The Financial Times-Justmeans Social Innovation Awards launched in early 2009 to an overwhelming response from the corporate community. The collaboration demonstrates one of the most successful partnerships of traditional media and social media in the name of social innovation.
The Social Innovation Awards present a forum for organizations to highlight their latest concepts and practical applications to improve to advance social needs and better business. The entries will be evaluated in the areas of Finance, Purchasing, Product Design, Philanthropy, Supply Chain, Sales, Operations, Communications, and Human Resources.
The newly-expanded awards are:
- Best Social Investment Strategy
- Most Sustainable Purchasing Strategy
- Best New Green Product
- Most Strategic Philanthropy Program
- Most Influential Supply Chain Management Strategy
- Best Base of the Pyramid Strategy
- Best Internal Sustainability Award
- Best Stakeholder Engagement
- Best Employee Engagement Strategy
Entry into one of these nine main categories will also qualify applicants to enter into the “Citizens Choice Award” category.
Winners of the main Categories will be selected by a panel of judges who are thought-leaders in the area of social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
The Citizens Choice Award will be selected by a public voting process. In addition to the judges selecting the nine main category winners, they will also be using the shortlisted candidates to select and award the ‘Most Innovative Awards”.
The application period will end on December 18th, and the awards will be presented at a gala dinner in New York City in March at the culmination of the 2010 Financial Times Investing in a Sustainable Future Conference.