PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards

WELCOME to the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards, 2021

PeopleFirst is delighted to announce that nominations to the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards 2021 are now open. We eagerly await to celebrate the best-in-class standards in HR strategies and initiatives.

The PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards are the most coveted, sought after and the longest running awards in the field of HR. They recognise the professionals and companies who are stretching the boundaries of people strategy. HR teams most often spend all their time and energy on the development of the rest of the organization, without finding the platform to think of themselves. The PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards are about celebrating the finest initiatives in HR by organizations across geographies and provide opportunity for the experts in the profession to recognize the world class work done by their colleagues.

The submissions are evaluated by an eminent jury panel consisting of Industry experts, HR Leaders and Academicians at two levels, to decide the final winners and runners-up in each category for both Indian and International companies.

The dates for the 2021 edition will be announced shortly.

Award Categories

'Leading Practices' Award

Talent Acquisition Icon

Talent Acquisition

Talent Management Icon

Talent Management

Technology Deployment in HR Icon

Technology Deployment in HR

HR Business Partnership Icon

HR Business Partnership

Benefits Administration Icon

Benefits Administration

Corporate Social Responsibility Icon

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Diveristy and inculsion Icon

Diversity & Inclusion initiatives

Employee Engagement Icon

Employee Engagement

HR Transformation Icon

HR Transformation

Learning and Development Icon

Learning & Development

Internal Communications Icon

Internal Communications

Health and Well-being Icon

Health and Well-being

Risk Management Icon

HR Risk Management

'Individual ' Award

HR Future Leader Icon

HR 'Future Leader'

CHRO of the year Icon

CHRO of the year

People’s CEO of the year Icon

People’s CEO of the year

Business Icon Award Icon

Business Icon Award

Most influential Global Chro

Most influential
Global CHRO’s

Business Icon Award

minds in HR

Speakers 2020

HR Excellence Awards Team

About PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards, 2021

We understand that it is important to have a platform that recognizes the immensely talented pool of HR professionals who enable organizational success. The HR Excellence Awards sponsored by PeopleFirst is one such platform that recognizes HR talent and effort, worldwide.

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About PeopleFirst

It is one of the oldest and most respected firms in the area of Executive Coaching, OD initiatives, Leadership Development and HR Transformation Consulting.

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Why should you Nominate?

Signature display

Demonstrates your company’s special status to your customers, stakeholders and employees.

Finest Initiatives

Celebrate the finest initiatives of HR in your company

Definitive Work

Showcase the definitive work your HR team has done

Credit Deserving Team

Opportunity to credit deserving team members, and bring glory to the organization

Motivate Teams

Acknowledge the achievements to motivate the teams

HR icon Spirit of Excellence

A recognition of the “Spirit of Excellence” in HR practices and a mark of a “best-in-class” organization.

Event Gallery 2020

Celebrations galore at the event, recognizing the immensely talented pool of HR professionals who enabled organizational success in their respective companies.
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Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion - Bridging the Employability Gap

ndrani Chatterjee, Subir Varma, Sriram Raghunandan, Subu Subramanian (Moderator)


‘Leading practices’ in Learning & Development
Tech Mahindra Ltd.

Tech Mahindra Ltd.

‘Leading practices’ in Internal Communications
Hindalco Industries Limited Mahan Unit

Hindalco Industries Limited Mahan Unit

‘Leading practices’ in Health and Well-being
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.

‘Leading practices’ in Employee Engagement
Shweta Jha - Narayan Bhargava Group

Shweta Jha, Narayan Bhargava Group

CHRO of the year
Prof. Dave Ulrich

Prof. Dave Ulrich, University of Michigan

Most Influential Global HR Leader
Panel Discussion- Skills of the Future

Panel Discussion - Skills of the Future

Colin Mendes, Pooja Bansal, Deepak Mishra, Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi, Umesh Rateja (Moderator)
Anu Binny

Closing & Vote of Thanks

Jagmohan Bhanver, CEO at Talgro

Sponsors and Strategic Partners

Testimonials 2020

This event helps the community to come together & get the ideas of what is happening outside. I appreciate the efforts of Peoplefirst in organizing the event and recognizing the best practices and the experience was excellent.

Prof. Dave Ulrich, Professor at University of Michigan

Dr. Dave Ulrich

University of Michigan

I am honoured and delighted to receive the Business Icon of the year award from PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards. I firmly believe that the only way to create winning organizations is by putting People First.

Naina Kidwai,  Chairman, Max Financial Services Ltd.

Naina Kidwai

Max Financial Services Ltd.

I am honoured to receive this award coming from the first and foremost platform which values human resources . I thank the PeopleFirst team which has continuously strived to provide this platform that motivates the professionals and recognizes people leading from the front.

Dr. Sushil Kumar Chaturvedi, CEO, Ascend Telecom Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Sushil Kumar Chaturvedi

Ascend Telecom Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.

I want to sincerely thank PeopleFirst and the honorable jury for bestowing me with this award as an award like this is the reflection of the team effort. This motivates us in a big way and we will do a lot more people initiatives to make sure we are operating at a world class level as far as our HR Practices are concerned.

Amit Chincholikar is a Global CHRO at Tata Global Beverages

Gowri Shankar Subramanian

Aspire Systems



Nishiya Ajwani (Manager - HR, Tech Mahindra Ltd) shares her experience at the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards.


Brillian SK (Head HR, Times Professional Learning) talks about his experience as a Jury member.


Amit Chincholikar (Global CHRO, Tata Global Beverages) talks about how this event is unique, as it provides great opportunity and interface for the students community.