We summarise here the five key steps in the process for Peer Awards candidates.
You may well already know which of our awards you wish to enter (you can enter for one, for two or for all three), and it could also know the number of different submissions you plan to make for each. Take a look at the Company Awards if you plan three or more entries as these offer something in addition. We ask for your organisation’s logo, either as an image that can be uploaded from your computer or in the form of a link to your logo at a publicly accessible internet location. We expect to also need this as a hi-res image for the Book.
When you complete and submit the signing-up form, the system will ask you to verify your email address. Please make sure that you have access to your corporate email (as opposed to a generic email like gmail or Hotmail etc.) so we can verify the organisation that you work for – which is how we vet finalists and judges for quality assurance of the integrity of the Peer Awards.
You may draft as many entries as you like online at your Dashboard and keep making revisions until you are happy that they are ready to be submitted.
You will need to select the award category you would wish an entry to be considered for – we may subsequently fine-tune the final list of categories, to best suit the entries that get nominated.
Our entry form is completely flexible, enabling you to simply re-use materials that you may have already prepared, for other award entries for instance. You can provide a mixture of text (as little or as much as you choose), images, video and PDF. Our two suggestions are that you provide an executive overview supplemented with reference materials for judges that wish to dig deeper, and that you ensure you address both judging criteria impact and innovation.
You will be invited to supplement your entry with insights that we might use when writing about your entry in the Book we plan to publish, but that will not be included in the submission being judged. You can wait on this until after the awards are finished, if you prefer,
When your entry is ready to submit, clickon the dashboard, say how many entry credits you would like and select any of the submission options offered you would like to apply.
You may find that an entry could be suitable for other categories as well – from this or another peer award. It will be possible for you to resubmit what is basically the same entry for other categories, but it should have a clearly distinctive focus, title, content and images in each case. After all the different versions could all be judged by the same people and they might not welcome duplication.
Rather than simply just declining unsuitable entries, we can revert back to a candidate with requests and suggestions, so that we can hopefully nominate every entry that has the potential to be a winner, which is our preference.
Once your entry is nominated you will be offered a further selection of options.
Being nominated is something to celebrate. Every year we receive a very high quality of entries, and so being included amongst those selected is an honour and an achievement in itself. We send you an electronic badge that you can use, and are delighted to showcase your entry at our website after the judging is complete.
Also now of course, being nominated means you will feature in the Book.
When all the nominations are complete we finalise the categories and assign a quorum of nominated entries to each. It is when the shortlist is announced that finalists discover the specific award categories that their nominated entries are in, and is also when they learn about the other entries that are in the same category.
New for 2020: Confirmation of inclusion on the shortlist is subject to the agreement of the judges. It is possible that by the end of the judging process the consensus amongst the judges will be that some entries that were included by us ought to be omitted from the final list. In this way we the shortlists as well as the winners are now also determined by the peer community.
At the awards ceremony we announce the winners of the competitive awards for initiatives that are most innovative and that have the greatest impact for each category, for each award, and for each industry sector, geographical region, and for each of the judging criteria, as well as the initiative that is the Grand Winner of an overall Peer Award.
In addition we grant qualitative awards to candidates that have three or more entries nominated for an award. So for example, you could be guaranteed acknowledgement at the ceremony with a “2020 Peer Award for Commitment to Excellence in Corporate Responsibility”, and your company could be included in a special section in the Book. At the Awards Ceremony we also plan to acknowledge the company that performs best overall, which takes account of all their nominated entries.