Employee Relations - This category recognizes internal communications efforts and honors those organizations that are communicating CR commitments to employees and engaging them in helping to create positive change on important social and environmental issues.

Employee Volunteer Program - This category recognizes outstanding communications and volunteer efforts of a company to support a social or community cause.

Environmental Stewardship - This category recognizes a communications strategy with your organization’s environmental efforts as its focus. Along with your entry form, provide an explanation of your company’s environmental practices as well as a synopsis of the campaign or ongoing communications initiative.

Event: CSR/Green Focus - A live event that succeeds at both promoting a particular CSR/green campaign and enhancing the reputation of the sponsor organization. The event should be creative in its conception and execution, and should weave the particular cause into its structure.

Facebook Communications Campaign- the use of Facebook for a CSR initiative by either a PR firm on behalf of a client or clients or by an in-house organization's communications team; significant increase in "Likes" should be demonstrated, along with examples of useful comments and content that created engagement, should be included in the entry. 

Green PR Campaign - This category recognizes a communications strategy with your organization’s "Go Green" efforts as its focus. Along with your entry form, provide an explanation of your company’s green practices as well as a synopsis of the campaign or ongoing communications initiatives.

Hall of Fame - Enter your organization for its history of CSR communication success, which spans over a lifetime. 

Human Rights/Social Justice Communications - The winner in this category will have effectively communicated to its various stakeholders worldwide the social actions it has taken—whether proactively or reactively—to improve human rights and/or advance social justice in the geographic areas where it conducts business.

Media Relations - The winner in this category will have demonstrated outstanding media relations strategies resulting in positive coverage for a CSR program/campaign. Entrants must show measurable results from its media efforts and include samples of coverage that demonstrates consistent messaging and PR’s role in educating the media about the CSR program.

Nonprofit/Corporate Partnership - This category comprises corporations whose primary focus is forming/promoting/leveraging a partnership with a nonprofit, but which may also include promotion of your product and/or services and/or company and the advancement of your reputation as a corporate citizen.

Philanthropy Communications - Recognizing an organization with a successful charitable giving program(s) in which the communications of these efforts has improved the image and standing of the organization in the markets it serves. 

Pro Bono Campaign - Recognizing an organization with a successful charitable giving program(s) in which the CSR communications of these efforts has improved the image and standing of the organization in the markets it serves.

Product Design/Redesign - Entries in this category should focus on the PR efforts surrounding a new product design or redesign of an existing product or service, whether in the consumer or business-to-business arena.

Recycling Program - Entries in this category should focus on the PR efforts surrounding a recycling program.  The program can be new or an on-going recycling effort and can be in the consumer or business-to-business arena.

Social Good - An agency or corporation that has integrated into its overall business model the desire to improve the common welfare of people (for instance, environment, health and educational issues) beyond immediate stakeholders. Entrants should demonstrate how the organization’s internal and external corporate responsibility efforts are designed to positively affect the bottom line and the larger economic sphere.

Social Media Campaign - These are campaigns that connect people and allow them to be integrated into a product or company. Social media campaigns can include: Internet forums, message boards, weblogs, wikis, podcasts, pictures and video. Technologies such as blogs, picture-sharing, vlogs, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, group creation and voice over IP.

Twitter Communications - the use of Twitter for a CSR initiative by either a PR firm on behalf of a client or clients or by an in-house organization's communications team; significant increase in "Likes" should be demonstrated, along with examples of useful comments and content that created engagement, should be included in the entry. 

Stakeholder Engagement - The winner in this category will have demonstrated outstanding success in engaging its various stakeholders in the CSR program or campaign. The CSR program will have demonstrated that it heeded the needs of its stakeholders, be it employees, local citizens, investors, etc. 

Supplier/Vendor Partner of the Year - This award recognizes outstanding communications of a vendor offering CSR-related products and services.

Sustainability/CSR Report - This category recognizes outstanding CSR-and-sustainability reports for shareholders and other key constituents. (A synopsis is not needed for this category.)

Video Initiative - Creative use of video to advance a CSR/green campaign. Can be a stand-alone video campaign, or part of a larger effort, and should demonstrate high audience engagement. 

Volunteer Program - Either a new or ongoing volunteer program from an organization; entries should be clear in stated aim of program and in number of volunteers involved, as well as results of volunteer efforts.

Workplace Innovation - Recognizing a campaign or ongoing efforts within the organization which furthers achievement of the organization's CSR goals. 

People Category:

CSR Professional of the Year - Nominate the CSR leaders in your organization, whether they are in the PR or Marketing departments or in the C-Suite.

Agencies Categories:

CSR A-List - PR News introduces the CSR A-List and invites you to submit your PR firm for consideration on this esteemed list. To be considered for inclusion in the CSR Agency A-List, your firm must have a proven track record in developing and managing corporate responsibility programs and social good initiatives for clients. We are looking for PR firms that understand the importance of communicating corporate social responsibility to a client's various and varying stakeholders and have developed innovative and successful CSR communications initiatives.

PR News and a panel of judges will select up to 10 PR firms of all sizes for inclusion on this list. Please share with us your top client campaigns that have moved the needle in the CSR arena and tell us about why your PR firm scores a grade A in CSR communications

Corporations (Overall CSR Leaders) Categories:

Overall Leader in CSR Practices - Corporation with between 1, 000 and 10,000 employees

Overall Leader in CSR Practices - Corporation with between 10,000 and 25,000 employees

Overall Leader in CSR Practices - Corporation with less than 1,000

Overall Leader in CSR Practices - Corporation with more than 25,000 employees