Top Performing HR teams acknowledged at the SCMP/HKIHRM People Management Awards 2006

Hong Kong, February 6, 2007 – The South China Morning Post and the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, in association with HKUST, today acknowledged the top performing organizations and their respective HR teams at the inaugural People Management Awards.

The Overall Winner was Luen Thai Holdings Ltd, who also scooped the award in the Large Enterprise Category. Their winning project involved developing from scratch a supply chain city in southern China which required major recruitment and capability building programmes. Runners up in the Large Enterprise Category were Moët Hennessy Asia Pacific and The Hong Kong Society for the Aged.

Winner of the Medium Enterprise Category was The Eaton Hotel for a project which focused on developing an all-round service culture, and saw the hotel’s overall revenue, F&B revenue and market share all increase year on year. The runner up in the Medium Enterprise Category was Pfizer Corporation HK Ltd.

Raymond Tang Yee-Bong, Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission was the guest of honour at the Awards presentation ceremony and presented trophies to the overall winner.

In his keynote speech Mr. Tang said, "In today’s global economy, equal opportunity has become an essential part of business. Getting and keeping the right person for the right job means increasing productivity and competitiveness."

Commenting on the awards, KT Lai, HKIHRM President said that the aim of the competition – to uplift and promote HR professionalism and its importance to any organization – was achieved. "This first competition has reflected that management is now more focused on the HR role, recognizing its importance and is increasingly using it as a strategic tool for business."

The SCMP/HKIHRM People Management Awards were judged in three main stages and participants had to enter one of the following areas: Transformation of the HR function; Business impact through learning and development; Improving business performance through engaging staff. A 14-member awards organizing committee screened initial entries, which were then judged and filtered down to a shortlist of five. A five member judging panel then heard oral presentations from the short listed companies, and made unannounced visits to their premises to cross-check their project status.

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