Recognition Confirms JTI’s Commitment to Global Levels of Excellence in the Workplace
Johannesburg, October 16, 2017 – JTI (Japan Tobacco International) has been officially certified as a Top Employer in South Africa, demonstrating its status as a premier employer that puts people first, all over the world.
Andrew Neumann, JTI’s General Manager for South Africa, said: “We believe that our business performance is strongly linked to the quality of our people. Being a Top Employer will increase our ability to recruit and retain the best teams, giving us a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
The accreditation is a sign of JTI’s commitment to worldwide growth by creating a working environment in South Africa that is on par with its other accredited markets around the globe. It also provides a source of pride for current employees, as well as an opportunity to engage new talent – especially millennials; a generation in the early stages of their careers and known to expect transparency from employers.
Laurette Makhubele, JTI’s HR Director for South, East and Central Africa, said: “We believe in openness and transparency in everything we do. Diverse cultures inspire us, knowledge informs us and integrity guides us.
“People are attracted to employers who openly share information about how they create a better working environment for their people, and they want to know how their careers will flourish in that environment.”
Six other JTI offices in the Africa region were also certified raising the company to the ranks of Top Employer Africa for the first time this year.
The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises leading employers around the world: those that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and which strive to continuously optimise employment practices.
David Plink, CEO at Top Employers Institute, said: “Our extensive research concluded that JTI South Africa forms part of a select group of employers that advance employee conditions worldwide. Their people are well taken care of. Now that they have received the Top Employers Africa 2018 certification, they can truly consider themselves at the top of an exclusive group of the world’s best employers. A reason to celebrate!”
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