Credit: Farvest

On Thursday 26 November 2020, and for the first time in the eighteen-year history of HR One, the Luxembourg HR Awards ceremony took place remotely due to the current health situation.

Participants connected on a platform to discover which candidates were rewarded with the prestigious prizes, which recognise the best local practices and most innovative projects led in Luxembourg over the last twelve months.
Kamel Amroune, CEO of Farvest Group (organiser of HR One), officially opened this remote ceremony. He stated: “HR teams have championed the efforts to adapt and answer employees’ needs. In addition to the awards that HR leaders use to recognise, Farvest added a special prize this year, entitled 'extraordinary HR support'. It highlights several initiatives implemented during the COVID-19 crisis”. Mr Amroune also thanked all the candidates, jury members and sponsors who contributed to the success of this new edition.

2020 Winners


- ING won the CSR Initiative Award, which was supported by INDR. The jury members underlined ING’s successful strategy to adapt to new CSR (corporate social responsibility) requirements following the COVID-19 situation. The company managed to engage its employees thanks to a variety of local actions, highlighting its cultural diversity. This resulted in an active participation from a large number of employees suggesting creative contributions.

Société Générale won the Talent & Competence Award, supported by AXA Luxembourg, for its impactful demonstration on how to use technology for human growth and, in particular, the use of artificial intelligence to boost internal mobility.

- Pictet Technologies received the People Experience Award, sponsored by Deloitte Luxembourg. The jury members acknowledged Pictet Technologies’ project, which involved all employees and had real effects on the turnover and attractiveness of the company. It offered very concrete benefits to the employees in terms of tools and performance measurement.

- Ile aux Clowns won the Onboarding Excellence Award, supported by Sopra HR. The jury’s choice was motivated by a unique approach: the selection of four candidates out of 80 applicants, who were the perfect match in regards to skills and personalities required to adapt in a challenging environment. New employees are not selected by the management board but by experts and they are followed until reaching the degree of autonomy expected. This method is characterised by a strong collaboration, team spirit and the sharing of experience.

- Luxembourg's railways, CFL, won several prizes: the HR Digital Transformation Award, sponsored by PwC Luxembourg, for its approach to answer digitally to the needs of its collaborators and their families in the context of COVID-19; the Employer Brand prize, which was sponsored by skeeled and recognised CFL’s efforts over the past year to change its employer branding; and the Extraordinary HR Support Award. Regarding the latter, the organisers, CFL stood out for the real engagement of its HR teams, the follow up of multi-disciplinary actions and the unique actions led at a national scale to import masks not only to its employees but for the whole country.

- Romain Gossent from East-West United Bank was named HR Manager of the Year, a prize supported by RH Expert. The winner highlighted: “What I like most about my role is that HR has an impact on people, on the company as well as on the business. It is not a support function anymore: we are the key partners of the decision makers of the company. Together, we are able to progress and eventually help the companies grow”.