BAT named top southern African employer

HARARE - British American Tobacco has been certified as a top employer in southern Africa by the Top Employers Institute.

Based on independent research, the Top Employers Institute said British American Tobacco offers its employees outstanding working conditions and looks after its staff exceptionally well.

The world’s most international tobacco group with a presence in 180 countries across the globe employs over 400 people across Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and this forms part of its southern African markets.

The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people. The company has just completed this year’s research into the employee conditions of a large number of employers in Africa.

British American Tobacco has been certified as a Top Employer Africa 2014 in Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Companies participating in the Top Employers process must meet the stringent research criteria in order to receive the certification.

The companies that were examined were assessed on benefits offered to employees, working conditions, training and development, career development, and culture management.

Samantha Crous, regional director for the Top Employers Institute in Africa and Benelux said: “Our comprehensive research concluded that British American Tobacco provides an outstanding employment environment and nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation. The international recognition as a Top Employer Africa sends a strong message to their staff and all other stakeholders that this company greatly values their people and that their employee conditions are at the highest standard.”

André Joubert, general manager of BAT Southern African Markets, said the certification was confirmation that the organisation’s focus on people and creating a culture of excellence was continuing to pay dividends.

“We are extremely proud to be part of this exclusive group of great employees,” Joubert said. “A strong part of BAT’s ethos is to build a legacy of leaders across the globe, and our way of work is geared directly towards achieving this.”

Nyasha Mutsai, head of Human Resources for BAT Southern African Markets, said the focus was not so much on just developing policies, but ensuring that these policies deliver value for employees through a conducive culture.

“We strive to attract, develop and retain the best talent and we are constantly benchmarking ourselves against the best companies not only across Africa, but internationally as well. We continue to place an emphasis on talent, driving high performance and creating a winning organisation.”

British American Tobacco Angola, British American Tobacco Mozambique, British American Tobacco Zambia and British American Tobacco Holdings (Limited) Zimbabwe are part of the British American Tobacco Group.

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