On November 4, the Sawyer Business School’s Center for Innovation and Change Leadership presented its annual Global Leadership in Innovation and Collaboration (GLIC) award to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Led by web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C is a global community made up of nearly 400 member organizations. Together, they develop global standards that support the evolution of the web.

COO Ralph Swick accepted the award on behalf of W3C, and Thomas Erickson, CEO of the open source software company Acquia, moderate the discussion.

According to Erickson, W3C fuels innovation and has a tremendous impact on e-commerce, collaboration, and information sharing around the world. “Without global web standards, a lot of life today wouldn’t be possible,” he said.

With offices in the United States, France, China, and Japan, W3C develops open, consensus-based web standards, Swick explained. It’s critical that the standards are royalty-free in order level the playing field so anyone can innovate, he said.

Swick has been an integral part of the organization since 1997, when he joined to help with the Privacy and Demographics Project. In 2007 Ralph became the leader of the Technology and Society Domain, and in 2009, he was appointed acting chief operating officer. In 2010, he became the official COO.

Arnold Kamis, interim co-director of the Center, also interviewed Swick at the Suffolk University television studio about the importance of innovation in business.

The award is just one of several CICL initiatives to integrate best practices of innovation and collaboration within the research, teaching, and service missions of CICL and Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.