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Top Employers Institute certifies British American Tobacco as one of the Best Companies to Work in Africa



L-R: Talent Acquisition Manager, British America Tobacco, South Africa SSA and recipient on behalf of Nigeria, Cornell Randall; Rewards Manager, South Africa and Recipient on behalf of South Africa, Wendilene Ballie; Head of HR for BAT East and Central Africa and Recipient on behalf of Kenya, Razeeah Belath; Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) for Zimbabwe and Recipient on behalf of Zimbabwe, Kudzai Chamba; HRBP for Zambia and Recipient on behalf of Zambia, Francis Mwale; HRBP Angola and recipient for Angola, Catia Patricia Mariz Teixeira; BAT Southern African Area Managing Director and recipient for the overall Africa award, Soraya Benchikh; HRBP for Mozambique and recipient for Mozambique, Imran Ismael; Talent Co- Ordinator, SAM, Sasha Govender; and Operations Manager, Heidelberg Factory, Johannesburg, Livash Jagathpal, during the Top Employer Institute award dinner where BAT was honoured as Top Employer Africa, on October 4, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Top Employers Institute conducts independent and internationally verified research into organizations, people management practices, and certification is only awarded to companies which meet the highest standards in employee working conditions, including nurturing talent development at all levels of the organisation and opportunities for growth.

British American Tobacco (BAT) has been certified as one of the best companies to work for in Africa by the globally-recognised Top Employers Institute at a certification dinner held in South Africa on Thursday, October 4th, 2018. The giant tobacco company got the recognition as a top employer in Nigeria and six other African countries, namely South Africa, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya. BAT Nigeria has accomplished this feat for the second year in a row since making its debut entry for the award in 2018.

Acknowledging the recognition, Human Resources Director, West Africa Area, British American Tobacco, Temitope Akinsanya, said, “We are very honoured to be recognised as a Top Employer for the second year running. We pride ourselves in our best-in-class talent management practices and unique organizational culture which attest to the fact that our people are as important as our brands.”

Speaking further, she noted, “For us, the Top Employer certification demonstrates that BAT Nigeria holds itself to the highest standards of workplace conditions which empower employees to be their productive best.”

In his reaction, the Managing Director, BAT, West Africa, Chris McAllister, described the certification as a recognition of the standards that BAT Nigeria and Africa continuously strive for and “a confirmation of our status as a leading company for outstanding talent that ambitious people wish to join.”

“The foundation of our HR strategy is investing in our people, enabling our employees to develop a fulfilling career, ensuring an all-inclusive culture and nurturing a talented pool of employees into future leaders,” he added.

Commenting on the certification process, Top Employer Institute CEO, David Plink, said, “We believe that the 2019 certified organisations demonstrate exceptional employee conditions and encourage the development of these practices by putting their people first. These companies help enrich the world of work with their outstanding dedication to HR excellence and because of this, they are recognised as an employer of choice.”

The Top Employers Institute assessed British American Tobacco Africa’s employee offerings on the following criteria: talent strategy, learning and development, leadership development, performance management, career and succession management, among others, for the certification.
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