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MISA Assessment Criteria & Guidelines

The MDBC Awards Program Guidelines and Assessment Criteria are as stated below.

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MDBC Innovation & Sustainability Awards Guidelines, Rules & Regulations
Please note: Submissions in different categories may refer to either the organization (company, institution, etc.) or to a project.  Projects may be products, services, programs, and / or initiatives.  


General Guidelines
  • Participation in the MDBC Innovation & Sustainability Awards (MISA) constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Rules & Regulations, and the decisions of the Judges which are final and binding.
  • The entry must be the original work of the entrant and must be owned by the entrant.  Modifying, enhancing, or altering a third party’s pre – existing work does not qualify as an entrant’s original creation.  Entries cannot defame, invade, or violate the publicity rights or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal, moral, or proprietary rights of any kind whatsoever.  Any entrant whose entry includes a third party’s name, likeness, trademarks, trade names, logos, or any other elements not wholly owned by the entrant must have a legal release for such use (provided by the entrant), including MDBC’s use of such entry, in a form satisfactory to MDBC.
  • Judges may decide that the organization is required to submit further details, or decide that they (the judges) want to visit any (shortlisted) organization, project, or program in order to make a well informed judgement on the organization, project, or program on site.
  • The expert panel of Judges have the right to move a participant from one category to another if the judges believe that a different category is more appropriate / applicable.
  • The MISA Panel of Judges will review all received complete submissions.  Participants that do not comply with the entry requirements and guidelines will be notified in advance (Provided there is sufficient time between submission of the nomination form and the deadline), allowing them the chance to rectify any missing components of their submission.
  • All preliminary application information that is submitted is confidential and will only be viewed by MDBC staff responsible for MISA and the selected judging panelists.
  • It is understood that the panel of judges consists of highly regarded and expert individuals who are fully independent. Judges are expected to shortlist three nominees per category but are also allowed to divert from this number.  These shortlisted nominees are required to conduct a presentation on their submission to the Judges, which will also be open for attendance by other MDBC members and external guests.  This presentation is scheduled to take place on the actual day of MISA and will serve as a sharing of all best practices, in line with the objective of these awards and this event.  The nominee’s presentation will also allow the Judges to make their final decision. The announcement on the winning submissions (during the MISA Awards Ceremony & DInner) will be solely based on the judges’ decision.  MDBC will not assist in providing further explanations on the final results in order to maintain its objectivity.  Decisions of judges are final and binding on all matters related to this contest.
  • For the MISA Awards Ceremony & Dinner (where winners will be announced), shortlisted participants are committed to purchasing a minimum of two (2) seats for the event.  Additional representatives are more than welcome, e.g. by means of the purchase of a table.
Video Submission Guidelines

All submissions must:

  • Be original. Copyright infringement of any other companies’ / organization’s video is grounds for immediate disqualification;
  • Be in English,
  • Be in accordance to the category that you would like to participate in. It is not compulsory to have a person in front of the camera; It can be filmed as “first – person point of view”;
  • Be at least one (1) minute long and not exceed two (2) minutes;
  • Be of good quality as your video might be displayed during the event for others to view;
  • Be in MP4 format;
  • Be in landscape format (Aspect ratio resolution of 16:9);
  • Ensure that the audio is clear;
  • Be submitted to MDBC via WeTransfer (wetransfer.com) to .

MISA Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the Judges to evaluate your submission.
Please Note: Submissions in different categories may refer to either the organization (company, institution, etc.) or to a project. Projects may be products, services, programs, and / or initiatives.

  • The following criteria is provided to help steer your organization towards an aligned submission;
  • It is up to each participating organization to decide which aspects to highlight when addressing each of the following assessment criteria.  We expect a wide variety of participating organizations and / or projects so this will allow you the necessary flexibility to present your submission(s) in the most competitive way.

Assessment Criteria

General Assessment Criteria

General Assessment Criteria:

  • Are all three sustainability pillars incorporated (People, Planet, Profit)?
  • Is your organization or project taking into account / showcasing Responsible Business Conduct (RBC)?
  • Is your organization or project part of the circular economy?
  • How will your organization contribute to the economy / community / technology / knowledge of Malaysia?  What kind of knowledge or skill transfer occurs?
  • What, and how, has your organization contributed to the development of the industry?
  • How is your organization’s innovation able to outdo your main competitors (in the same industry) and stay prominent?
  • How has your organization ensured that it will implement ways to evaluate and make efficient (and long – term) use of your resources?
  • How has your organization adopted the sustainable development concept into your organization’s business strategies and activities (for example, in your supply chain)?
  • What alternative should your organization include in terms of sustainability in work / life balance and benefits to your employee, social, environmental, and economic consequences?
  • How are your organization’s profits put to use to support your clients and stakeholders?
  • Uniqueness and originality of the project: To what extent does it create new market space, products, services, or process?
  • How does the project address current Malaysian (Innovation and Sustainability) issues?
  • How will the project contribute to the economy / community / technology / knowledge of Malaysia?  What kind of knowledge or skill transfer will occur?
  • What is the potential?  To what extent is it scalable?
  • What stage of development is the project in? Is the project a business idea, thoroughly canvassed and tested, generating a consistent source of income, or is it growing rapidly?
  • Does the project also affect the economic performance of the organization?
  • What has the project contributed to the development of the industry? How and to what extent is the project shared to encourage discussion and finding new ideas?
Category Specific Assessment Criteria
  • If applicable, additional category specific assessment criteria will be announced here.