HRO Today Association Awards

Deadlines are approaching!

The HRO Today Association Awards is an annual recognition program that exemplifies the essential work that HR professionals do every day. The nomination process offers people, teams, partners, and companies the opportunity to share best practices and successes so colleagues, and the industry as a whole, can benefit from their experience. The awards recognize leadership, collaboration, innovation, and hard work, as well as a commitment to people and process improvement. We look forward to receiving your nomination for your own company or team, for yourself or a colleague, or for anyone that you know is doing great work in our industry!

The Association Awards for EMEA and North America will be presented at the  HRO Today Association Conference on November 17. The submission deadline is October 1.

The Association Awards for APAC will be presented at a special virtual ceremony on December 16 at 8PM ET. The deadline for submissions is November 1.

Nominees must be able to attend their respective award ceremony to qualify as a finalist. No exceptions. Finalists receive complimentary registration to the event.


Company/Team Awards Categories – Read full descriptions

  • Best In Class: Candidate Experience/Reputation
  • Business Partnership Excellence
  • Diversity and Inclusion Excellence
  • HR Team of the Year
  • Innovation in HR Technology
  • Recruitment Team of the Year
  • Thought Leadership (HR Excellence) Award

Individual Awards Categories – Read full descriptions

  • Executive HR Champion
  • Leadership Award
  • Thought Leadership (HR Excellence) Award

View 2020 winners!


 Frequently Asked Questions: Please read before you begin!

  • Can I nominate myself? Yes, candidates can nominate themselves and/or others in the company/team categories and individual categories.
  • Do nominees and nominators have to be HRO Today Association members? No, neither the nominee nor the person submitting the nomination have to be Association members.
  • Are there any fees required to submit a nomination? There are no fees to be paid at any point in the awards program.
  • Do nominees have to attend the award ceremony to be eligible to be finalists and to win? Yes, nominees must confirm their ability to attend the award ceremony in the region in which they are nominated to be considered as a finalist. Only those who confirm via email their ability to attend the award ceremony will be announced as finalists (if selected by the judges). For any award listed as a partnership award (e.g., the Business Partnership Excellence Award), both parties are required to be available to accept the award at the event.
  • Do finalists have to pay to attend the event? All finalists receive a complimentary registration to their respective event.
  • How are finalists and winners chosen? All submissions are reviewed by a judging panel to choose finalists and winners.
  • When are winners announced? All winners are kept confidential until announced at award ceremonies.

Have you read all of the information on this page?
Then you are ready to submit your nomination(s)!

Individual Nomination Form | Company Nomination Form

You will be asked to select the region and award category within the form.


If you have questions, please contact Wendy Metzgar, Director of Membership Services.

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