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Corporate Engagement Awards open for entries to celebrate best in Corporate sponsorships, partnerships and social responsibility

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The event of the year in corporate partnerships, sponsorships and social responsibility is about to kick off for the third time. Communicate magazine’s Corporate Engagement Awards is announcing its call for entries and the beginning of its 2013 programme.

The awards recognise and honour the achievements of companies and agencies who have successfully worked with charities, arts organisations, NGOs and not-for-profits in order to promote their corporate brands and improve their reputations. Previous winners of the awards have been examples of mutual partnerships in which both the sponsor and the recipient have enhanced their business strategies.

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CEA 2013 logo

Andrew Thomas, publishing editor of Communicate, says: “Over the last three years we have seen a tremendous increase in the creativity, strategic thought and implementation of companies’ CSR-related corporate sponsorship and partnership activities. There is no denying that there is a real correlation between this activity and an organisation’s reputation. We are proud to run the only event that benchmarks this and recognises excellence in this field.”

Entries received by 12 June will receive a £100 discount. All entries must be received by 26 June. Entries are judged by a panel of experts in 20 categories spread across five sections.  Among this year’s categories is the unique opportunity for Olympics-related sponsorship activities to achieve recognition.

Last year’s Grand Prix winner, Volunteer it Yourself, was a groundbreaking partnership of companies and organisations that sought to provide apprenticeships and training for young people while simultaneously helping maintain two London youth centres. The project has since received Big Lottery funding and has expanded from one programme to include seven live, nine completed and 33 planned projects.

The awards are to be announced at a gala dinner in September 2013 in London.

To enter, please visit corporateengagementawards.com. For more information contact hannah.hodges@communicatemagazine.co.uk or liz.foggitt@communicatemagazine.co.uk or contact +44 20 7498 7008.

A complete list of categories is as follows:

Sector
Best arts-centred corporate sponsorship
Best charity-centred corporate sponsorship
Best sports-centred corporate sponsorship
Best combined sponsorship

Strategy
Best open-ended corporate sponsorship programme
Best single event corporate sponsorship programme
Best pro bono work for charitable, social or ethical cause
Most effective long-term philanthropic scheme, foundation or programme
Most innovative sponsorship

Objective
Best corporate sponsorship to raise brand awareness
Best alignment with brand values through sponsorship
Best corporate sponsorship for employee engagement
Best external relationship-building sponsorship programme

Activity
Best communication of corporate sponsorship activity
Best execution of corporate sponsorship activity
Best evaluation of corporate sponsorship activity
Best community involvement in a sponsorship activity
Best sponsorship activity relating to the London 2012 Olympics

For sponsored organisations
Best collaborative approach
Best sponsorship communications

Grand Prix for best corporate partnership or sponsorship