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The 4th Annual Justmeans Social Innovation Awards will commence on September 1st, 2011 with deadline for submissions on November 30th, 2011.

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The 4th Annual Social Innovation Awards

The 4th annual Social Innovation Awards will showcase companies that are integrating social and environmental responsibility into core business strategy.

Applications to the awards program are judged by an international panel of judges that is completely separate from Justmeans management.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the Social Innovation Awards is November 30th, 2011 at 5:00PM GMT (12:00PM EST).

The categories for the Social Innovation Awards are:

Finance: Best Social Investment Strategy - This award will recognize the company or organization with the best social investment strategy, a concept that refers to the ways companies invest their financial assets in order to advance causes or programs that have both social and financial returns.

Human Resources: Best Employee Engagement Strategy - This award will go the company or organization that demonstrates the best communications strategy and/or program for activating employees to become involved in corporate sustainability.

Human Resources: Best Employee Virtual Communications Monitoring - This award will go the company or organization that has implemented the most effective means of monitoring for virtual communication means for its employees.

Marketing and Communications: Best Use of New Media - The award in this category will go to the company, brand, or organization that has demonstrated the best use of new media, including gaming, location, social media, listening platforms, crowdsourcing, and mobile devices to advance social and environmental change. This award will apply to both companies and particular brands within companies.

Marketing and Communications: Best Integrated Report - This award category will showcase the company or organization that has done the most to integrate social and environmental assets and liabilities into a seamless combined financial and non-financial report. While the field of integrated reporting remains nascent, this category will award the company that has made the most progress in integrating financial and non-financial performance indicators.

Marketing and Communications: Best Online Report - The winner of this award will be the company or organization that has created the best online and informative experience around a sustainability, CSR, ESG, or integrated "report".

Marketing and Communications: Best Stakeholder Engagement - This award will go to the company or organization that can best demonstrate how its corporate strategy engages stakeholders. Stakeholder engagement involves the methods by which companies participate in multi-way communications with key influencers in their business, including investors, activists, employees, customers or government bodies. Many companies make commitments to stakeholder engagement but often fail to act on the priorities of stakeholders. Companies that wish to win this award should showcase a particular example (or series of examples) of how the company has changed corporate strategy as a direct response to stakeholder input.

Operations: Best Sustainability Performance Award - This award will go to the company or organization that has made the most substantial gains in reducing its "footprint"over the past twelve months while maintaining financial performance.

Product: Best Product Design – This award will go to the company or organization that has developed best green product. New green products involve innovations in product design and efficiency that helps to maintain sustainability throughout the product life cycle.

Product: Best Incorporation of Ethical Sourcing/Certification - The award will go to the company or organization that has made the most integrated and substantial commitment to ethically sourced materials, ingredients, etc. This award will be open to both companies and particular brands.

Philanthropy: Most Strategic Use of Philanthropic Funds – Strategic philanthropy entails the contribution of money or time to causes that align with company operations, such that giving also contributes to the industry's sustainability. This award will go to the company or organization that best meets these criteria.