Unilever breaks record at Top Employer Awards

Johannesburg: 02 October 2014 – 2014 marks a record-breaking year for Unilever South Africa as the organisation has been certified number one company to work for by the Top Employer Institute for a second year - having taken first position in 2013/14 and now 2014/15.

The Top Employer South Africa Awards which took place on Thursday, 02 October at a gala dinner held in Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg saw Unilever walking away with four category awards, securing exclusive certification as:

  • Top Employer overall South Africa
  • Top Employer in the FMCG sector South Africa
  • Top Employer in the Manufacturing sector South Africa and
  • Top Employer overall Africa

“Being named the number 1 Top employer in South Africa for the second consecutive year cements Unilever’s position as a Top Employer of Choice in the market. We are really excited that we have been awarded this accolade. Unilever South Africa’s vision is to be a leading company helping to create a brighter future for all South Africans. As part of our business strategy, we invest significantly in creating an inclusive culture where our employees feel valued and engaged,” said Peter Cowan, Chairman of Unilever South Africa.

Unilever places people at the heart of it strategy. A lot of emphasis is placed on the development of leaders who are then able to take HR policies and implement them within the company. The company has world class facilities that demonstrate the investment that the company is making towards its people. This promotes engagement amongst employees and further shows leadership’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity. In addition to this, Unilever has a highly regarded graduate programme that offers a world class leadership development curriculum which offers international careers and mentorship programmes.

“Being named a Top Employer differentiates Unilever’s position to attract and retain the best talent, whilst allowing the company to benchmark its HR policies and practices externally.” Added Antoinette Irvine, Vice President Human Resources, Unilever South and Southern Africa.

“We are humbled that amongst equally competent contenders we emerged as the Top Employer yet again. Our aim is to continue raising the bar and remain by far the best employer on the African continent. Having achieved this recognition for the second year running, we are grateful to be celebrating such prestigious awards made possible by our dedicated and committed employees,” concluded Irvine.

Unilever South Africa - Unathi Mgobozi External Affairs Manager

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