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HR Asia Best Companies to Work For in Asia Awards celebrates caring side of Thai employers


– 28 October
2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world, and Thailand
is no exception. Economic activity has been disrupted, but employers across
Asia are persevering amidst the crisis, and looking out for their employees
during these uncertain times.


To celebrate this spirit, the HR Asia
Best Companies to Work For in Asia Awards honours those employers who not only
show good employee engagement and best practices, but also the deeper,
intangible characters of strength, resilience, empathy, and care.

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William Ng, group publisher and
editor-in-chief of HR Asia said, “Ten years from now, we will all look back at
today’s pandemic and appreciate the value of genuine care and perseverance in
overcoming one of our generation’s darkest moments. But for today, let us
rejoice in the belief that when employers and employees are united, even the
impossible can be made possible.”


Good Employers Score Higher

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The Total Engagement Assessment Model
(TEAM) survey is specially designed to measure the employee engagement level of
a company, thus aiding in the selection of the award winners. There are three
parts to the survey which are the Core, Self and Group. These three main points
are crucial as they provide an insight about how the employees feel about the
company and how the company treats them. Companies that truly places their
employees at heart are the ones that deserves to win this award.


Celebrating Empathy and Care

In addition to the Awards, HR Asia also
launched a new program called the WeCare™ Certification 2020. This program is
to recognize companies that have not only demonstrated workplace excellence,
but also empathy and care as part of their DNA.

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From 138 nominations, 38 companies
emerged as winners and received their awards during the gala dinner held at the
Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park Bangkok.


First time winners include AXA Insurance
Public Company Limited, B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd., Baxter Healthcare (Thailand)
Co., Ltd., Chubb Samaggi Insurance PCL., HÄFELE (Thailand) Limited,
Kasikorn-Business Technology Group (KBTG), Krungsi Group, Krungthai AXA Life
Insurance PCL., Lazada Limited, Maersk Thailand, Novartis (Thailand) Limited, Pyathai
& Paolo Hospital Group, Sanofi, SAP Systems, Applications and Products In
Data Processing (Thailand) Ltd., Takeda (Thailand), Ltd., True Corporation
Public Company Limited, URC (Thailand) Co. Ltd. and many more.


Ten companies proved to be the best of
the best by winning the award for two years in a row. They are Advanced Info
Services Plc., AIA Company Limited, Kasikornbank PCL., Kerry Ingredients
(Thailand) Ltd., Microsoft (Thailand) Ltd., Nestle Indochina — Nestle (Thai)
Limited, Philip Morris Trading (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Provincial Electricity
Authority, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited and Unilever Thai Trading


The WeCare™ certification winners are
AXA Insurance Public Company Limited, Cigna Insurance Public Company Limited, Kasikornbank PCL., Sanofi and Thai
Beverage Public Company Limited.



Recipients of this year’s awards have
these to say:


“We are honoured to be recognized by two
prestigious awards for creating a workplace excellence.   This represents an important milestone in the
transformation journey towards our Ambition to become a company of choice for
our customers and employees. We will continue this journey conscious of our
strengths and of our capacity to produce a positive impact on economies and
societies. Acting for human progress by protecting what matters.” – Claude
Seigne, Chief Executive Officer, AXA General Insurance Thailand.


“This award reaffirms
our continued commitment towards our human capital but also of our vision: ‘We
protect and improve the health of people around the world’ as employee
engagement is essential in moving our lives, our health and our world forward.
With a history of more than 180 years globally and over 30 years in Thailand,
B. Braun strongly believes in our employees’ capabilities. We will continue to
ensure the development of a highly talented, professional, diverse and
inclusive workforce.” – Mr. Sayan Roy, Managing Director of B. Braun Thailand.


recognition cannot make us prouder and is testimony of combined efforts of
every Baxter Thailand staff in what they do every day in our mission to save
and sustain lives. The award is even more meaningful as this year’s external
environment has presented us with many more challenges than one could ever
expect. With this accolade, we join our colleagues in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and
Taiwan, and we appreciate the acknowledgement from the HR Asia Award
Committee.” – Nara Decharin, General Manager, Baxter Healthcare (Thailand) Co., Ltd .


“We strongly
believe if our employees are happy, they will make our customers happy. 
We definitely valued our employees’ feedback and listened to all our employees’
suggested solutions to make our company a better place to work.  We will
definitely continue to engage our employees, there is always rooms for
improvements and we will always stick with the mindset and keep improving our
company to move from “Better Place to Work” to be “Best Place to Work” – Pakorn
Pituvong, Head of Human Resources, Chubb Samaggi Insurance PCL.


“In Hafele
(Thailand), we do believe in family. We create caring and robust connections
between everyone and their work, create the space for everyone inspired, feel
safe wherever they are, and end the day fulfilled by the work that they do to
become greatest selves and say… “I love my job”.” – Volker Hellstern, Managing
Director, HÄFELE (Thailand) Limited.


“‘Future of
Banking and Beyond Ordinary’. Other than managing IT infrastructure and
building a strong fortress for KBank, KBTG is determined to develop advanced
innovation that will revolutionize our customers’ financial experience suitable
to their digital lifestyle. KBank always says that KBTG is a game changer for
them. Now, it is proven that not only are we the technology company innovating
for the bank, but we’re also changing and evolving ourselves constantly for our
people with One KBTG Culture in mind.” – Ruangroj Poonpol, Chairman,
Kasikorn-Business Technology Group (KBTG).


employee is a key success factor of organization, we create possibilities to
help employee succeed in his/her goal. KBank will keep focusing on achieving
greater efficiency in our human resource management operations, creating a
positive experience for career seekers interested in working with KBank,
creating a positive employee experience and engagement, leading KBank in
becoming a data-driven organization, and making KBank a digital workplace, in
addition to improvements in other facets of human resource management
operations and promoting KBank’s positive image and sustainable growth in the long
run.” – Ms. Sansana Sukhanunth, Executive Vice President, Kasik ornbank PCL.


“At Kerry, We
drive our Purpose, Our Vision, Our Mission, strongly guided, enabled by our
People and Our Values. With people at the core, Kerry Thailand and our teams continue
to drive with Purpose “Inspire Food. Nourish Life” with strong values of,
Courage, Enterprising spirit, Inclusiveness, Open mindedness, and Ownership.
This enables a clear focus for our customers, consumers and markets we work
with and communities we live in.   It is
an honour to be recognized as “Best companies to work for in Asia’ and makes us
proud for the continued dedication, hard work and contributions made by
everyone at Kerry.” – Ketan Trivedi, General Manager, Kerry Thailand.


“Krungsri values
our people and they are always our priority. We base all our people strategy
and actions on our key three guiding principles; people equality, diversity
& inclusion and good corporate citizenship. Stepping into Krungsri family
already means we have a mutual commitment to succeed together along with our
growing, international and sustainable organization.” – Dr. Vasin
Udomratchatavanich, Head of Human Resources Group, Krungsri Group.


“This is an
amazing achievement and we are beyond proud to be named the ‘Best Company to
work for in Thailand”.   At KTAXA, we
invest significantly our employees as they are our most valuable asset, and we
believe that happy employees lead to having happy clients.   We will remain committed to providing our
employees with a great place to work, where they can be themselves, become
great leaders and provide an amazing service for our customers and community.”
– Sally O’Hara, Chief
Executive Officer, Krungthai AXA Life Insurance PCL.

“Thank you, HR
Asia Magazine, for recognizing Lazada Thailand as one of the best places to
work in the country. We are grateful for the support from all Lazadians. Our
employees are our greatest assets. It’s an honor to receive such a prestigious
award! I would like to thank all Lazadians for making this possible with your
passion and dedication. This is a testament to the commitment by the human
resource and management teams to create a working environment that fosters
learning, professionalism, innovation and well-being. At Lazada, we work
seriously and live happily.” – Jack Zhang, CEO of Lazada Thailand.

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“By developing
capable and engaged employees, who have a One Team mindset and demonstrate our
Winning Behaviours, we believe that we will achieve our future goals of delivering
seamless end-to-end services for our customers. It isn’t our physical assets
that make Maersk successful in terms of serving our customers, facilitating
global trade and helping societies create jobs and prosperity. It’s us – all
people of A.P. Moller-Maersk working together as one diverse, engaged and
global team.” – Jez McQueen, Area Head of Sales, Maersk Thailand.


“I am very
proud of Microsoft for winning this award two years in a row. When it comes to
our people, we believe that every person and every thought matter. We learn
from each other with our growth mindset. We treat each other with respect, act
with integrity, and are accountable to one another for our words and actions.
These are our enduring values, and they sustain our culture under a shared
commitment from everyone. On behalf of the Leadership Team in Thailand, I thank
everyone for living up to this commitment and promise that we will move forward
to grow our organization sustainably under these principles.” – Mr. Dhanawat
Suthumpun, Managing Director, Microsoft (Thailand) Ltd.


“It’s a huge honor to win this award for
two consecutive years. I’d like to dedicate it to the employees of Nestlé
Thailand, for their contributions to this success and for their wok in
nourishing Thailand and its people. As a people-centric company, we believe in
inspiring lives and increasing well-being of our employees. Our purpose, We
unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for
generations to come, is the basis for all that we do.” — Victor Seah, Chairman
& Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé (Thai) Ltd.


“At Novartis, we seek to unleash the
power of our people and reimagine medicine. Our strong sense of purpose at
Novartis to improve and extend people’s lives has always inspired our people
and driven our innovation. Our biggest asset is our people and we want to
create a culture that inspires them to do meaningful work, and in which they
can be curious, take smart risks and see failure as an opportunity to learn.” –
Sumalee Kristarnin, Country President, Novartis (Thailand) Limited.


enthusiastically driven by the people. Hence, Phyathai-Paolo Hospital group
focus on People Management which entails both physical health and mental
health. We consistently believe that ‘caring’, ’empathy’ and ‘attentiveness’
are the common accountabilities of our employees. We continuously instill and
mutually share these within the organization resulting to unconditionally
commiserate for our customers and people around us,” says Att Thongtang, CEO of
Phyathai-Paolo Hospital Group.


“With variety ideas of where
organization currently stands, get employee voice and opportunity to share
their concerns and suggestions, makes employees realize that they have a stake
in the organization and their opinions are valued, you can do so by collecting
employees’ feedback from experienced specialist. This project allows
identifying areas of best practice and tool for monitor organization’s
performance which become valuable input factors for further steps of business
management along together with the vital resource of organization, Human
Resource.” – Narawadee Sirisamastakarn, Deputy Governor, Provincial Electricity


“We are highly honored and grateful to
receive these prestigious awards. This splendid achievement confirms that all
of us at Sanofi are constantly growing and empowered to shape our own career
with the freedom to make it happen. Our flexible working environment builds a
respectful, trustworthy, and inclusive workplace that embraces diversity and
rewards high performance. This enables us to engage in our purpose of
empowering life as a health journey partner, so people can live life to its
full potential.” – Marine Queniart-Stojanovic, GM General Medicines, Thailand,
Malaysia & Singapore, Sanofi.


“SAP is proud to be awarded as Best
Companies to Work for in Thailand by HR Asia. This recognition is a testament
to our culture of collaboration, innovation and inclusion at SAP. SAP remains
focused on our enduring purpose to help the world run better and improve
people’s lives. In service to our purpose, we will run at our best for our
colleagues, customers, partners and communities.” – Verena Siow, Managing
Director, SAP Systems, Applications and Products In Data Processing (Thailand)


“It is truly an honor to receive this
award and my thanks go out the entire Takeda Thailand team and especially my HR
colleagues who are putting their passion for people to work every day! We
believe that the key to achieve great things is to have empowered colleagues
who share our values and our dedication to the patients we serve. Providing an
outstanding employee experience is critical to attract and retain top talents.
The feedback we received from our colleagues and from working with HR Asia is
invaluable to continuously improve employee engagement.” – Peter Streibl, GM,
Takeda (Thailand), Ltd.


“As part of our journey to become
the stable and sustainable ASEAN leader in beverage and food business, receiving
HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020 award is very rewarding. It is
a reflection of our hard work in creating and sharing the value of growth to
our stakeholders especially our people. We are very proud to be among only five
companies in Thailand to also win the WeCare Award. Despite the challenges of
the pandemic, we are committed to cultivating Limitless Opportunities for our
people wherever we go.” – Dr. Agapol Na Songkhla, Chief People Officer,
Thai Beverage Public Company Limited.

“It’s our pride to bring this award to
our True employees to show them that we put all efforts to excel because our
employees as the most valuable assets and they deserve the best company to work
for. ‘One-day Satisfaction’ is our group’s philosophy. Our next step of HR
transformation is to be digital and innovative HR with analytics-led
best-in-class people solutions what holistically enable our employees to grow
their capability, engage to feel more and do more, inspire to transform along
the company’s transformation journey.” – Sarinra Wongsuppaluk, Group Chief
Human Resources Officer, True Corporation Public Company Limited.


“Receiving this award brings us great
joy and pride. We are a company that’s committed to deliver delicious, high
quality products with value-for-money, making a positive impact to our
consumers, our community and our people. We make every moment fun through
programs that promote work-life balance; through sustainable manufacturing
practices; and through staying true to our Core Values. With this award, we
will be driven to bring even more joy to everyone. We are URC. We Make Life
Fun.” – Tanant Suwanraks, General Manager, URC Thailand.

List of Winners
of HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020 (Thailand Edition)



Advanced Info Services Plc.


AIA Company Limited


Alliance Laundry (Thailand) Co., Ltd

Manufacturing of Electronic Appliance

Avery Dennison (Thailand)


AXA Insurance Public Company Limited


B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd.

Medical Devices Industry

Baxter Healthcare (Thailand) Co., Ltd.


BayWa r.e. APAC

Renewable Energy

Chubb Samaggi Insurance PCL.

Insurance (Non-Life)

Cigna Insurance Public
Company Limited


Foodpanda Thailand

Food delivery

HÄFELE (Thailand) Limited


Kasikorn-Business Technology Group (KBTG)


Kasikornbank PCL.


Kerry Ingredients (Thailand) Ltd.


Krungsri Group

Financial Services

Krungthai AXA Life Insurance PCL.


Lazada Limited


LF Logistics (Thailand) Limited


Maersk Thailand

Transport & Logistics

Microsoft (Thailand) Ltd.

Information Technology

(Thai) Ltd.

Food & Beverage

Novartis (Thailand) Limited


Oracle Corporation
(Thailand) Company Limited


Owndays (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Optical Eyewear (Retails)

Philip Morris Trading
(Thailand) Co., Ltd.


Phyathai & Paolo Hospital Group

Healthcare service provider

Provincial Electricity

Utility: electric provider



SAP Systems, Applications
and Products In Data Processing (Thailand) Ltd.


Siam Makro Public Company Limited

Wholesale Business

Takeda (Thailand), Ltd.


Teledirect Telecommerce (Thailand) Limited


Thai Beverage Public
Company Limited

Food & Beverage

ThoughtWorks Thailand

Technology (IT)

True Corporation Public
Company Limited


Unilever Thai Trading Limited


URC (Thailand) Co. Ltd.


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