Alcoa Howmet scoops top prize as winners of the 2013 CIPD People Management Awards are announced


The winners of the 2013 CIPD People Management Awards (PMAs) were announced last night at a star-studded black-tie event hosted by Gyles Brandreth at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Delivered in partnership with People Management magazine, the Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in people management and development and the impact good practice in this field has on business success. The Awards are divided into seventeen categories and are open to all types of organisations, regardless of size or sector.

This year’s overall winner, Alcoa Howmet, the aircraft and gas turbine components manufacturer, was recognised for its excellent pragmatic, thoughtful and holistic approach to affecting a major cultural and behavioural change in driving their business forward. The judging panel particularly praised HR’s role in researching and presenting the business case for engagement work – which in year one increased engagement from 23% to 49%. Absence levels at the company are now less than 3%, while staff turnover is down from 22% to 5.6%. In addition, there has been a more than 50% improvement in the injury rate over the past two years and a 50% increase in sales revenue.

This year’s judging panel consisted of industry experts and senior professionals from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. They determined the winners in July by meeting with all the shortlisted finalists and looking at evidence focusing on how particular business issues were tackled through people management initiatives and how business performance was thus enhanced.

Commenting on the Awards, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, said: “Many congratulations to all the winners at this year’s People Management Awards and a big thank you to our judging panel and sponsors for supporting the Awards this year. Yet again we’ve seen some fantastic examples of best practice across the full spectrum of what we do in HR, from developing employees to changing organisations and corporate culture. The winners are from a wide range of businesses and sectors, and demonstrate what we should all be proud of in our profession in helping to build the workforces and organisations fit for the future.”