Nomination Criteria, Timeline & Selection Process

Each year since 2008, CR Magazine has awarded the prestigious Responsible CEO of the Year Award, presented to CEOs who, during the previous year, put themselves at personal and professional risk in order to deliver on corporate responsibility promises. This annual award is unique among business honors because it recognizes how individual CEOs have aligned their company’s interests with that of thousands of stakeholders to do well by doing good and acknowledges leadership in progress, since corporate responsibility represents a discipline that is ever to be improved upon.

In 2011, CR Magazine announced the addition of the Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize an individual whose risk-taking, vision and pioneering spirit have led to significant achievement in the Corporate Responsibility field over the course of their career.   All award winners are nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent panel of judges composed of previous winners and other recognized leaders.

This year’s recipients will be honored at CR Magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner which will take place at the COMMIT!Forum at the MGM National Harbor.

Process & Timeline:

October 30, 2016 Nomination Form made available on the COMMIT!Forum website
December 1, 2016 Call for Nominations opens
March 31, 2017 Panel of judges, composed of past award winners and recognized leaders, will be confirmed
March 31, 2017 Nomination Deadline
mid-April List of Finalists identified by the Editorial Board of CR Magazine
April 15, 2017 Finalists provided to the judging panel along with a scoring sheet to help them rank the nominees; Selections requested back by April 28, 2017.
Early March/April Nominees are notified to let them know if they’ve been confirmed as a finalist and whether they accept the nomination and will be in attendance for the Awards Dinner (TBD).
April 28, 2017 Judges are expected to respond with their top 5 selections for Responsible CEO of the Year plus a recommendation for Lifetime Achievement Award.
April-May Finalists
  • To be announced via a press release
  • To be featured in the May/June issue of CR Magazine with a photo and bio
  • To be emailed to our CR Universe as part of a COMMIT!Forum attendee push
  • To be included in the May/June CR Insider
  • To be featured on all out CR websites
  • To be promoted through CR social media and partners
May 2017 CR Magazine will consider the judging panel of responses and identify the winners
May 2017 CR Magazine will reach out to all winners letting them know they have been selected and re-confirm whether they accept the award and will be in attendance for the October 2017 Awards Dinner on October 12 at MGM National Harbor
Mid – September Press Release announcing the Responsible CEO Winners
October 2017 Press Release announcing the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
October 12, 2017 Responsible CEOs of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner at MGM National Harbor
December 2017
Winners to be featured in the November/December issue of CR Magazine

Evaluation Criteria:

CEO and Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees will be evaluated across three dimensions:

  • The scope of the nominee’s impact on his/her organization/community Please describe the impact of the nominee’s initiative(s). Please provide specific quantitative information about the impact, such as the size of the organization/community directly impacted, the relative population, the percentage impact on profits, cost savings, etc. These are only examples; any quantitative information is helpful in our deliberations.
  • The extent to which the nominee drove this initiative. Please rate the extent to which the nominee drove this initiative on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is very little, and 10 is virtually completely. Also, please describe how the nominee drove the initiative.
  • The individual reputational or professional risk taken by the nominee. Please rate the individual reputational or professional risk the nominee took for this initiative on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is virtually none and 10 is astronomical. Also, please describe that risk.

Nomination Pointers:

  • Focus on the CEO and the leadership they provided since this program recognizes individuals, not teams or products.
  • Do not nominate a CEO who simply did their job. The judges will look for evidence that the nominee went above and beyond what was expected of them, taking personal risk to move a CR initiative forward.  Show how the nominee brought about a real outcome.
  • Focus on the effect. Explain how a nominee’s work made a significant difference, either in the organization or the community at large. Describe that effect in concrete terms that can be understood by people unfamiliar with the person or his or her expertise.
  • Focus on this past year. Other than the lifetime achievement award, these awards recognize work largely done, or culminating, over the past year.
  • Remember, this is not a popularity contest; the key is impact. An individual’s effect might be significant but potentially divisive. That is not necessarily an obstacle to winning an award.
  • Look for the unsung heroes. Some people are in a better position than others to make a difference due to their resources or visibility, but don’t forget the individuals behind the scenes who make a difference largely because of their creativity, energy and sheer tenacity.






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