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Date & Venue

Registration Opens: 20TH September, 2023

Registration Closes: 25TH October, 2023


Enter for the Excellence Award and stand out as a true leader in corporate performance and people management.

Honouring the best employers
Celebrating Success


is an initiative by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) that is geared towards promoting and encouraging best practices in Corporate Performance, People Management and Industrial Relations practices amongst employers in Nigeria. This is in a bid to celebrate outstanding contributions of enterprise to national development. This is an annual award that provides a platform for identifying, ranking and celebrating the resilience, doggedness and outstanding performance of employers in Nigeria.


The Annual Employers’ Excellence Award seeks to celebrate organizations, which see people as their core business and have implemented policies, systems and processes that create and sustain enterprise competitiveness, productivity along with industrial peace and harmony.


  1. Recognize and publicly award Enterprises that have exhibited excellence in Leadership, Governance, Innovation, Corporate Performance and Human Resource Management (HRM) amongst others.
  2. Provide a platform for discussion and agenda setting on the need to embrace best practices in Corporate Performance, People Management and Industrial Relations through a well branded, presented and organized event.
  3. Provide feedback to participating employers on their status regarding attainment of best practices in Corporate Performance, People Management and Industrial Relations.
  4. Reward the resilience and doggedness of corporate enterprises in Nigeria.

Sectoral Awards

Participating Organisations

Participating Organisations

Brand Publicity


Brand Publicity

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Criteria for the Awards

This prestigious initiative by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) aims to promote and inspire best practices in Corporate Performance, People Management, and Industrial Relations among employers in Nigeria. Kindly note the criteria for the awards.

Leadership And Governance.

Excellent organizations institute and adopt programmes and initiatives characterized as transformative, innovative and systematic. The achievement of these depend on effective leadership and governance processes, practices and systems. Adherence to Regulatory requirements, codes of corporate governance amongst others have proved to be pre-requisites for organizational sustainability. Effective leadership and governance creates a conducive environment for mainstreaming various human resources practices and also ensures there are sufficient support and checks and balances systems to ensure their success.

Innovation, Productivity And Corporate Performance

A key success factor among high performing organizations is their sharp focus on performance and results. For many employers, financial sustainability, efficient service delivery and growth are key indicators of results. Clear directions, strategies and values send strong signals for performance and help create a results-oriented culture. Plans and programs are well-deployed throughout the organization, systematically tracked at the unit and individual levels and are continuously improved.

Effective HRM And Industrial Relations

High performing and people-focused employers tap the full potential of their workforce. They have multiple programmes for eliciting employee participation and systematically pay attention to their engagement levels and well-being. It is good practice to ensure that an organization has practices that are workforce focused with the objective of putting the right person in the right job and getting employees to deliver performance while feeling appreciated and equitably rewarded and seeing personal progress and growth through the organization.

Responsible Business Conduct

Progressive employers practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – which reflect their commitment to contribute to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders of the organization. CSR links well with organizational commitment to pursue and uphold ethical practices, which include abiding by relevant industry laws, health and safety, regulations and professional and behavioural standards.

Inclusiveness And Diversity

Diversity means more than simply encouraging people from all backgrounds to apply for jobs irrespective of age, class, race, ethnicity, gender or disabilities. It requires making sure that adequate policies and practices are in place in your organization. Disability and Diversity ensures that all actions are non-discriminatory towards all persons; there is an increase participation of persons of all backgrounds across all the decision making points; and there is promotion of diversity practices throughout the work through deliberate policies and adherence to relevant legislation

Sustainability and Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy: The global challenges we face today, such as climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation, demand a new approach to economic activities and business priorities. A sustainable business model promotes prosperity, social equity, and reduces the ecological footprint while enhancing economic prosperity.

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) has become an integral part of managing a business, therefore creating a safe and healthy workplace is vital for the well-being of employees and the success of any business. Moreover, the International Labour Organisation has included “a safe and healthy working environment” in the International Labour Organization’s framework of fundamental principles and rights at work.
A secure work environment reduces the risk of injuries, illnesses, and accidents, leading to higher productivity and job satisfaction. Employers and employees both play a critical role in achieving a safe and healthy workplace, and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations are an essential component of this effort.
It is therefore imperative that Businesses carry out a risk assessment to ensure that the gaps/risks are identified and measures are in place to effectively mitigate these hazards/risks in other not to cause harm to workers. When companies implement OHS standards, they create a workplace free from hazards, increasing the confidence of employees in their employer’s ability to protect their health and well-being.

Elimination of Child Labour

The pandemic has increased the risks of Child labour remarkably. It has therefore, imperative that businesses reflect on how their practices contributes to the elimination of Child Labour. They must look inward, from procurement decisions down to work opportunities.
Businesses can show they promote the elimination of child labour and uphold Childrens’ right in ways that stretch beyond the basic principle of doing no harm. They can contribute to addressing child labour beyond their immediate activities and relationships; they can support efforts to strengthen children’s rights in workplaces as outlined in the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP).

  1. Participation is open to all employers in Nigeria.
  2. Participation will be deemed complete when the employer questionnaires are duly signed and submitted.
  3. Multiple entries will not be accepted.
  4. The Jury and Judges reserve the right to validate all claims officially presented by the participating employers.
  5. Awards will be based on Sectoral/Industrial categories.
  6. The Jury will deliberate on the merits of each of the nomination and select the final winners of the awards in conjunction with a Panel of Judges.
  7. Should there be inconsistencies established, which may materially affect the integrity of participation, due notice of the appropriate action to be taken by the Awards Committee shall be sent to the contact person.
  8. The Selected Panel of Judges shall confirm the decision of the Jury, which shall be final.
  9. The Judges, Jury and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association will do its level best to provide clarifications on the Awards and the Ranking Criteria.
  10. All participating employers will be required to be present at the Dinner/Awards Night, during which the winners will be announced.
  11. Judges, Jury members and Award Committee Members shall be required to execute a Declaration of Confidentiality until the Awards night.
  12. Participating organizations may be required to present documentary/verifiable evidence of their claims of compliance.
  1. The Award is open to all employers in Nigeria.
  2. The organization must be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria.
  1. Banks, Insurance & Allied Institutions
  2. Petroleum And Natural Gas
  3. Telecommunications
  4. Food, Beverage & Tobacco
  5. Chemical & Non-Metallic Products
  6. Pension Fund Managers
  7. Construction
  8. Electricity Distribution
  9. Hospitals
  10. Pharmaceuticals, HMOs
  11. Professional Institutions
  12. Pest Control
  13. Aviation
  14. Media
  15. Courier & Logistics
  16. Metal Products, Iron & Steel
  17. Paper & Publication
  18. Precision, Electrical And Related Equipment
  19. Shipping And Shipping Agencies
  20. MSME
  21. Hotel & Personal Services
  22. Agro-Allied
  23. Consultancy/Human Capital Service Providers
  24. Automobile/Transport
  25. Shop & Distributive Trade
  26. Information Technology
  27. Renewable Energy

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Why You Should Participate

The Annual Employers’ Excellence Award is meant to publicly honour employers implementing best practices for others to emulate. Through such exposure, employers will have an extra channel of enhancing their brand profiles as leading and responsible employers in Nigeria, contributing both to economic prosperity and industrial harmony in Nigeria. Participants and winners will gain a major mileage that will be created by the foremost Employers’ Award in West Africa and they will also be able to display in their branding and premises the ‘Employer of the Year’ tag in the various categories for a period of one year.

All participating employers will receive individual reports on their scores in the survey, which will annually assist companies to assess their processes and practices.




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