Rules and Policies
The SoPlace Awards is governed by the SoPlace Laureates Charter and administered by an Awards Secretariat empowered to run comprehensive programmes across a range of award categories developed to recognize the global sense-of-place’s most vital sectors and initiatives. SoPlace Awards are presented in six hierarchies (“Prestige”) — Titanium, Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, and Bronze; and across five geographical tiers — Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific. SoPlace Awards is the world’s foremost awards serving the sense-of-place stakeholders from the first (government) and second (private) sectors. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, represent entire range of the sense-of place in governmental, professional, and for—profit sectors.
The Rules of the SoPlace Awards have been established in accordance with the SoPlace Laureates Charter executed on December 30th, 2012 by the founding Awards Secretariat. There are five steps in the awards process — Nomination Research, Nomination Assessement, Nomination Audit, Nomination Acceptance, Judging Process, and Announcement & Presentation. The Nomination Research Unit appointed by the Awards Secretariat will be undertaking extensive research of individuals and organizations for selection and validation following strict terms of reference to identify and shortlist pre—nominees of SoPlace Awards. The decisions by the Nomination Protocol Committee, Voting Respondents, and Board of Judges are final.
The Nomination Protocol Committee is empowered to conclude the pre—nominees list, and subject to the acceptance by the respective pre—nominees within the stipulated duration or fulfillment of nomination acceptance quota, whichever comes first. All stakeholders in governmental, professional, and for—profit sectors with online presence will be identified and qualified as potential candidates for pre—nominees by the Nomination Protocol Committee, according to the evaluation criterias. All final nominees are eligible to accept the pre—nomination if it has been established of at least three years and contributing in its recent form at the time of pre—nomination. If the pre—nomination relates to a specific initiative/project, it must have been started officially and legally at the time of acceptance.
It is the responsibility of the Voting Respondents and Board of Judges to independently and objectively decide deserving individuals/organizations. They are not authorised to solicit the opinions of others before coming to his/her final determinations and recording the results. In the event anyone who feels, for any reason whatsoever, that his/her objectivity may be compromised, or believes that the potential for the appearance of impropriety in completing his/her responsibilities, he/she should immediately advise the Awards Secretariat, and resign the assignment of judging or voting. Details of the official meetings will not be disclosed; and no correspondences will be entered into by the Awards Secretariat regarding any feedback.