HSBC received a gold award and was adjudged one of the best employers at the recently concluded HRM awards super ten. Designed to showcase excellence in human resources practice, the awards were aimed not only to reward outstanding achievement, but also to stimulate higher aspirations across the industry.
HSBC s participation in the HRM awards 2007 was a result of the bank s quest to support the country s employment need and attract more Sri Lankan citizens into the banking industry in general. Furthermore, this initiative helped organisations move in the right direction and create real competitive advantages through their people proactive systems.
This year s entries have once again been of a very high standard and included some excellent examples of innovations and best practices.
Ravi Jayasekera, Head of Human Resources, HSBC Sri Lanka stated `This prestigious award is a confirmation of the success of the bank s strategy, for it reveals the outcome of our significant efforts directed towards investing in human capital and enhancing their role in the banking industry`.
The awards ceremony was jointly organised by The Association of Human Resources Professionals and Hewitt Associates to benchmark best HR systems and processes in Sri Lanka. The awards conducted to international standards were based on the theme of `celebrating the people factor in business growth`, and was open to all employers in the country. An eminent panel of independent judges together with a panel of Hewitt s associates was responsible in making this awards ceremony a success.
This year s nominations included forty seven reputed companies and twenty companies were subsequently chosen for the second round. Hewitt s associates then interviewed all heads of companies, all business leaders, heads of HR and the HR teams respectively to understand and determine how HR supports and partners the business to achieve business objectives. These findings were later passed through to an eminent panel of judges for their final review subjecting to a blind report process where company identifications were not revealed to ensure unbiased and fair decision making. The panel consisted of Prof. Guanapala Nanayakkara, Managing Director PIM International Centre-Emirates, Dr. Santrupt B. Misra, Director Aditya Birla Group, Dr. Norman Maharaja, Commissioner Public Services Commission, South Africa, John Lavelle, former HR Senior Advisor HR-World Bank, Aruna Fernando President CIMA Sri Lanka and Ravi Peiris Director General - Employers Federation of Ceylon.
Ceylon Tobacco Company, Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd., DFCC, Hatton National Bank, Keells Hotel Management Services, MAS Intimates Pvt. Ltd., Sampath Bank Ltd., Sri Lankan Airlines Ltd, and Virtusa (Pvt) Ltd., were amongst the Super Ten Companies to receive this prestigious Gold award this year.