Finalists had to provide at least two references and all the references were also interviewed. In addition, we also gathered feedback from different panels of industry experts. With all that information, the editors made the final decision on which innovators to honor. (Read all about them here.)
In the course of the interviews and the reference checks, we were also looking for examples how the impact of the winners went beyond a particular project. We sought to identify risk innovators who had an impact beyond their own workplace--who, because of their efforts, benefited employees, their own corporate culture or the community at large with their commitment and innovation.
After interviewing all the innovators and the references, a separate judging panel, along with our editors, reviewed the Risk Innovator winners to identify seven innovators who we are also designating Responsibility Leaders.
The project was sponsored by Liberty Mutual. In no way did our sponsor influence our selection process or our ultimate picks for responsibility leader.
September 15, 2008
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