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Unilever ranked Top Employer in Kenya


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NAIROBI, October, 2016 –The Top Employer Institute, an international certification institute, has ranked Unilever as the Number one employer in Kenya in 2016/17 for the fourth year in a row.

Unilever ranked Top Employer in Kenya

The Top Employers certification is only awarded to organisations that achieve the highest standards of excellence in employee conditions and is recognised internationally. It certifies organisations where employees feel valued, and where their creative ideas can germinate and contribute towards the company’s overall achievements.

“We are really proud to have once again hit this year’s milestone in setting HR standards in the region. This is a true affirmation of Unilever’s commitment to the people and talent agenda through global best practice that strongly resonates across its markets including right here in Kenya.” Said Justin Apsey, Unilever CEO for East Africa.

The annual international research and audit undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises leading employers around the world that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and which strive to continuously optimise employment practices.

Bruno Witvoet, Unilever Africa President, commented; “At Unilever in Africa we work hard to combine our global experience with our deep Africa roots to develop local talent so we are delighted to see our efforts recognized by the internationally renowned Top Employers, which is a truly independent and verifiable measure of industry best practice. The future of Africa lies in its people and we are fully committed to seeing our African operations set best in class HR standards and offer talented Africans a career based on values and integrity where they can truly shine.”

Potential Top Employers undergo a rigorous certification process as they are evaluated across nine key areas: Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, On-boarding, Learning & Development, Performance Management, Leadership Development, Career & Succession Management, Compensation & Benefits, and Culture.

The Top Employer Institute also ranked the leading consumer goods manufacturer as best employer in Africa for the third year running. Unilever’s Top Employer status in Africa was solidified when company was certified in Zimbabwe for the first time and achieved No.1 status in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The organization also added the No. 1 FMCG in South Africa and No. 1 Manufacturing in South Africa certifications to their haul.

About Top Employers Institute

The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people. Optimal employee conditions ensure that people develop themselves personally and professionally. Organisations that attain the Top Employers certification showcase their outstanding employment environment. They show that they nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation. This is beneficial for all stakeholders, and in particular their current and prospective employees.

To discover the certified organisations and learn more about what makes them part of the exclusive group of companies certified as Top Employers Global, visit:

About Unilever Kenya

Unilever is one of the leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products in Kenya. With about 19,000 employees, Unilever is one of the largest private employers in the region. Working to create a better future every day, Unilever helps people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Its portfolio includes most loved locally produced brands, OMO, Sunlight, Blue Band, Royco, Geisha and Vaseline, as well as key world’s renowned brands, like Knorr, Dove, Lux, Axe, among many others.

The company was ranked Top Employer for 2015/16 in Kenya by the Top Employer Institute, an international certification institute.

Unilever’s global ambition is to decouple growth from environmental impact (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increase social impact. Unilever is committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all its agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling its growth from its environmental impact. Supporting its three big goals, Unilever has defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit

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