Care Awards 2016 launches Call for Entries
The Care Awards 2016, organised by the European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA) and ACT Responsible, are now open for entries until 8 April 2016. This creative award aims to recognise excellence in social marketing as part of EACA'S overall commitment to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ACT Responsible’s mission to inspire, promote and federate the actors of the advertising communications industry around social responsibility and sustainable development. The main aim of this annual award is to highlight the advertising industry's specific contribution to society by selecting and celebrating the most creative social marketing campaigns. The awards cover subjects such as public health, environment, sustainable consumption, public safety, disability, human rights, discrimination, domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness, education and other similar topical public issues. The entries are judged in five categories: Non-profit Organisations and Non-governmental Bodies; Government Bodies and Related Organisations; Local and Regional Authorities; Corporate Governance and Healthy Lifestyle Promotion. The awards will be judged by a panel of Members of the European Parliament (MEPS), chaired by MEP together with agency representatives and stakeholders. Entering the Care Awards represents a unique opportunity to present CSR work to an important political audience. It is now open for entries until 8 April 2016. The announcement of the winners and the award ceremony will take place in Brussels in June.
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi received the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought handed to his wife on his behalf in Strasbourg in December. Badawi, who was sentenced to ten years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a hefty fine for hosting online posts that were considered blasphemous by Saudi authorities, was honoured by the European Parliament for his fight for freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia. "Badawi has become a symbol and an inspiration for all those fighting for fundamental rights in the region and beyond," said European Parlement President Martin Schulz during the ceremony.