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Today, the brightest HR innovators in their respective fields are honoured in the new-look virtual ceremony of Hong Kong's HR Distinction Awards 2020.

Organised by Human Resources, the HR Distinction Awards recognises and celebrates Hong Kong’s best human resources professionals, teams and HR solution providers. This year, despite the pandemic, Human Resources continues to set the benchmark of excellence in the HR industry.

Into its sixth year, the HR Distinction Awards 2020 boasted 26 award categories, including five new categories: Excellence in Innovative Business Solutions, Excellence in Internship Recruitment/Development, HR Director of the Year, Excellence in Employee Caring and Excellence in Crisis Management.

A total of 87 finalists and 68 winners were chosen by a highly respected panel of business leaders and seasoned HR pros. The judging panel comprised 14 HR and management professionals from top international brands, including Caben Asia Pacific, Chinachem, Edgewell Personal Care, Galaxy Entertainment, Hasbro, HKT, Lawsgroup, Link Asset Management, MGM China, MGF Sourcing Far East, Moody’s, Philip Morris Asia, PizzaExpress (Hong Kong) and Tiffany & Co.

View the full list of winners here.

Sun Life was crowned this year’s overall HR grand winner, winning three golds in Excellence in Employee Engagement, Excellence in HR Strategic Planning and Excellence in Talent Management; Three silvers in Excellence in Employee Wellbeing, Excellence in Employee Work-Life Balance and Excellence in Crisis Management; and one bronze in Excellence in Employee Caring. The cap of a stellar year, the insurance and asset management provider took home the Employer of the Year award.

Another notable winner was AIA Hong Kong and Macau, with three golds in Excellence in Employee Work-Life Balance, Excellence in Graduate Recruitment/Development, Excellence in Leadership Development; two silvers in Excellence in Change Management, Excellence in Employee Development; and three bronzes in Excellence in Employee Wellbeing, Excellence in HR Digitalisation, Excellence in Workplace Culture.

Commenting on this year’s entries, David Hogg, business support director at PizzaExpress (Hong Kong), said: “I was encouraged to see a range of submissions from complex multi-year projects to smaller fit-for-purpose initiatives. Innovation during times like ours is important. For me, the best submissions clearly showed a connection between innovation and meeting business needs.”

Another judge, Wingo Wong, assistant SVP of HR planning at Galaxy Entertainment, echoed this sentiment.

“It’s my pleasure to be the panel judge for the awards. I can see that companies have been focusing on HR digitisation to change the way of working as well as improving the employee experience,” he said.

 Here is a recap in case you missed it: