About Business Excellence Awards

6th Annual 2021 Business Excellence Awards

About

Call for Entries! Business Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of employers, employees, and best business practices all over the world.

What are the Business Excellence Awards?

The coveted annual Business Excellence Awards is world’s premier awards program honoring best employers, employees, and HR achievements. The awards recognize the world’s best employers, employees and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products, services, trainings, and consultants who help to create and drive best places to work.

This annual awards program celebrates the individuals and teams who set industry benchmarks for excellence. 

All organizations private or public, corporations, nonprofits, associations, vendors and government organizations worldwide are eligible to enter.

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All entry submissions must be made online only. Supporting material is optional but recommended and can be submitted as website links or as attachments.

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Important: If you do not have a login account then the first step would be to “Create a New Account” using the above link. If you have a login account but have lost the password then use the above link to request a new password.

Awards Timeline

There are 3 deadlines and the fees increase after each deadline. 

  • June 4, 2021 | Early-Bird entry deadline
  • July 16, 2021 | Regular entry deadline
  • August 13, 2021 | Late entry deadline
 Early-Bird entry deadlineRegular entry deadlineLate entry deadline
Original Fees Discounted by20%10%-
Fees for Categories Groups: I, and KFREEFREEFREE
Fees for Categories Groups: C, and J$304$342$380
Fees for Categories Groups: A, B, D, E, F, G, and H$464$522$580

Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs

Are organizations/companies from any where in the world eligible to participate? 
Yes, companies from any where in the world can participate. Organizations/ companies do not need to have any office in San Francisco or USA to participate. 

Our company won in the past. Are we eligible to participate again this year? 
Yes, companies that won in the past are eligible to apply again this year. Most companies do participate again each year. 

Can we apply in the same category as previous year? 
Yes, applying in the same category is recommended. New entrants and a wider spectrum of judges determine the winners each year. So winners may be same or change in each category depending upon the scores. You may also submit nominations in more categories this time. 

Is there a fee to apply? Do all the categories have an entry fee? 
Your fees, sponsorships, and volunteering help fund the programs. This is a premier “Business Awards” program and involves specialized resources from all over the world. Most categories do have fees which increase with each deadline. There are some categories that have no fees. The earlier you submit your nominations, the more you can save on fees. 

Do we have to attend the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony to win? 
Attendance is not a must to win. Attendance is however highly recommended for the benefit of finalists who have worked particularly hard to gain recognition and the prestigious award that they will be honored with during the ceremony. At the awards ceremony our team of photo and video professionals will work with the attendees to create content that can be promoted for several months after this event. This content will be made available complimentary to all the attendees after the event.

Can we submit nominations and volunteer as a judge too? 
Yes. However as a judge you will not be able to score your own nominations. 

How can we order additional copies of trophies, medallions, and plaques?
Any number of additional custom engraved trophies, medallions, or plaques can be ordered online for current or any of the previous years in which your organization won.


Category Groups

A. Employer Excellence of the Year Awards Categories Group

Why enter? This section recognizes employers for how they keep their employees happy. 

Eligibility Period: For this category group the eligibility period is not there. That means if you have an older achievement which is still valid today and keeps your employees happy then it can be nominated. 

Winning Tip: A company-organization can be nominated for several achievements (past and new ones) that are currently still valid today. Examples of achievements include: Benefits, Career development & training, Corporate culture, Child care, Diversity, Flexible hours & Telecommuting, Gender equality, Growth opportunities, Low employee turnover, Management diversity, Mentoring program, New employee referral incentives, New responsibilities and opportunities, Open Communications between employees and management, Retirement and 401K contribution, and Volunteerism.

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

A001 Best Company Mission Statement
A002 Employer Excellence for Best in Industry Practice
A003 Employer Excellence for Career Growth, Development & Training
A004 Employer Excellence for Child Care and other Facilities
A005 Employer Excellence for Communication with Upper Management
A006 Employer Excellence for Corporate Culture
A007 Employer Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility Programs
A008 Employer Excellence for Creative People
A009 Employer Excellence for Diversity
A010 Employer Excellence for Employee Benefits and Perks
A011 Employer Excellence for Employee Involvement and Empowerment
A012 Employer Excellence for Employee Recognitions
A013 Employer Excellence for Equality (Age, Race Hiring & Promotion)
A014 Employer Excellence for Gender Equality
A015 Employer Excellence for Growth Opportunities
A016 Employer Excellence for Higher Education & Studies Opportunities
A017 Employer Excellence for Incentives and Perks
A018 Employer Excellence for Job Changes and Additional Role Opportunities
A019 Employer Excellence for Leadership Commitment
A020 Employer Excellence for Learning from Mentors
A021 Employer Excellence for Medical and Health Benefits
A022 Employer Excellence for Overall Benefits
A023 Employer Excellence for Relocation, Work Remotely and Work from Home Opportunities
A024 Employer Excellence for Retirement Benefits & 401K
A025 Employer Excellence for Social and Volunteering Opportunities
A026 Employer Excellence for Travel Benefits & Opportunities
A027 Employer Excellence for Work-Life Balance
A028 Employer Excellence for Unique Benefits
A029 Employer Excellence of the Year | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
A030 Employer Excellence of the Year | Aerospace & Defense
A031 Employer Excellence of the Year | Artificial Intelligence
A032 Employer Excellence of the Year | Automotive, Transportation, Storage, and Logistics
A033 Employer Excellence of the Year | Banking
A034 Employer Excellence of the Year | Business Products
A035 Employer Excellence of the Year | Business Services
A036 Employer Excellence of the Year | Chemicals
A037 Employer Excellence of the Year | Cloud Computing/SaaS/Internet
A038 Employer Excellence of the Year | Conglomerates
A039 Employer Excellence of the Year | Consulting
A040 Employer Excellence of the Year | Consumer Products – Durables
A041 Employer Excellence of the Year | Consumer Products – Non-Durables
A042 Employer Excellence of the Year | Consumer Services
A043 Employer Excellence of the Year | Diversified Services
A044 Employer Excellence of the Year | Education and Training
A045 Employer Excellence of the Year | Electronics
A046 Employer Excellence of the Year | Energy & Utilities
A047 Employer Excellence of the Year | Engineering and Technology
A048 Employer Excellence of the Year | Environmental Products and Services
A049 Employer Excellence of the Year | Export & Import
A050 Employer Excellence of the Year | Fashion, Beauty, Apparel & Accessories
A051 Employer Excellence of the Year | Financial
A052 Employer Excellence of the Year | Food & Beverage
A053 Employer Excellence of the Year | Healthcare Products & Services
A054 Employer Excellence of the Year | Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure
A055 Employer Excellence of the Year | Industrial Goods
A056 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Cloud/SaaS
A057 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Hardware
A058 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Hybrid
A059 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Services
A060 Employer Excellence of the Year | Information Technology Software
A061 Employer Excellence of the Year | Insurance
A062 Employer Excellence of the Year | Legal
A063 Employer Excellence of the Year | Manufacturing
A064 Employer Excellence of the Year | Media & Entertainment
A065 Employer Excellence of the Year | Metals, Mining, and Material
A066 Employer Excellence of the Year | Non-Profit or Government Organizations
A067 Employer Excellence of the Year | Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
A068 Employer Excellence of the Year | Real Estate and Construction
A069 Employer Excellence of the Year | Retail
A070 Employer Excellence of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS
A071 Employer Excellence of the Year | Security Hardware
A072 Employer Excellence of the Year | Security Services
A073 Employer Excellence of the Year | Security Software
A074 Employer Excellence of the Year | Telecommunications
A075 Employer Excellence of the Year | Wholesale & Distribution
A076 Employer Excellence of the Year | Others
A077 Employer Excellence of the Year | Africa
A078 Employer Excellence of the Year | Asia-Pacific
A079 Employer Excellence of the Year | Canada
A080 Employer Excellence of the Year | China
A081 Employer Excellence of the Year | Europe
A082 Employer Excellence of the Year | Germany
A083 Employer Excellence of the Year | India
A084 Employer Excellence of the Year | Latin America
A085 Employer Excellence of the Year | Middle-East
A086 Employer Excellence of the Year | USA

B. Diversity Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

B001 Advancing Diversity Within Community
B002 Advancing Global Diversity
B003 Corporate Diversity Achievement of the Year
B004 Diversity Hiring Team of the Year
B005 Diversity in Technology Companies
B006 Diversity Leadership of the Year
B007 Diversity of Perspectives
B008 Diversity Team of the Year
B009 Employee Diversity Achievement of the Year
B010 Management Diversity of the Year

C. Employer Individual Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

C001 CEO of the Year (People-Focused)
C002 Chief Happiness Officer of the Year
C003 Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year
C004 Chief Learning Officer of the Year
C005 Compliance & Safety Professional of the Year
C006 Employee Education Consultant of the Year
C007 Employee Relations Professional of the Year
C008 Executive Recruiter of the Year
C009 HR Consultant of the Year
C010 HR Entrepreneur of the Year
C011 Human Resources Executive of the Year
C012 Human Resources IT Professional of the Year
C013 Human Resources Professional of the Year
C014 Internal Communications Professional of the Year
C015 International Human Resources Professional of the Year
C016 Onboarding Professional of the Year
C017 Payroll-Benefits Professional of the Year
C018 Recruiting or Talent Acquisition Professional of the Year
C019 Technical Recruiting Professional of the Year
C020 Training & Development Professional of the Year

D. Employer Team Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

D001 Employee Benefits or Payroll Administration Team of the Year  
D002 Employee Experience and Culture Team of the Year  
D003 Employee Happiness & Engagement Team of the Year 
D004 Employee Performance Review Team of the Year  
D005 Employee Records Management Team of the Year
D006 Employee Relations Team of the Year  
D007 Employee Retention Team of the Year
D008 Globalization and Diverse Workforces Team of the Year  
D009 HR IT, Tools and Services Team of the Year
D010 Internal Employee Communications Team of the Year 
D011 Learning-Training Team of the Year  
D012 Onboarding Team of the Year 
D013 Recruiting or Talent Acquisition Team of the Year  
D014 Rewards and Recognitions Team of the Year
D015 Safety and Compliance Training Team of the Year
D016 Talent Management Team of the Year  
D017 Team of the Year – Others

E. Employer Achievement Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

E001 Achievement in Closing the Leadership Gap
E002 Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women
E003 Achievement in Equal Pay
E004 Achievement in Hiring Women
E005 Achievement in Mentorship and Sponsorship of Women
E006 Achievement in Promoting Work-Life Balance
E007 Achievement in Respectful Culture
E008 Achievement in Women Retention
E009 Achievement – Others

F. New Product, Service or Innovation Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Product-Service-Solution
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

F001 360 Degree Feedback Solution 
F002 Applicant Assessment or Tracking Solution 
F003 Attendance Tracking Solution 
F004 Benefits Management Solution 
F005 Compensation Management Solution 
F006 Course Authoring Solution 
F007 Employee Engagement Solution 
F008 Employee Health Benefits Solution
F009 Employee Recognition Solution 
F010 Employee Scheduling Solution 
F011 HR Reporting Solution 
F012 Human Capital Management Solution 
F013 Human Resource Information System 
F014 Human Resource Management System 
F015 Job Board Solution 
F016 Learning Management Solution 
F017 Onboarding Solution 
F018 Payroll Management Solution 
F019 Performance Appraisal Solution 
F020 Performance Management Solution
F021 Products, Services, and Solutions for Asia-Pacific
F022 Products, Services, and Solutions for Canada 
F023 Products, Services, and Solutions for EMEA 
F024 Products, Services, and Solutions for Latin-America 
F025 Products, Services, and Solutions for USA
F026 Self-Service HR Solution 
F027 Talent Management Solution 
F028 Time and Expense Solution 
F029 Workforce Management Solution

G. Solution and Training Program Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • Product-Service-Solution
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

G001 Brand Training 
G002 Compliance Training 
G003 Consumer Education Training 
G004 CyberSecurity Training 
G005 Diversity or Sensitivity Training 
G006 Information Technology (IT) Training 
G007 Interpersonal Skills Training Leadership Training 
G008 Literacy Training Managerial Training 
G009 New Hire Training 
G010 Problem-Solving Training 
G011 Product & Service Training 
G012 Professional or Legal Training 
G013 Quality Training Safety Training 
G014 Sales Training  
G015 Systems Training Technical Training
G016 Training Program of the Year | Africa
G017 Training Program of the Year | Asia-Pacific
G018 Training Program of the Year | Canada
G019 Training Program of the Year | China
G020 Training Program of the Year | Europe
G021 Training Program of the Year | Germany
G022 Training Program of the Year | India
G023 Training Program of the Year | Latin America
G024 Training Program of the Year | Middle-East  
G025 Training Program of the Year | USA

H. Corporate Milestone Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Milestone (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

H001 Milestone of the Year | Anniversary
H002 Milestone of the Year | Customer Growth
H003 Milestone of the Year | Jobs Growth
H004 Milestone of the Year | Partners and Distribution Growth
H005 Milestone of the Year | Products and Services Growth
H006 Milestone of the Year | Profits Growth
H007 Milestone of the Year | Revenue per Employee Growth
H008 Milestone of the Year | Sales Revenue Growth

I. Best New Business (Founded between 2016 to 2021)

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category group:

  • Select a category
  • Entry Title (this could be same as one most important achievement that is being nominated)
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Who is being recognized for this nomination? Choose here one of these: “An individual” or A group of people” and list all the names. If no person/people being recognized then select “No one in particular”
  • Nominated Company-Organization
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this company-organization is based
  • You may submit either “an essay of 650 words” or “a video of 5 minutes” that explains the nominated achievements. It’s not necessary to submit both options. The video and submitted content must be in English only. 
  • Summarize in not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition.
  • Nominated Company-Organization’s Website URL
  • Optional but highly recommended. Maximum of 10 website URLs and 10 attachments can be added as supporting content and material.

Choose from these categories:

I-001 Startup of the Year | Artificial Intelligence
I-002 Startup of the Year | Business Products
I-003 Startup of the Year | Business Services
I-004 Startup of the Year | Consumer Products
I-005 Startup of the Year | Consumer Services
I-006 Startup of the Year | IT Cloud/SaaS 
I-007 Startup of the Year | IT Hardware 
I-008 Startup of the Year | IT Hybrid 
I-009 Startup of the Year | IT Services 
I-010 Startup of the Year | IT Software 
I-011 Startup of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS 
I-012 Startup of the Year | Security Hardware 
I-013 Startup of the Year | Security Hybrid 
I-014 Startup of the Year | Security Services 
I-015 Startup of the Year | Security Software 
I-016 Startup of the Year | Telecommunications  
I-017 Startup of the Year | Others

J. Outstanding Employee, Customer, or Contractor Awards Categories Group

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

I001 Outstanding Employee of the Year
I002 Outstanding Client-Customer of the Year
I003 Outstanding Contractor of the Year
I004 Outstanding Temporary Staff of the Year

K. COVID-19 Business Response Awards Categories Group (NO FEE)

Information to be submitted online for entries in this category:

  • Select a category
  • One Most Important Achievement (in 10 words or less)
  • Company-Organization (being nominated)
  • City, State/Province, and Country where this Company is based
  • A 650 words essay
  • Summarize in a not more than 3 bulleted points why this nomination deserves recognition. 
  • Optionally you may include up to 10 website URLs and/or 10 supporting file attachments. 

In the current times how employers treat their employees will be remembered for years to come. How businesses respond will have a lasting impact on employee behavior including health, engagement, productivity and loyalty. Health and well-being, financial stability, and job security are top concerns for employees right now and employers can help address those fears in meaningful ways.

Individual and Group Nominations

J-001 Executive Hero of the Year | Effective Leadership During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of executives who have shown extraordinary leadership during COVID-19.

J-002 HR Team of the Year| Effective During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of human resources teams during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their organization’s employees working, paid, safe, and informed.

J-003 HR Professional of the Year| Effective During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of individual human resources professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their organization’s employees working, paid, safe, and informed.

Company-Organization Nominations

J-004 Employer of the Year | Stepping Up to Help Employees During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of employers during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their employees safe, healthy, paid, productive, and well informed and planning to transition to the new normal.

J-005 Company Response of the Year | Creative Ways Companies are Giving Back During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing their endeavorresilience and creativity to weather the economic drought and keeping their employees working, paid, and safe at all times. 

J-006 Company Rethinking of the Year | Creative Ways Companies are Rethinking Business Model During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing their resilience and creativity to weather the economic drought and how to best adapt to the post shelter-in-place “new normal”.

J-007 Company Innovation of the Year | Tackling COVID-19 with Innovative Ways
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are being innovative in tackling COVID-19.

J-008 Company Work-From-Home Implementation of the Year | Creative Ways Companies Are Implementing Work from Home Strategy During COVID-19
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing creative ways in implementing work from home strategy during COVID-19.

J-009 Company Business Reopening of the Year | Best Ways Companies Are reopening or reorganizing their business
This category will accept nominations of organizations that are showing creative ways in implementing work from home strategy during COVID-19.

J-010 Most Innovative Use of HR Technology During the Pandemic
This category will recognize innovative new uses of existing HR-related technology, programs, and media during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep employees productive, trained, informed, or safe.

J-011 Most Innovative Workplace Redesign of the Year
This category will recognize innovative redesigns of workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep employees, customers, and others safe and productive.