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The aim of the European Excellence Awards is to recognise and reward organisations and HR teams that lead by example in implementing innovative and forward-thinking strategies and practices pursuing new standards in meeting modern challenges of human resources management.

In addition to this, the Awards also provide an excellent networking forum for all attendees and take a comprehensive look at human resources achievements across Europe.


Quadriga is a Berlin-based knowledge hub of excellence in education, information, networking and business IT solutions. As an internationally-oriented company we already assist 300,000 professionals in their careers, currently professional groups in the fields of public relations, politics, public affairs, IT governance, human resources, marketing, sales and compliance. Thereby we are a point of contact and think tank regarding all themes and requirements in career development.

Keep questioning – that’s our proposition for ongoing professionalization.

The Awards are open to HR professionals and teams from companies, consultancies, associations, institutions and NGOs whose work has displayed exceptional talent and ability.

The early deadline for all applications is 29 November 2016 (midnight CET). Late deadline is 6 December 2016 (midnight CET). Entries in the late deadline period will be charged 90 Euro extra per entry.

Yes, we encourage entries from universities and institutions, and would advise you to apply for any categories that you feel showcase your innovative approach to human resources.

Please note that no discounts can be granted.

Both the client and the agency/service provider can submit campaigns to the competition. All communications, such as the announcement of shortlists and winners, will mention both the client and the agency. The finalists’ project titles, together with the name of the organisation and agency (if applicable), will be documented in brochures, on the website and at the gala.

Projects can be entered in more than one category, and it is possible to apply in as many categories as you are interested. Please note: the application fee is per project entered and per category.

Yes, that is not a problem. You can submit an entry into as many appropriate categories as you like, and you can (although you do not have to) tailor your supporting documents for each category, even if the campaign being entered is the same. You can easily duplicate your filled in submission online by using the “copy button” in the application process.


However, you will be charged per application and per category.

Any project created or published in between 1 November 2015 and 30 October 2016 may participate in the competition. A large part of the project must have taken place during that time frame, however, it is not necessary for the whole project to have been completely implemented in this period. Projects can also still be ongoing.

If projects started earlier, a significant change must have been implemented within the time frame.

Projects taking place between 1 November 2015 and 30 October 2016 will be considered for the Awards if they had their main roll-out and impact during this timeframe. Projects completed before 1 November will not be considered.

You can submit publications in a different language than English to support your application; however we ask that all application material (for example, the application forms and the project description) are submitted in English.

Yes, you are still able to enter the Awards, but the financial data help the Jury members assess the applications properly. All such information is treated with utmost confidentiality, and will never be published or released, should you decide to provide it.

You may submit your application using our online system at:
Your completed application must contain the following elements:

  1. General contact details about the entrant(s), the involved organisation and agency (if applicable).
  2. The main details of the project: a) short summary of the project at a maximum length of 400 characters (including spacing and punctuation), b) Time frame of the project, c) Budget in Euro (This is not a mandatory field but it plays a major role in helping the Jury assess your project. The information will not be distributed.), d) Number of employees working on the project.
  3. A project description of no more than 2,000 characters in total (including spacing and punctuation) must be provided, including the following information: a) The initial situation leading to the creation of the project, b) The objective of your campaign, c) The strategy involved in the campaign, d) How the project was implemented, e) The results achieved by the campaign (e.g. sales and awareness increases, media monitoring, click and user rates, benchmarking and KPI results).
  4. Include one picture that best represents your project (for example, the cover of a report, or a picture of your event) which will be used to illustrate your project to the Jury. This picture will be published if your project is shortlisted.
  5. Supporting material illustrating the main points and essence should be carefully selected. You can upload your material online. There is a limit of three supporting documents (one document equals one digital file or one hard copy). Items accepted as supporting material include, for example, planning documents, press releases, press kits, pictures, brochures, Powerpoint presentations of no more than 10 slides, movies of no more than three minutes and any online material or other unique media. You can upload your supporting material using the online system.
    The following file formats are accepted:
    – For pictures: .jpg /.jpeg, .gif, .png. (Ideally in print quality; 300 dpi)
    – For videos/movies: .mov, .flv, .avi, .mpg /.mpeg (no larger than 50 MB, ideally max. duration of 3 minutes), or a link to the website where the video is posted
    – For presentations: .pdf, .ppt (ideally convert .ppt into .pdf format, no larger than 5 MB)
  6. You can specify up to three links to websites, social media platforms, intranet sites or online videos.

Applications can only be submitted online.

Hard copies can neither be considerd for the voting, nor be sent back.

By characters, we mean all letters, spaces and punctuation marks. The easiest way to count these is to use the word count function in Microsoft Word, if you have access to it. Moreover you’ll find a counter while filling in the application. As all texts are uploaded onto the application intranet, and space is limited, texts will automatically be cut off after 2,000 characters.

The Jury is comprised of leading HR professionals from companies and institutions in Europe.

After the late deadline for entries has passed, our Jury will review all submissions and by online voting, determine a shortlist of five projects per category.
The Jury will evaluate the applications on the following criteria:

– Creativity and Innovation

– Strategy

– Implementation

– Results and Impact

Companies or organisations of Jury members may still enter the Awards competition. However, the Jury member is not allowed to take part in the judging process for any category into which their organisation/consultancy has submitted projects.

Every application submitted after the early deadline, between November 29 (00:01 a.m. CET) and December 6 (midnight CET), will be charged a late fee of 90 Euro per project/category.

To finish your application(s), you’ll have to check out through our integrated shop-system. We kindly ask you to pay directly by credit card or to request an invoice. The invoice will automatically be sent to you via email. If paid by credit card, you’ll receive the payment confirmation via email.

Please consider:

Invoices are payable immediately upon issue. Unpaid entries will be excluded from being shortlisted. In case your invoice needs to be changed, please contact the Awards team immediatley (

The application fee applies per project entered and per category. Until 11.59 p.m. CET on 29 November 2016, the first application costs 290 Euro, and each additional application submitted costs 190 Euro.

Between 30 November (00:01 a.m. CET) and 10 January 2017 (midnight CET), which is the late deadline registration period, applications come with an extra charge of 90 Euro each.

You may pay by credit card or invoice. All prices come with VAT.

Please note: Tickets to the gala, where the awards will be handed over, must be purchased seperately.

You have 14 days to pay the invoice in order to guarantee your projects taking part in the competition.

If you need additional documents in order to start the payment process (e.g. tax residency certificates, invoice amendments, vendor forms) get in touch with us by email well in advance ( State the name of the project(s), invoice number and name of the Awards. Please take into consideration that the procurement of this paperwork might take up to fourteen days. For certain documents such as Tax Residence Certificates even up to six weeks.

No, you do not. You may register for the award presentation when the shortlist is published.

Unfortunately, due to the high number of entries we receive, we are not able to give individual feedback for entries.

If a winner does not pick up their trophy at the ceremony, we will send it via mail. Postage will be invoiced to the winner.


Any questions? Please contact us:
Awards Team
+49 (0)30 8485 90