Our Awards and How to Enter


Global Finance is the publication of record for financial industry awards, rankings and recognition programs. These programs are the trusted standard of excellence for the financial industry and are backed by a 37-year history of editorial accuracy and integrity. Global Finance’s corporate and financial audience relies on them because they are credible, reliable and have stood the test of time.

The honor of being a Global Finance award recipient has a long and lasting impact. Winners gain a strong marketing advantage they use to distinguish themselves globally and to stand out from their competitors.

The reach and impact of Global Finance’s Awards extends far beyond its readership and the banking and financial sector. These awards are amplified locally, regionally and globally through social media efforts, traditional media coverage and the marketing and promotion campaigns of winning organizations. 

Global Finance names the best banks and other financial service providers across multiple, crucial industry sectors and categories. This list includes:

Gordon Platt Foreign Exchange Awards—World’s Best FX Banks

Gordon Platt Foreign Exchange Awards—FX Tech

Trade Finance & Supply Chain Finance Awards

Sustainable Finance Awards

Best Investment Bank Awards

Best Bank Awards (Open for submissions)

Best Islamic Financial Institutions (Open for submissions)

The Innovator Awards (Open for submissions)

Treasury & Cash Management Awards

World’s Best Sub-Custodian Bank Awards

World’s Best Financial Innovation Labs

Digital Bank Awards

Stars of China

Private Bank Awards

SME Bank Awards

In most cases, entries are not required to be chosen as a winner but they do increase the chance of success because entrants are able to present information and perspectives that are not readily available to the editors of Global Finance. Banks and financial services companies are strongly urged to submit entries for the appropriate awards and participate in the review process.

Upcoming Awards

Digital Bank Awards – 2024

Award Date: July 12, 2024

Entry Deadline: May 8, 2024

About This Award For nearly 25 years, Global Finance’s World’s Best Digital Bank Awards have been the definitive authority on the world’s leading digital banking service providers. These awards are the most prestigious honor in the sector, and winners gain a strong advantage and marketing edge over their competition.  The distinction of being among Global Read more…

Sub-custodian Bank Awards – 2024

Award Date: July 12, 2024

Entry Deadline: May 6, 2024

About This Award Global Finance selects the Best Sub-custodian Banks by Region in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and Western Europe, as well as in more than 80 countries, territories and districts. Global Finance’s awards and recognition programs are the trusted standard of excellence for the financial industry. They Read more…

World’s Best Innovation Labs – 2024

Award Date: July 12, 2024

Entry Deadline: May 6, 2024

About this Award Global Finance’s World’s Best Innovation Labs Awards honors Innovation Labs run by banks, governments, venture capitalists, universities and NGOs, and the fast-growing area of internal innovation labs. Financial Innovation Labs are at the forefront of the digital revolution in banking  and the organizations that are chosen as Global Finance’s World’s Best FInnovation Read more…

Stars Of China – 2024

Award Date: September 13, 2024

Entry Deadline: July 12, 2024

About This Award Global Finance’s Stars of China Awards are the preeminent evaluation of financial institutions and other organizations in China by international media, and they recognize institutions that excel in serving the mainland in harmony with China’s national goals and objectives. The Stars of China Awards support the importance of recognizing institutions that excel in Read more…

SME Finance Awards – 2026

Award Date: October 16, 2026

Entry Deadline: August 14, 2024

About This Award Small and medium enterprises are the lifeblood of economies everywhere, and encompass a wide array of businesses, each with needs specific to their industry, sector and geography.  Global Finance’s SME Finance Awards honor the financial institutions that best support these diverse and crucial businesses and help them navigate a challenging landscape. The Read more…