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Unilever Nigeria Certified as Top Employer in Africa

Alongside Unilever South Africa, Ghana and Kenya

Unilever Nigeria was in August 2012 announced as a Top Employer by the CRF Institute.

During the announcement, the CRF Institute announced that Unilever is also a best employer in South Africa, Ghana and Kenya. This announcement is coming on the heels of the CRF Institute’s Best Employers campaign, which for the first time was extended into the African continent to create the Top Employers in Africa Index.

Other companies chosen as leading employers in Africa are British American Tobacco, Ernst & Young, G4S, Microsoft, Old Mutual and Siemens.

Antoinette Irvine, Human Resources Vice President, Africa for Unilever said: “The Global Unilever strategy is to double our business while reducing our environmental impact, which calls for a talent strategy that supports this growth ambition.

“We are extremely proud to be considered a forerunner in this arena, and we are thrilled that our African operations are currently delivering the global standard of best-in-class HR practices and policies.

“We look forward to using, not only the certification, but also the feedback and stringent benchmark information to continuously improve our people management practices across the continent.”

CRF Institute’s Country Manager for South Africa, Samantha Crous said: “As businesses grow their footprints on the continent, it becomes more and more important to develop applicable, relevant HR policies and practices alongside.

“These policies become essential for managing the massive redistribution of talent that will be necessary to sustain successful business development in the continent’s many emerging markets.

“And it’s for this reason that we have created the Top Employers in Africa audit.”

About the CRF Institute & Certification Standards

Since 1991, the CRF Institute, which is based in the Netherlands, has been identifying Top Employers by using its stringent top employer methodology. This is in line with its mission to inspire organisations to be excellent employers by giving comparative insights to HR policy and best practices.

Every year, the Institute’s assesses and certifies organisations, scoring them based on the following criteria: organisation strategy; the HR function; communication; diversity management; corporate social responsibility; knowledge management; talent management and engagement; performance management; and rewards and recognition.

Not all companies that apply are successful. This year, about 12 percent of participants did not meet the criteria after a thorough, objective assessment of key drivers, practices and policies.

“The review considers general criteria such as financial and non-monetary benefits, working conditions, training and career development, and company culture,” said Crous.

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