization of the Year: Accenture, Chicago, IL USA.  With 29.5 total points, Accenture is the most honored organization in the 2012 IBAs.

Public Relations Agency of the Year: Burson-Marsteller.  Burson-Marsteller offices around the world won a total of 26 points for nominations in their own name or in the names of their clients.

Marketing Agency of the Year: Plasenta Conversation Agency, Istanbul, TurkeyPlasenta earned 28.5 points, tops among all marketing services agencies in this year's IBAs.

Interactive Services Agency of the Year: Reading Room, Singapore.  With 17.5 points, Reading Room is the most honored of this year's field of interactive agency contestants.

Top 10: After the winners of the above prizes, the following individual entrants earned the most award points in the 2013 IBAs:

1. Quality Systems, Inc., Irvine, CA USA (24.5 points)
2. Jack Morton Worldwide, USA and United Kingdom (23)
3. LLORENTE & CUENCA, Madrid, Spain (21.5)
4. Maras Group, Adelaide, Australia (20)
5. Strategic Public Relations Group, Hong Kong (18.5)
6. MWW, East Rutherford, NJ USA (17.5)
7. Nu Skin Enterprises (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan) (17.5)
8. Finansbank A.S., Istanbul, Turkey (17)
9. Save Your Numbers, Barcelona, Spain (17)
10. CallidusCloud, Pleasanton, CA USA (16)

Best of the IBA winners will also be granted the exclusive right to use a unique Best of the 2013 IBAs logo.

More than 250 executives worldwide participated in the judging process to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

For a complete list of Stevie Award winners in The 2013 International Business Awards in all categories visit www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

About the Stevie® Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will open for entries next month.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards.   


Topics: business awards, International business awards, stevie awards, IBAs, Best of the IBAs, top 10 awards

103 Preliminary Judges for The International Business Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

As we get ready to wrap up the final round of judging for The 10th Annual International Business Awards tomorrow, we want to acknowledge the contribution of the 103 professionals worldwide who participated in the preliminary round of judging for the 2013 IBAs.

Stevies 2013 LogoThe International Business Awards are the world's top business accolades, recognizing achievement in every facet of the workplace.  The IBAs feature categories to recognize achievements in management, new product development, marketing, public relations, creative media such as websites and apps, customer service, human resources, and more.

The preliminary round of judging, conducted from early May through mid-July, determined the entries in this year's IBAs that were eligible to be considered in the final round of judging, which began on July 29 and concludes on August 7.

This year's Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners will be announced on August 14, and celebrated at a gala banquet on October 14 at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.  Learn more about the IBAs at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

We thank the following professionals around the world who participated in this year's preliminary judging.

Dr. Mamdooh Abdelmottle, Founding President, International Police Sciences Association, Sharjah Police, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Mohammad Al Dweiri, Training Specialist, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abdulla Al Neyadi, Research and Study Analysis, Al Ain Muncipality, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Abdulrahman Alblooshi, Strategic Planning & Performance Management, Al Ain City Municipality, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Mahmoud Alhayek, Quality Expert, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Juan Paolo Arao, HR Senior Supervisor, Bahrain National Gas Company, Bahrain
Kari Baker, Director, Account Management, Phizzle, San Francisco, CA, USA
Sriram Bakthisaran, CEO, Mercuri Media Limited, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Nagabhushan Balaji, Head Internal Control, Legal & Compliance, Dubai First, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
W. Nicole Barclay, Senior Copywriter & Fashion Editor, Fashion, Luxury, Identity., New York, NY, USA
Victoria Barnett, Senior Marketing Executive, Royal College of Nursing, London, United Kingdom
Donald Batting, Senior Creative Design Consultant, Ernst & Young Enterprise Support Services, New York, NY, USA
Israel Bonequi, Creative Director, Birds Nest Foundation, Montreal, Canada
Jane Bryant, Director, Spire Communications, Potomac Falls, VA, USA
Benito Castro, Co-organizer, Evento Blog España, Madrid, Spain
Venkata Rajesh Cheerla, Group Senior Manager - HR Strategy, Policies & Compliance, Etisalat Group, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dongyul Cho, Executive Director, Cheil Worldwide, Seoul, South Korea
Kate Darcy-Hohenthal, Founder, The Birthday Club, Manchester, CT, USA
Rachel Deutsch, Creative Director, The Design Channel, Chevy Chase, MD, USA
Danielle Di-Masi, Managing Director, The Interactions Lab, Coogee, Australia
Jon Dobinson, Executive Creative Director, Other Creative Limited, London, United Kingdom
Alexander Dourchev, CEO, All Channels Communication, Sofia, Bulgaria
Michal Dunin, Managing Director, WebTalk, Warsaw, Poland
Stacey Edmonds, Head of Films & Digital, Be Learning, Moore Park, Australia
Mahdi El Horchi, Consultant, Blue Ocean Consulting JLT, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Waleed Farag, Telecom Supervisor, Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Lauren Gertzman, Owner, Inside Minds, LLC, Washington, DC, USA
Laura Gosse, Founder, lrgworks, McLean, VA, USA
Dr. Adel Hamad, CEO, Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill Company (GARMCO), Manama, Bahrain
Robin Harris, Principal/Creative Director, Harris Design Inc., McLean, VA, USA
Deanna Hart, Operations Manager, IHG - InterContinental Hotels Group, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Jesse Hertstein, Senior CSR Specialist, Amway, Ada, MI, USA
Leo Indarwahono, Public Health & Educational Executive, Unilever Indonesia Tbk, Jakarta, Indonesia
Petr Jares, Sales Manager, Et netera a.s., Prague, Czech Republic
Monika Jaslowska, Senior Head of Brand Public Relations Department, Polpharma Biuro Handlowe Sp. z o. o., Warsaw, Poland
Beverly Jensen, President/CEO, WomensMedicineBowl.com, Grecia, Alejuela, Costa Rica
Jane Johnson, Director of Content Development, Pivot Communications, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Sinta Kaniawati, Director, Unilever Foundation, Unilever Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Hakan Karamanli, IT Manager, Garanti Teknoloji, Istanbul, Turkey
Joe Kay, Senior Business Transformation Consultant, London, United Kingdom
Faiz Kermani, PhD, Senior Communications Manager, SFL Regulatory Affairs & Scientific Communications Ltd., Basel, Switzerland
Norbert Kilen, Strategy Director, Think Kong, Warszawa, Poland
Ellen Kim, President & Creative Director, GRAPHEK, Great Falls, VA, USA
Andreea Leonte, PR Director, McCann PR, Bucharest, Romania
Chris Litherland, International Senior Director HR, Intermec, Düsseldorf, Germany
Tony Liu, Founder, Creative Chairman, aeiou, Shanghai, China
Petro Lymar, Regional Business Development, Yandex, Odessa, Ukraine
Anil Machado, Managing Director, T Nell, Sieradz, Poland
Graeme MacKenzie, Director of Industry Affairs, Adlens Ltd., Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr. Kanak Madrecha, Advisor-Corporate Excellence Division, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Connie Maina Nkatha, Corporate Communications, Kenya Wildlife Service, Nairobi, Kenya
Melek Manisali, Founder, M3 Public Relations, Istanbul, Turkey
Margaret Manning, CEO, Reading Room, London, United Kingdom
Maciej Maslak, Head of Strategy, WebTalk, Warsaw, Poland
Wessam Massoud, Programme Delivery Manager, Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Center (ADSIC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Chris McConnell, Senior Manager, Global Capability, Accenture, Chicago, IL, USA
Karen McFadzen, Vice President Technical Services, Cisco Systems, Chatswood, NSW, Australia
Colin McKillop, CEO, Butcher Enterprises, Windsor, ON, Canada
Jeremy McWilliams, Managing Director, Bang TV, London, United Kingdom
Ronald Meske, President, Training Systems Design, Camarillo, CA, USA
Eliza Misiecka, Founder and CEO, GENESIS PR Poland, Warsaw, Poland
Steve Morgan, Senior Web Designer, Foxtons, London, United Kingdom
Motomasa Murayama, Professor, Tokiwa University, Mito City, Japan
Ozgur Mutlu, Director of Financial and Administrative Affairs, Ankara Natmon AS, Ankara, Turkey
Tamara Nall, President & CEO, The Leading Niche, New York, NY, USA
Deane Nettles, Creative Director, Deane Nettles Associates, Baltimore, MD, USA
Angela Nielsen, President, One Lily Creative Agency, Barstow, CA, USA
Rajiv Noronha, AVP, Location HR Leader & Head of Org. Effectiveness (BPO), Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore, India
Gail Oring, Partner, GO! Creative, Kensington, MD, USA
Mark O'Toole, Managing Director, Public Relations & Content Marketing, H|B, Newton, MA, USA
Katarzyna Pawlikowska, Managing Partner, Garden of Words, Warsaw, Poland
Donald Pillai, International Marketing Executive, Bumbo (Pty) Ltd, Rosslyn, South Africa
Churchill Dass Prince, Founder & CEO, Sales Intellect Company, Chennai, India
Rosaline Raj, Principal, Creative Chaos Communications, Milpitas, CA, USA
V.S. Ramachandran, Senior Vice President, Emarat, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mohamed A. R. Rashed, Director of Human Resources, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain
Emma Real, Specialist, Corporate Communications, AECOM, Chicago, IL, USA
Dennis Reno, Vice President, Customer Experience, Oracle Global Customer Support, San Francisco, CA, USA
Linanne Sackett, Principal Investigator, Verizon Next Step Program, Albany, NY, USA
Sasan Saeidi, Managing Director, FP7, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hande Sarantopoulos, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Director, Kale Group, Istanbul, Turkey
Susan Savage, General Manager, MICROS Fidelio Australia, South Turramurra, NSW Australia
Lauren Selikoff, Managing Director, Selikoff+Company, Orange, NJ, USA
A.K.M. Sharma, Group General Manager, RITES LTD., Gurgaon, India
Peter Siggaard-Andersen, Owner, Siggaard-Consulting, Heiligenhaus, Germany
Manu Singh, Manager - Contact Center, Dubai First, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Pelle Sjöqvist, Creative Director, Dahlheim & Sjöqvist, Stockholm, Sweden
Brenda South, Executive Vice President, West Coast Technology Practice, Weber Shandwick, Seattle, WA, USA
Kiichiro Suda, CEO, TECNET Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Shoab Syed, Principal Consultant, Sovnex, Brampton, ON, Canada
Jacqueline Teo, General Manager, Programme Management Office, FOXTEL, Putney, Australia
Victoria Thorpe, Vice President, Client Services, Trapeze, Toronto, ON, Canada
Eugene Tiah, President, Phoenix Park Gas Processors, Trinidad and Tobago
Han Tjan, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Daimler AG, New York, NY, USA
Ryan Tweedie, Managing Partner, Sapien LLC, Morristown, NJ, USA
Vinny Verdi, Producer, CUNY-TV, New York, NY USA
Helmut von Fircks, CEO, F & H Public Relations GmbH, Munchen, Germany
Tzyy Wang, Marketing Director, MSL China, Beijing, China
Brian Ward, SVP Client Engagement, Stylesight, New York, NY, USA
Paddy Weerasekera, Head of Marketing, Corporate Communications and CSR, Expolanka Holdings PLC, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Carolyn White, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations, Graebel Companies, Inc., Aurora, CO, USA
Floor Wijburg, CEO, W & I Consultants, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Katarzyna Wilczewska, Public Affairs Manager, Kompania Piwowarska SA, Poznan, Poland
Debra Woodfork, Production and Design Manager, Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington, DC, USA
Nevine Younes, Art Director, Catalone Design Co., LLC, Bethesda, MD, USA
David Zapata, President, Zapwater Communications, Chicago, IL, USA
Rebecca Zhao, Director/Designer, www.zstudioca.com, GuangZhou City, China
Joseph Zitzelberger, Director of Manufacturing Development, Kenworth Truck Company, PACCAR Inc, Chillicothe, OH, USA

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