The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) is the body empowered by law to regulate the practice of Human Resource Management in Nigeria. Through continuous innovation, the Institute strives to positively transform, develop and sustain professional excellence.

In line with this mandate, CIPM instituted the Annual HR Best Practice Awards in 2012:

To inspire the entrenchment of exceptional HR standards and practices in organisations.

  1. To identify and recognise organisations with a consistent track record of exceptional HR standards and practices.

In 2017, CIPM will recognise HR Professionals and Practices in the following categories:

1.     HR Best Practice Award (Public, Private and NFPOs sectors)

a.       Objective (WHY the Award?)

Benchmark best practices in standard HR Practice Areas and, identify the best in class practices for professional reference for the year.

b.      Methodology (HOW will winners be identified?)
i.      Review the documented standards of practice in each practice area for 1-availability and, 2-deployment of policies, processes and tools
ii.      Review customer satisfaction with the HR practices through the HR service satisfaction and employee perception survey conducted across selected HR practice areas for the cross section of the HR Customer Groups.

c.       Award Sectors
i.      Public sector (including development agencies, quasi-public organisations etc.)
ii.      Private sector (including SMEs)
iii.      Not for Profit Organisations (NPFOs/NGOs)

d.      Awards
i.      Trophies for Best Practices Winners in each Sector
ii.      Recognition plaques for 2 runners up in each Sector
iii.      Trophy for the Overall Winner – This is the Organisation with the highest total scores on the standards of practice and customer satisfaction amongst ALL participants.
iv.      Best Practice Medals (lapel medals), certificates and garlands for HR Top Team Members of the winning teams:

1.      Gold for each of the Overall Winner’s HR Team Members,

2.      Silver for each of the Overall First Runners’ Up HR Team Members and

3.      Bronze for each of the Overall Second Runners’ Up HR Team Members

The HR top team members’ names (subject to a limit of 10) will be decorated at the Awards ceremony.

Non members of the Institute will be issued certificates only.


2.     2017 CIPM HR Optimization Award (HROA)

a.       Objective (WHY the Award?)

Identify, recognise and reward HR Initiatives which have impacted business operations and solved key organisational problems, thus reinforcing HR’s value to the business as Strategic Business Partners.

b.      Methodology (HOW will winners be identified?)

The award categories will be based on these 10 HR Practice categories:

1.        Strategic HR/Business Development Category

2.        Talent Acquisition Category

3.        Talent Development Category

4.        Performance Management Category

5.        Reward & Recognition Category

6.        Employee Engagement & Internal Communication Category

7.        Employee & Industrial Relations Category

8.        HR Policies Development & Implementation Category

9.        Employee Services & Administration Category

10.    Organisation Development & Change Management Category

Participants must submit the following EVIDENCES for consideration:
             i.      The Business Challenge 
                   ii.      The HR Initiative introduced to address the challenge
      iii.      The impact of the initiative on the Financial Performance and the employees in the organisation; over the last 12 months

Note: The Initiative must have been implemented within the last 24 months. Periods outside of this will not be considered for the award

c.       Award Areas

There will be a winner in each practice area

d.      Awards

Winners in each practice area will win an HROA Trophy


NOTE: All winners undertake to provide knowledge sharing and process improvement support to other HR professionals as may be required by the Institute.



To ensure fairness, objectivity and credibility in the assessment of prospective Awardees, the following rules will apply:

1)     All sections of the applicable questionnaire MUST be completed properly.

2)     Transparency, Honesty, Integrity and Due Diligence must be applied in completing the questionnaire.

3)     Assessment will be based on a scale and the results will be translated into percentage scores. To be eligible for an Award, an organisation will be required to score a minimum of 75%.

4)     Where applicable, shortlisted companies will be visited to validate responses

5)     For the HR Best Practice Awards, an Organisational Survey will be deployed online to members of the organisation across three levels: (a) Business Impact (CEOs Assessment) (b) Immediate Customers (Line Managers and Supervisors); and (c) General Customers (Other Employees). Participation in the Organisational Survey will commence and conclude simultaneously for all participating organisations.

6)     Evidence of professional certification to practice HR in Nigeria will be validated and scored.

7)     Organisations must take part in all stages of the selected Awards process to be considered eligible for an Award



·         Application forms are available for online completion for all Award types at no cost to the individual or organisation.


·         All shortlisted companies will be invited to the Awards ceremony where the Awards will be conferred on successful Awardees.


·         The Awards Ceremony will attract over Two Thousand seasoned HR Practitioners and Business Leaders, making it the largest HR Awards ceremony in Africa.


·         Each participating organisation may subscribe for placement in the ‘CIPM Excellence in Human Resource Management Directory’ in line with the identified best practices for all Award types.

For support or additional information, please email or call Toyin Ojudun – 08026716544 or Obiageli Aito – 08131952904.

Participation in the 6th CIPM HR Awards is now open for organisations to project their brand and promote best practice in Human Resource Management by participating in this exercise.

To apply for the HR Best Practice Awards, click here.

To apply for the HR Optimization Awards, click here.

All submissions must be received on/before Friday, 30th June, 2017.

 Thank you.

CIPM Portal Login
2017 The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM)