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Leading brands in HR excellence kick on with distinction


Nothing succeeds like success. And so it has been for a number of organisations that were feted at the 2018 HR Distinction Awards.

DHL Express Hong Kong, Singapore-founded bank DBS, venerable Hong Kong condiments company Lee Kum Kee, and MGM China are, but a few of the big players who have taken their game to another level after being recognised for their outstanding achievements in a particular aspect of HR.

Lee Kum Kee is a case point. The iconic family-founded business has just celebrated 130 years in the sauce business and is up to its fourth generation of leaders, with siblings now running the company and its global strategy.

This was recognised at the 2018 HR Distinction Awards when Lee Kum Kee took out the top prize for excellence in global and local HR strategies.

The company’s success began in 1888 when Lee Kum Sheung, the founder of Lee Kum Kee, is said to have made the first oyster sauce by accident when he was a chef at a teahouse in China’s Guangdong province. The company continues to achieve with a global expansion of its condiments and its workforce, while ensuring its brand in Hong Kong remains strong.

DBS was acknowledged on multiple fronts, taking out a trio of awards for talent management, employee development and leadership development at last year’s HRDA awards.

In 2019, the bank took its talent management to another level when it relocated its entire office to a seven-storey, state-of-the-art premises in Kwun Tong – creating a collaborative workspace and social hub for its Hong Kong staff of 1,600.

DHL is another organisation that’s going places. The California-founded company has upped the ante in Hong Kong in recent years committing to a HK$2.9 billion investment to expand its capacity in the city by 50% – with a significant boost to its local headcount.

The express mover was honoured at last year’s awards with the top gong for excellence in employee engagement. It will be interesting to see what this year’s HRDA award winners go on to achieve.

Seats are still available for the 2019 HR Distinction Awards. To reserve your place, click here.

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