30 August, 2012: It’s official - Old Mutual is the Top Employer in Africa, specifically in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
Old Mutual also won the best large employer in South Africa, according to the Corporate Research Foundation (CRF) Institute’s annual Best Employers Certification Index for 2012/13.
Old Mutual leads the pack in the Giants category (for companies with more than 10 001 employees) and is also number one in the Financial Services category.
Comments Anisha Archary, Old Mutual’s Human Resources Director, ‘Our people strategy enables our business strategy and is built on a compelling vision that Old Mutual is a great place to work with people who do great things. Homegrown and now operational in across six continents, the secret ingredient for Old Mutual is that it is a values led and customer centric business. Our employee value proposition ranges from global career opportunities, competitive reward offerings, developing talent, focusing on building future fit leaders, and a great culture to win as one committed team.’
Says Ralph Mupita, CEO of Old Mutual Emerging Markets, ‘The very best thing about the announcement is that it will unite and strengthen us in our purpose : by enabling positive futures and improving the financial wellbeing of our customers, employees and the communities in which we live.’
A total of 73 organisations were certified in 2012 – the largest number since the Best Employer campaign began in 2002.
‘This increase in certifications indicates a promising rise in awareness that excellent Human Resources practices can give companies a competitive advantage, particularly in the context of a combative labour market and increasingly complex business environment,’ says Samantha Crous, the CRF Institute’s Country Manager.
With more and more South African companies cultivating emerging market strategies, the CRF Institute is extending its tried-and-tested Best Employers South Africa index into Africa for the first time in 2012.
The following seven companies were certified as the first Top Employers in Africa - Old Mutual, British American Tobacco, Ernest & Young, Microsoft, Siemens, G4S and Unilever.
‘As businesses increase their foothold on the continent, it becomes more and more important to develop applicable, relevant HR policies and practices alongside,’ says Crous. ‘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,’ she says. ‘And it’s for this reason that we have created the Top Employers in Africa audit.’