Unilever, a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Rotterdam, Netherlands, has been endorsed the number one Top Employer in Africa for the fourth time.
The company received the award at the Top Employer Institute award ceremony held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Unilever has also been certified as the number one Top Employer in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Mechell Chetty, Unilever Vice President of Human Resources in Africa, who spoke on this development said the achievement highlights Unilever’s ability to deliver world class employment experience consistently across Africa.
Chetty said “the Top Employer brand signals to talents that we are committed to staff development and helping our employees reach their personal ambitions. The certification also provides us with important feedback about how we can improve our HR practices”.
In an extremely competitive HR best practices survey conducted by the Top Employers Institute, the criteria examined were talent strategy, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, career and succession management, leadership development, compensation and benefits, and culture.
The Human Resources Director of Unilever Ghana-Nigeria, Eniola Onimole noted that the company invests in people by implementing initiatives that contribute to their success in the organisation.
Onimole revealed that “these initiatives include international careers exposure, mentorship programmes, flexible working patterns, graduate recruitment programme and a world class leadership development curriculum”.
Addressing the rate of high unemployment in Africa, Chetty noted that Unilever Africa’s human resource department strives to address youth unemployment through its ‘Level up Programme’. The programme, which has reached over 80, 000 youths across the continent, is designed to prepare youth for the world of work.
According to Chetty, “we will not stop there; our ambition is to reach one million youth across the continent. Technology-enabled learning has allowed the company to enhance flexible learning to suit different learning styles on the go, anywhere and anytime”.