The Marriott Beach Resort and recruitment firm Baraud won the top employer awards in the large and medium/small business categories at the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals gala on Dec. 1.

The annual Top Employer and Cayman Awards for Human Resources Excellence are aimed at shining a light on employers who are making their places of work a great place to be, said Human Resources Society President Chris Bailey.

“It is more than doing the bare minimum as required by law,” he said in his opening address at the gala on Thursday night.

He said the companies named as top employers are known as employers who prioritize career growth and corporate and social responsibility, promote ethical values and are transparent about the standards to which they hold themselves.

In his address to 200 guests at the awards ceremony, Mr. Bailey said human capital is the most important asset in making successful companies. Just by applying for these awards, these companies have already set themselves apart, he noted.

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A record number of companies took part this year.

The results are based on how a panel of independent judges mark the companies’ applications, taking into account a confidential survey completed by staff of the firms.

The Marriott Beach Resort won the Top Employer award in the large business category.
The Marriott Beach Resort won the Top Employer award in the large business category.

In the large employer category, Marriott Beach Resort took first place ahead of accounting firms KPMG and PwC. Law firms Mourant Ozannes and Conyers Dill and Pearman, and Scotiabank and Trust also received top employer designations.

In the small and medium-sized business category, Baraud was awarded Best Place to Work ahead of fellow recruitment firm CML and insurance managers AON. BDO Cayman, Ironshore Pharmaceuticals and the National Gallery were other top employers in the category.

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson received the Cayman Awards for Human Resources Excellence award on behalf of the Cayman Islands government, and Corporate Social Responsibility award for the Deputy Governor’s 5K run.

Other recipients of this award were Dart Enterprises for the Best Wellness Program, Conyers Dill & Pearman for the Best Training Program, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for Excellence in Talent Management and Retention and KPMG’s Kari Rankin as the Young HR Talent of the Year.

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