PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards

WELCOME to the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards, 2024

PeopleFirst is delighted to announce that nominations to the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards 2024 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.

DATE: 30th May 2024 (Virtual event)

FORMAT: Virtual

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

Employee Relations

Employee Relations
(Industrial Relations)

Pandemic Response

Pandemic Response

Impactful HR Strategy

Impactful HR Strategy

PeopleFirst Best HR Team

PeopleFirst Best HR Team

Best POSH Strategy Icon

Best POSH Strategy
(Safe Place to Work)

'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

Business Icon Award

minds in HR

Transformational Women Leader Icon

Transformational Women Leader

PeopleFirst Leader

PeopleFirst Leader

Charismatic HR Leader

Charismatic HR Leader

Charismatic Business Leader

Charismatic Business Leader

VUCA Leader

VUCA Leader

Speakers 2022

HR Excellence Awards Team

About PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards, 2024

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 2022

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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Virtual stage

Keynote Address


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Award winners

Award winners

Award winners

Award winners

Associate sponsors & Strategic partners in the past

Testimonials 2022

I am humbled and delighted to receive this coveted recognition of Peoples CEO of the Year from People First HR Excellence Award. At Vedanta we strongly believe that people are our greatest assets and today I would reiterate the same that it is the people, the team that is pivotal in the success of any leader and this award belongs to each and every member of my team who passionately deliver excellence at the workplace and enables the business to achieve greater heights.

Mr. Sujal Shah

Mr. Sujal Shah

Sesa Goa Iron Ore Business (Vedanta)

It is a great honor to be acknowledged by the PFHREA. I am happy to accept this award in Leading Minds in HR. I would like to express my gratitude to my family, all the CHROs and CEOs that I have worked with who have enabled an environment of Inclusion. They have given me the professional freedom. I am really happy that this award recognizes my contribution to the organizations that I have worked with.

Ms. Gunjan Vasudeva

Ms. Gunjan Vasudeva

Senior HR Professional

I would like to thank the PFHREA team and the Jury for the recognition as a PeopleFirst Leader. People are the pillar of strength at Aspire and our initiative speaks volumes about the initiatives we take for the well-being of people and through the pandemic we have managed to sustain the business. I want to thank Aspire family for the commitment they have shown.

Mr. Sunil JNV

Mr. Sunil JNV

Aspire Systems

It is a matter of immense pride and privilege to be awarded the CHRO of the year by People First. This award is a testimony of Vedanta 's people first approach and a tribute to my HR team that has worked hard to intertwine HR Strategy to the Business Strategy. I thank People first once again for conferring this honor on me

Mr. Praveen George

Mr. Praveen George

Iron and Ferro Alloys (Vedanta)



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