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ASPC Announces 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Communications Awards Competition

PITTSBURGH, October 3, 2016 -- The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced the launch of a new program to recognize outstanding achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) communications. The call for entries 2016 ASPC Corporate Social Responsibility Communications Awards competition and the entry form are available on the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 18, and entries received by Friday, October 28, receive an automatic $50 early bird discount off the base entry fee.

More than a decade ago, investors, customers, business partners, community leaders and environmental activists began calling on companies to document in transparent and verifiable ways their commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports, web sites and social media campaigns address these concerns and go far beyond traditional financial reporting to tell a story about not just what a company does, but how it benefits the communities it serves and the wider world.

"The 2016 ASPC Corporate Social Responsibility Communications Awards bring to bear the same practices and standards that have governed the ASPC's other successful recognition programs – the ASPC Annual Report Awards and the ASPC Masters Communication Awards – for nearly 20 years in order to honor those organizations whose CSR reports, web sites and social media campaigns most effectively tell these stories," said ASPC President Erin Reilly. "Focused on the achievements of the professional communicators who plan and execute these communications, our competition does not aim to judge the merits of an organization's CSR program, but rather the quality of their CSR communications based on individual circumstances and the final product relative to current best practices in CSR reporting."

The competition aims to recognize outstanding achievement in CSR annual report production, web site development and social media, while recognizing the evolving nature of CSR reporting. Company size, experience with CSR reporting, strategic goals and resources will all be taken into account as entries are judged on relevant aspects of transparency, verifiability and materiality.

In addition to the competition's best-of-category awards, the ASPC awards committee also may bestow the ASPC Better Future Award for Excellence or a certificate of honorable mention upon other exceptional entries.

Additionally, the ASPC is offering a written critique of submitted CSR entries. Critiques examine each entry by the contest categories and provide comparative analysis against current trends and best practices. The ASPC is offering this service at a rate of $950. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way affects competition judging. To ensure the timely return of critiques, only the first 50 requests for written critiques will be accepted. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way affects competition judging.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through two annual awards programs, the ASPC Masters Communication Awards and the ASPC Annual Report Awards competitions. New for 2016, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch two new programs: the ASPC Corporate and Social Responsibility Communications Awards and the ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report Awards in recognition of the roles these reports now play in professional communicators' efforts to tell the most important stories of the organizations they represent. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com.



ASPC Extends 2016 Annual Report Awards Competition Deadline to September 16

PITTSBURGH, August 22, 2016—At the request of the community that we aim to serve – particularly those professional communicators whose organizations operate on a July-June fiscal calendar and publish their annual reports in August and September – The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced that it is extending the deadline for entries for the 2016 ASPC Annual Report Awards competition by four weeks to Friday, September 16.

The call for entries and the entry form are available on the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com.

The ASPC Annual Report Awards competition honors the outstanding work done each year on these most important documents. The competition judges entries against others in four revenue classes -- not-for-profits, companies with gross revenues less than $250 million, companies with gross revenues between $250 million and $2.5 billion, and companies with gross revenues greater than $2.5 billion -- and focuses on the major features of the annual report: front cover, letter to shareholders, narrative, design and photography, and financial presentation. An award is also given for the best interactive online annual report experience among entries from each revenue class.

In addition to the competition's best-of-category awards, the ASPC awards committee also may bestow the ASPC Colonial Award for Excellence or a certificate of honorable mention upon other exceptional entries.

Additionally, the ASPC is again offering a written critique of submitted annual reports. Since the program's inception, approximately 25 percent of participants have elected to receive written critiques. Critiques examine each annual report by the contest categories and provide comparative analysis against current trends and long-accepted standards. In light of ongoing economic headwinds, the ASPC is offering this service this year at a reduced rate of $600. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way affects competition judging. This year, to ensure the timely return of critiques, only the first 75 requests for written critiques will be accepted. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way effects competition judging.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through two annual awards programs, the ASPC Masters Communication Awards and the ASPC Annual Report Awards competitions. New for 2016, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch two new programs: the ASPC Corporate and Social Responsibility Annual Report Awards and the ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report Awards in recognition of the roles these reports now play in professional communicators’ efforts to tell the most important stories of the organizations they represent. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com.



ASPC Announces 2016 Annual Report Awards Competition

PITTSBURGH, May 2, 2016--The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced that it is now accepting entries for the 2016 ASPC Annual Report Awards competition. The call for entries and the entry form are available on the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com. The deadline for entries is Friday, August 19, and entries received by Friday, July 22, receive an automatic $50 early-bird discount off the base entry fee.

The ASPC Annual Report Awards competition honors the outstanding work done each year on these most important documents. The competition judges entries against others in four revenue classes -- not-for-profits, companies with gross revenues less than $250 million, companies with gross revenues between $250 million and $2.5 billion, and companies with gross revenues greater than $2.5 billion -- and focuses on the major features of the annual report: front cover, letter to shareholders, narrative, design and photography, and financial presentation. An award is also given for the best interactive online annual report experience among entries from each revenue class.

"The ASPC Annual Report Awards competition aims to recognize outstanding achievement in annual report production across categories that represent the most important features of a successful annual report," said ASPC President Erin Reilly. "By honoring the achievements of our colleagues in the art of annual report production – writing, design, photography and financial presentation, as well as online availability and features – we are able to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence for our entire profession."

In addition to the competition's best-of-category awards, the ASPC awards committee also may bestow the ASPC Colonial Award for Excellence or a certificate of honorable mention upon other exceptional entries.

Additionally, the ASPC is again offering a written critique of submitted annual reports. Since the program's inception, approximately 25 percent of participants have elected to receive written critiques. Critiques examine each annual report by the contest categories and provide comparative analysis against current trends and long-accepted standards. In light of ongoing economic headwinds, the ASPC is offering this service this year at a reduced rate of $600. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way affects competition judging. This year, to ensure the timely return of critiques, only the first 75 requests for written critiques will be accepted. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way effects competition judging.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through two annual awards programs, the ASPC Masters Communication Awards and the ASPC Annual Report Awards competitions. New for 2016, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch two new programs: the ASPC Corporate and Social Responsibility Annual Report Awards and the ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report Awards in recognition of the roles these reports now play in professional communicators’ efforts to tell the most important stories of the organizations they represent. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com.



ASPC Announces Plans to Launch New Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report Awards Competitions in 2016

New programs build on organization’s long history of recognizing outstanding achievement in professional communications

PITTSBURGH, April 18, 2016--The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced plans to launch two new programs this year in order to recognize outstanding achievement in the production of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) annual reports. The new ASPC Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report Awards program is expected to launch in August, and the ASPC will begin accepting entries for its new Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report Awards program in October.

More than a decade ago, investors, customers, business partners, community leaders and environmental activists began calling on companies to document in a transparent and verifiable way their commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports address these concerns and go far beyond traditional financial reporting to tell a story about not just what a company does but how it benefits the communities it serves and the wider world.

At the same time, the business case for diversity and inclusion gets stronger each year as more organizations realize the benefits of cultivating a culture that leverages diversity in order to build higher-performing teams of individuals whose differences lead to more constructive dialogue and more innovative thinking about how best to serve diverse constituencies. And annual D&I reports bring transparency to this effort while giving organizations the opportunity to make important statements about their investments, their culture and their shared values to customers, business partners, community leaders, and current and prospective employees.

“The 2016 ASPC Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report Awards programs bring to bear the same practices and standards that have governed the ASPC’s other successful recognition programs – the ASPC Annual Report Awards and the ASPC Masters Communication Awards – for nearly 20 years in order to honor those organizations whose CSR and D&I reports most effectively tell their stories,” said ASPC President Erin Reilly. “Focused on the achievements of the professional communicators who produce these reports, our programs will not aim to judge the merits of an organization’s CSR or D&I programs, but rather the quality of their annual CSR and D&I reports based on individual circumstances and the final products relative to current best practices in CSR and D&I reporting.”

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through two annual awards programs, the ASPC Masters Communication Awards and the ASPC Annual Report Awards competitions. New for 2016, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch two new programs: the ASPC Corporate and Social Responsibility Annual Report Awards and the ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report Awards in recognition of the roles these reports now play in professional communicators’ efforts to tell the most important stories of the organizations they represent. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com.


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