The new guidelines are the result of a collaboration between Cannes Lions and the Unstereotype Alliance

Cannes Lions Updated Judging Criteria Developed in Collaboration With Unstereotype Alliance

09 de abril de 2019


Cannes Lions, part of Ascential plc, continues its mission to celebrate creativity that changes the world for the better with the introduction of updated jury guidelines for the judging process. The new criteria urge the jury members reviewing entries submitted into the Awards, to consider whether the work perpetuates negative stereotypes and inequalities.

The revised guidelines build upon the Objectification criteria introduced in 2017, in collaboration with Madonna Badger, which challenged jury members to use empathy when analysing a piece of work and encouraged the jury to reflect upon how they might feel if the person portrayed was someone they know and care about. In 2019 jury members will also be asked to consider whether the work represents deep-rooted stereotypical portrayals of gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or other biases.

Chairman of Cannes Lions, Philip Thomas said, “The Lions our Juries award each year act as a benchmark for the global creative community, and it is more important than ever for our industry to showcase and champion inclusive, empowering, forward-thinking ideas. As consumers demand more of brands and businesses, these guidelines will, we hope, help to ensure that the work honoured at Cannes Lions is admired not only for its creative brilliance, but for its reflection of the world as a place of equality and tolerance.”

The new guidelines are the result of a collaboration between Cannes Lions and the Unstereotype Alliance, the industry-led initiative convened by UN Women. The initiative brings together leaders from across the business, technology and creative industries to address the portrayal and endurance of harmful stereotypes in advertising and content.

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