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The Global Good Awards are proud to announce that we are the first UK awards to be accredited with the Gold standard Ethical Awards Trust Mark!
Our regular readers will already know that the GGA had applied to the The Independent Awards Standards Council’s Trust Mark Scheme. And on the night that we devote to celebrating the awe inspiring work of our entrants’, the GGA received some recognition of its own… being accredited with the highest standard of the Ethical Awards Trust Mark scheme!
The Independent Awards Standards Council’s Trust Mark Scheme we established with the aim of encouraging more award programmes to focus on their own ethics and transparency. The scheme analyses awards by looking at everything from criteria, scoring, feedback, transparency and judging. As an award programme with ‘ethics’ at its heart, the GGA is thrilled to confirm that we got the GOLD!
“Being ethical and transparent is embedded in the ethos our entire awards programme, so applying for this Trust Mark was an easy decision to make. We want to lead the way with the ethical standards of awards and I hope that many other award programmes follow.” Founder and CEO of the GGA, Karen Sutton
The Awards Trust Mark Scheme
The Independent Awards Standards Council (IASC) is a not-for profit organisation made up of stakeholders in the Awards Industry. It was established with the aim of raising standards and perceptions of trust in awards as a whole, for the benefit of all stakeholders. We caught us with IASC Co-Founder Chris Robinson, Co-Founder of the Independent Awards Standards Council, and MD of the world’s first award entry consultancy, Boost Marketing, whose agency represents the interests of hundreds of clients entering awards.
Chris and his fellow IASC members believe that some award schemes are falling wide of the mark.
The need for the Trust Mark, and the elements within an agreed code of conduct, are based on research by Boost Marketing that gained input from both awards entrants and organisers. According to Boost’s research, the average score given by businesses when asked ‘how well does the awards industry meet your needs’ was just 5.7 out of 10. But around 80% of businesses entering awards would be influenced by an independent accreditation scheme when picking awards to enter. It found that transparency was essential, and that most awards organisers were willing to consider such a scheme. The research also showed that perceived trust in the judging process used in an awards scheme is one of the most influential factors for businesses in picking schemes to enter.
The big picture for the IASC is that the UK aspires to lead the world in business awards, setting the standard to which the rest of the world aspires. This will improve the credibility and thus popularity and impact of awards schemes, for the benefit of all stakeholders within the awards industry.
Chris explains why the GGA were such an appropriate first holder of the Gold Standard award:
”The Global Good Awards scheme certainly sets the standard for how awards schemes should be run. Their every detail, from the transparency of the scoring system, to the briefings provided to judges, to the sustainability of the awards dinner, to the clarity of the entering process, is exemplary. I couldn’t have hoped for a more appropriate award scheme to be the first to earn the Gold Standard Awards Trust Mark.”
It’s great to grab gold!
The GGA has always strived to be the very best with a special focus on ensuring that expertise and independence is integral in our judging process, that we are transparent about what we do, and giving our entrants constructive feedback. We fully support any initiative that will set a standard and code of conduct for awards schemes and provide reassurance to all stakeholders. It’s great to be winners, too!
GGA judge Claudine Blamey, Head of Sustainability for The Crown Estate, offered her congratulations and commented: “The Global Good Awards are one of the most exciting and inspiring awards in sustainability and corporate responsibility. As a judge I find the process a delight: it’s engaging, informative and transparent.”
Interesting in entering the Global Good Awards in 2019?
It’s not too early to register your interest in entering for 2019. Entries open on 1st December but if you’re registered with us, we can update you on categories, criteria and dates.
Anyone wishing to be part of the Global Good revolution and this unique awards programme can contact Founder, Karen Sutton: karen@GlobalGoodAwards.co.uk