Rules of entry.
Our team gathers creative work by advertising agencies and advertisers from across the world. Every year, the association creates a new collection, gathering hundreds of new ads and inviting agencies to be part of the ACT Program.
The ACT Program includes the following :
During our yearly “call for entries”, our editorial team inputs all ads into its database, which is shared with Adforum.com, the best worldwide creative ressource. The database can be affiliated to any website through hosted sections or links. It is likely that advertising networks, agencies, trade associations, trade media and other related sites’ websites would include such a section.
ACT Responsible organises exhibitions around the world to promote these ads. The annual exhibition is premiered each June during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Since 2020, the exhibition“Great Ads for Good” is also available online on a dedicated website greatadsforgood.org
Non-profit clients’ submissions are eligible to be broadcasted on Euronews and Africanews for no additional fees, several times daily on the short programme “One Minute of Responsibility”. Unless otherwise notified, submissions are eligible to be published for free by our media partners worldwide. If selected by the ACT Responsible editorial team and the Euronews ethical committee, your campaign may benefit from this free media space. The media space offered is valued between 10 000€ and 50 000€. You’ll receive a report after 4 months with all the information regarding the broadcast.
The Good Report, created in collaboration with WARC, is an annual ranking of the campaigns identified by ACT Responsible that have been entered in its database. It was created to celebrate the best creative campaigns that promote sustainability and social responsibility and raise awareness of the world’s major social and environmental issues.
NB: SUBMITTING TO ACT RESPONSIBLE DOES NOT COUNT INTO THE WARC RANKINGS. IT DOES COUNT FOR THE GOOD REPORT DONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WARC RANKINGS.
This award aims to recognise excellence in social marketing. It highlights the advertising industry’s specific contribution to society by selecting and celebrating the most successful creative social marketing campaigns. The awards cover subjects such as public health, the environment, sustainable consumption, public safety, disability, human rights, domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness, education and other similar topical public issues.
Ads can be entered in our database all year long by simply sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe responsible communication is the future of advertising and would like to support this collective industry effort, consider becoming a member.
All entrants agree to provide print-quality material (print entries) and high-quality digital video (film/case studies) for publication and exhibition purposes.
For print: Image Size: 5000x7000px (A2) – 300dpi – Color: RVB – Jpg options: Quality 12 Maximum
For video: MOV & MP4
All entries have to be submitted through the website or by email to email@example.com.
The organisers cannot be held responsible for entries lost or delayed during upload. It is therefore advisable to upload your material well before the closing date to avoid any delays due to high numbers of entries.
Entrants are required to complete and submit their entry by 14 April 2023.
Any advertiser (agencies, media, production companies, advertisers, institutions, NGOs or corporations) from around the world that has a communication campaign on social responsibility is eligible to enter.
All media types (TV, cinema, web, digital, print, outdoor, PR cases, media cases) are accepted. Only TV, cinema and digital campaigns for charities, NGOs and associations will be eligible to enter the “One Minute of Responsibility” programme.
For print: Image Size: 5000x7000px (A2) – 300dpi – Color: RVB – Jpg options: Quality 12 Maximum
For video: MOV & MP4
We cover the 17 Sustainable Development Goals developed by the UN (for details about the themes, click here!)
- No poverty (Goal 1)
- Zero hunger (Goal 2)
- Good health and well-being (Goal 3)
- Quality education for everyone (Goal 4)
- Gender Equality (Goal 5)
- Clean water and sanitation (Goal 6)
- Affordable energy (Goal 7)
- Decent work & economic growth (Goal 8)
- Industry, innovation and infrastructure (Sustainable economy, Goal 9)
- Reduced inequalities (Goal 10)
- Sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11)
- Responsible consumption and production (Goal 12)
- Climate action (Goal 13)
- Life below water (Goal 14)
- Life on land (Goal 15)
- Peace and Justice, strong institutions (Goal 16)
- Partnerships for the goal (Goal 17)
Entrants who want to submit their work to the ACT Program will do so with respect to the following conditions:
Campaigns must have run between 1 January 2022 and 1 April 2023. Campaigns that were launched before 1 January 2022 and continue to run after are only eligible if they have run within the qualifying time frame.
Work must have been created within the context of a normal client relationship (paying contract or pro bono) and must have been broadcasted, published or presented publicly. No scam or speculative work can be accepted.
Work must bear the advertiser/owner of the rights to the advertisement’s prior permission.
You must guarantee that the work has not infringed any national law, voluntary or regulatory codes of practice.
Campaigns or organisations appearing to Greenwash* or Green sheen* respectively will be automatically disqualified.
*Greenwash – the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.
*Green sheen – organisations which attempt to appear as though they are adopting practices beneficial to the environment.
Subjects focusing on war, religion or political issues can be subject to rejection by the editorial team, who keep the right to exclude any campaign that they deem controversial.
Fees & Payment
50€ annual membership – 50% discount for renewing members.
For more promotion and visibility become a agency member : check membership levels
Entry fee (giving possible access to The Good Report + Care Awards + One Minute of Responsibility + Multiple databases + Cannes Exhibition) is as followed:
1st campaign: 400€
2nd campaign: 375€
3rd campaign: 350€
Any additional campaign: 300€ each
NB: the entry fees cover post production, mounting, layout, printing… etc. ACT Responsible entry fees are the only sources of financing the association has. The managing staff are volunteers but we must still cover our operating fixed costs and interns’ salaries. The entry fee does not include VAT (for entrants from Switzerland only) and bank charges.
Entry fees can be paid by bank transfer
Account Name: Association ACT Responsible
Bank Name: UBS
Bank address: rue Theodore Stephani 2, 3963 Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Account Number: 0268-516802.60M
(VAT applies to Swiss resident participants)
Or by credit car via Paypal
- Please email a copy of your bank transfer confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org
- For identification purposes, all payment should be indexed: Invoice Reference or Agency + Town + Country
- All participants will receive an invoice.
- Your entry will be completed only on reception of your payment.
By submitting their work, entrants agree to the above and below mentioned usage:
Entrants certify to withhold all the rights necessary for the above-mentioned usage worldwide and the rights from direct and indirect third parties or will let ACT Responsible know when the rights are no longer valid.
Entrants authorise ACT Responsible to utilise submitted ads on any adequate media, as well as to broadcast and distribute them to promote ACT Responsible’s mission (agencies and advertisers shall always be credited)
Entrants also warrant that they, as individuals or on behalf of the agency that employs them (name mentioned in the entry form) are entitled to grant the rights referred to in the previous paragraph. Also, that ACT Responsible’s exercise of the rights granted under the said paragraph will not infringe the copyright of any third party nor attract any payments to such third parties, whether by royalty or otherwise.
The entrants agree to indemnify ACT Responsible and hold them harmless against all and any losses, costs, damages and expenses (including, without limitation, legal expenses) incurred by them because of any breach by the entrant of any of the warranties contained above.
ACT Responsible respects the copyright and intellectual property rights of others and reserves the right to remove submissions immediately and without notice from an exhibition or from their website or from the award if they become aware that the rights of any third party are being infringed upon or caused damage.
All entrants must strictly observe the entry conditions. Completion of the entry form implies the entrant’s full acceptance of these rules. Non-compliance with any of the entry rules results in an entry’s automatic refusal.
The entrant authorises the organisers to screen or publish ads without charge for the purpose of promoting ethical advertising.
The entries will be managed, hosted and served by adforum.com and may be served to as many professional websites as possible through hosted sections or links. Major advertising networks and agencies, trade associations, trade media and other related sites might include these sections on their website.
Selections of the gathered work will be exhibited and distributed via screening or print catalogues around the world as part of our various initiatives in order to promote our mission.
1- Any campaign for non-profit clients is eligible for this programme.
2- The maximum length is 60sec.
3- You must provide the advertiser’s written consent.
4- The campaigns should be in English as it is broadcasted all over the world (from NY to Tokyo, via Helsinki and Johannesburg) on Euronews and Africanews TV channels.
5- The campaign should include neither violence, nudity, weapons nor religious content.
6- To keep the work relevant during global broadcast, dates, phone numbers and addresses are not allowed; only a website URL may be included.
7- The Euronews ethical committee must also accept the campaign.
8- Technical info: files for submission must be Apple Pro Res 4.2.2 HQ (1920×1080) – audio: linear PCM – stereo – frame rate: 25 (23,98 if not possible).
1- Submissions are validated by our editorial team who is entitled to refuse any controversial entries that may offend national, cultural or religious beliefs or public taste.
2- The exhibition selection will be made by our editorial team based on its creativity, innovation, execution and understanding. The campaign will enter the exhibition with respect to the space available and to ensure the best representation of the range of work showcased.
3- Selection will be done under the sole responsibility of the editorial team. NB: The campaigns selected for the “Great Ads for Good” Exhibition WILL NOT ENTER Cannes Lions competition.
4- Specification for exhibition print material: minimum resolution accepted 900mm wide (or 2500pixel)– high-resolution (300dpi) pdf files, 90cm width. For video files: MOV & MP4.
The corpus of campaigns covers all social & environmental campaigns created for a charity, institution or corporation identified during the year (approx. 1000 campaign) by our editorial team.
The ranking combines a campaign’s presence and performance across ACT Responsible’s initiatives [ Cannes Exhibition – Care Awards – “One minute of Responsibility” TV Program – all Tributes (public vote) – Good Ad Gallery (views)] and in WARC Rankings (scoring the campaign’s performance in awards shows. Find out about Warc Ranking methodology).
The Care Awards are open to all campaigns submitted to the ACT Responsible Promo Pack.
You may enter as many campaigns as you like.
It is also possible to only enter the Care Awards:
- Please write to email@example.com to specify your request.
- Specification for Care Awards entry: Print: JPEG – Video: MOV & MP4
1. Reasons for disqualification @ Care Awards
a) Data not sourced (if applicable) — evidence of results data, facts, claims and research must be sourced. We reserve the right to verify the data with the source referenced.
b) Agency names — the Care Awards is an agency-blind competition. Therefore, agency names will not be cited on entry forms. Evidence of results or any other materials will be seen by judges.
c) Incomplete entries — the entry will only be submitted when all parts of the entry form have been fully completed and received (confirmation by email).
d) The information on the entry form must be 100% accurate, as it cannot be changed once submitted.
e) No client approval — ensure that you have client’s approval before entering the competition and for ALL material submitted.
f) Creative material not translated — each entry should be submitted in English, although the creative work may be in any language. Non-English speaking campaigns must be accompanied by a complete translation and all television commercials must be translated into English to make judging possible.
Information in the entry form will remain confidential until the end of both judging rounds. Before any information is published, we request the approval of both the agency and the client. Each winning entry receives one Care Award trophy as part of the entry fee. This will be received by the winning agency at the Care Awards Ceremony.
3. Categories :
There are 3 main categories (advertiser) :
a) Companies & Businesses
Corporate governance (CSR) — corporate campaigns that promote care for safety, youth, communities and the environment.
b) NGOs & Foundations
Non-profit organisations and non-governmental bodies — an organisation that exists for educational or charitable reasons and from which its shareholders or trustees do not benefit financially. An organisation created by private persons or organisations with no participation or representation of any government.
c) Governments & Institutions
Government bodies and related organisations — an organisation that is the governing authority of a political unit, the ruling power in a political society and the apparatus through which a governing body functions and exercises authority.
Each of these categories have 3 media type sub-categories
Corporation – Film
Corporation – Print
Corporation – Case Study
NGO – Film
NGO – Print
NGO – Case Study
Governments – Film
Governments – Print
Governments – Case Study
If a same campaign is developed on different types of media (for example, a print and a case study) => In this case the campaign has to be entered in 2 different categories:
NGO – Print and NGO – Case Study
If you are wondering which category to enter, please email Sophie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a brief description of the campaign followed by your questions.
4. Submitting a successful entry
It is important to provide judges with interesting material that is easy to follow. Here are a few tips on how you can submit award-winning entries without making it too long and too complicated a process.
Tell a story: presenting your case entry as a story will immediately draw the judges in. It will make it easier to understand your objectives, strategy and achievements. Giving your case entry personality makes for a more stimulating read.
Quality not quantity: it is not how much material you submit or how many words you enter, but rather the quality, clarity and simplicity of the material that counts. Including clear and relevant information makes for a smooth judging process. Jury members will be more sympathetic to campaigns that have a clear structure, consistent derivation and simple language. Less is more!
Proofread: review your case entry for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and incorrect mathematical calculations. Ask multiple colleagues/reliant editors to proofread your case entry before submission to avoid any mistakes. It may be helpful to ask someone who is not familiar with your brand/campaign to read the case entry to confirm it has a logical thread.
Know the rules: before registering, ensure that your campaign is eligible to enter the awards programme.
5. Judging procedure
The jury will judge a shortlist of campaigns drawn from agencies’ submissions and will decide on the winning entries in a range of categories. The Care Awards judging takes place in two rounds.
Round 1 is considered a pre-selection of the 25 (approx.) top scoring campaigns. The selection committee, formed by ACT Responsible (ACT), NGO’s communication directors (NGAd) and agency representatives will favour the campaigns demonstrating strengths in the following areas:
- ldea & Execution => originality of idea and quality of execution.
- Impact on society & beneficiaries => Respect and impact on public opinion and beneficiaries (group/category of people highlighted by the campaign)
- Trustworthiness => honesty and sincerity of the message and advertiser
Each entry is scored on a scale of 1-10 per criterion (1 = poor, 10 = excellent). Round 1 is handled entirely online.
Round 2, the judging committee formed by NGOs’ communication directors, agency creatives, advertisers and chaired by an NGO President will follow the same procedure than Round 1.
Jurors are allocated cases that do not cause a conflict of interest. Before the judging begins, they are advised to inform the moderator if they are allocated a case they shouldn’t be scoring.
Discussion is an important component of the judging event in Round 2 but the jury votes remains anonymous and confidential.
It is important to note that not all categories produce winners; even if a category has a finalist it does not mean that this campaign has won.
6. What are the judges looking for?
Below you will find a set of questions to ask yourself when writing your case entry. These are there to help you understand how to formulate your answers in order for your written case to be easily readable by the judges.
a) A clear and concise presentation: what were you trying to do? What happened? How did you do it? How easily can a reader understand it? Keep out jargon and use simple language.
b) Scale of the task: be clear about why your campaign was important and how no-one else has achieved this before.
c) Innovation: what was ingenious? What was new?
d) use of media channels: which did you use and why?
e) Relevant approach : Was you approach sincere and selfless?
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