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Tobacco companies lead top global employers

tobacco5Tobacco companies are doing something right, as The Top Employers Institute has recognised industry giants Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco (BAT) among the top employers worldwide.

PMI was recognised as a Global Top Employer for the third year running. The award giving body gave PMI teams in 49 countries the certification for its consistency and excellence in having a dynamic work environment and exceptional development opportunities for its employees worldwide. The tobacco giant was also awarded the Regional Top Employer label in five regions for the second consecutive year: in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

“Today is a very proud day for us at PMI. We’ve been named as a Global Top Employer for the third year in a row, achieved the Regional Top Employer label in five regions for the second time, and achieved Top Employer status for more PMI country teams than ever before,” said Charles Bendotti, PMI senior vice president, People and Culture.

“We’re a company in transformation on a journey to meet our bold vision of a smoke-free world. Our people play a tremendous role in that transformation and I want to thank them for their dedication and continued commitment to making PMI a great place to work – one that is vibrant, inclusive and which offers lots of opportunities to its staff. This is what makes PMI an employer of choice.”

British American Tobacco was named a Global Top Employer for the second year running. The tobacco company was certified in 43 markets across five regions: Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East.

“Receiving Global Top Employer certification, for the second year running, is a great honour as it acknowledges our commitment to creating an inclusive and innovative working environment where our people have exciting development opportunities and can bring their diverse experiences, skillsets and ideas to the table,” Giovanni Giordano, group HR director at BAT, commented.

“To be recognised as a Top Employer in 43 markets is a fantastic achievement. We have always believed that our people and their talents are essential to our success – and in this exciting period of transformation and change at BAT, I am delighted that our continued work to invest in our people has been recognised in this way.”

David Plink, CEO of the Top Employers Institute, said BAT  keeps growing every year as an outstanding company to work for.

“Being certified, for the second year running, as a Global Top Employer in five continents is a fantastic achievement, and one that BAT shares with just a handful of other companies around the world,” Plink said.

“Continuous career development has always been a focal point for BAT, as well as supporting work-life balance for employees throughout their careers. This Global Top Employer accreditation acknowledges BAT’s commitment to providing best-in-class working environments and career opportunities,”.

The Top Employers Institute is an independent organisation that studies the employee offerings of major employers around the world.

Among the top employers in Australia were Takeda Pharmaceuticals Australia, Sandoz,  Saint-Gobain Australia and Sanofi Australia.

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