The Top Employers Institute: Certifying excellence in employee conditions globally.

Position:Africa's Top Employers 2019
 
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An employee-centric strategy plays an imperative role in achieving successful business results over a sustained period. Billy Elliott, Top Employers Institute Regional Manager: Africa (pictured right), describes the company's work in certifying excellence in employee conditions and shares some of the key research highlights from 2019

The Top Employers Institute is the global HR authority on certifying excellence in employee conditions.

For 28 years, the Top Employers Institute has been dedicated to accelerating the impact of people strategies to enrich the world of work through certification, benchmarking and connecting Top Employers around the world. Through our HR Best Practices Survey, we enable organisations to assess and improve their workplace environment.

The leading edge international research provided by the Top Employers Institute each year determines whether an organisation meets the required standard of excellence for Certification as a Top Employer (see the box overleaf for a summary of the Certification Programme).

We certify organisations in single countries, on different continents or even on a global scale. We recognise Top Employers based on a global four-stage Certification Programme governed by a standardised process, recognising the conditions created by organisations for a "best-in-class" development environment for employees.

I am proud to share an overview and key research highlights from Africa's Top Employers 2019 Certification Programme.

Two hundred and nine organisations in Africa officially registered to participate in this year's Certification Programme. One hundred and ninety-five organisations spanning 31 African countries and 23 industry sectors achieved the Top Employers 2019 Certification. Ninety-nine certified organisations will carry the South African Certification, while 96 certified Top Employers from other African countries outside of South Africa have also been certified.

Eighty-four percent of the certified population in Africa are multinational corporations, while the remaining 16% are national companies.

The countries with the most certified organisations are: South Africa (99), Kenya (8), Nigeria (8), Egypt (7), Ghana (7), Morocco (6), Mozambique (5), Tanzania (5), Zambia (5), Zimbabwe (5), and Tunisia (5). Certification has also been achieved for the very first time by an organisation in Burkina Faso.

The top five industry sectors in Africa with the greatest representation are: FMCG (55), Transport & Logistics (37), Telecommunications (26), Manufacturing (22) and Pharmaceuticals (14).

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