27 January, 2020

Drinks industry triumphs at 2018 Australian HR Awards

Drinks industry triumphs at 2018 Australian HR Awards

Drinks companies have taken out two of the top awards at the 2018 Australian HR Awards. 

Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Christian Campanella was named Australian HR Director of the Year, while Brown-Forman's Michelle Phipps took out the Highly Commended HR Director award.

They celebrated their wins at an event attended by more than 850 HR professionals at the Australian HR Awards, held at The Star, Sydney.

Campanella described the double accolade as a "really good signal for the drinks industry". 

He noted that Pernod Ricard Winemakers' focus on adding value to the employee experience made its HR strategy stand out from the crowd.

"For example, I'm a great believer in work-life balance personally and it's something we've placed a massive focus on at Pernod Ricard over the last three years.

"We're driving flexibility really hard - it's not about presenteeism, it's about output."

The approach recently won Pernod Ricard Winemakers Australia a Premier Award for leading the charge with its Better Balance program, which focuses on building an inclusive, equal and diverse workforce.

The Premier Awards are annual awards given by Pernod Ricard across its 18,500 employees for best practice globally in the Group. It was a very proud moment for Australia to be leading the charge in this area.

Phipps (pictured above at the celebration) added: “I’m thrilled to be recognised as Highly Commended at the HRD Awards on behalf of Brown-Forman’s HR team and also on behalf of its ANZ leadership and overall organisation," Phipps said. "In the past few years, much work has been achieved to build capability, hire right and refine our people processes. This is reflected in the company’s results. Most critically, the organisation has made great strides in culture and inclusion to ensure everyone feels valued, contributing and making a difference. Brown-Forman was recognised as LGBTQi organisation of the Year 2018 so this commendation at the HR awards is an extension of that and all of the other work achieved by the team.

"On another note, I’m also pleased that the drinks industry has been well represented at the awards this year with Christian Campanella winning HRD of the Year 2018. congratulations on a well deserved win to Christian and the team at Pernod Ricard!"

HRD News Editor John Hilton added: “HR professionals are absolutely paramount to the overall success of their organisations, and it’s wonderful to see their hard work and innovative ideas rewarded on such a special night.

“This year’s winners and nominees came from a very diverse range of organisations and industries, showing what a positive impact HR can make no matter the size and scope of the workforce.

“Congratulations to all the finalists and winners who are all a reflection of the very high standard of HR and leadership right across Australia. It’s fantastic to see how excited the winners are when they receive this career-defining award.”

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