2021’s best employers revealed

The Top Employers Institute has published a list of the global top employers to work for in 2021.

As the global authority on recognising excellence in people practices, The Top Employers Institute certified a total of 1 691 organisations in 120 countries/regions for the year ahead. These Top Employers positively impact the lives of over seven million employees globally. 

The institute noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected the industries it assesses over the past year.

“In addition to the adverse impacts on global health systems and economies, businesses faced the significant hurdle of supporting their people in adapting to new ways of work,” said CEO David Plink. “In our research, we were glad to see that Top Employers put their employees first from the outset of the global health crisis. 

Top employers in South Africa  

A total of 96 companies were named as top employers in South Africa, many of which operate in the financial services, telecommunications, IT, and electronics industries. 

Some of the winners include AvBob,  CSIR,  AECI, DHL,  Dimension Data, TransUnion Africa, Sanlam, Mercedes Benz Africa and Microsoft SA. 

DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa also received the honour and the company’s head of human resources, Eva Mattheeussen, said, “We are proud to be named Top Employer for the second time in a row this year. Being certified as a Top Employer showcases our organisation’s dedication to a better world of work and exhibits this through excellent human resources policies and people practices.”

Momentum Metropolitan Holdings also outperformed its peers and Dr Dieter Veldsman, action group human capital executive at Momentum Metropolitan Holdings said, “We are honoured to be recognised as a Top Employer in Africa as we take our responsibility towards our people extremely seriously. Our group’s Reset and Grow strategy included a focussed alignment on people practices and this contributed to the positive scoring in our certification. We work to create a culture of authentic support that recognises the whole human being, protects their wellbeing and promotes their development.”

DFA’s human capital officer Portia Thokoane commented on the win: “DFA places a high value on its human resources. Our employees are truly assets that we need to nurture. The business environment continues to change rapidly, and our fingers must remain on the pulse of what affects their wellbeing.”

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation, was also recognised. CSIR group executive: human capital and strategic communication Andile Mabindisa said, “It reaffirms our dedication to creating a workplace environment that is conducive for staff to thrive and excel in executing the organisation’s mandate of improving the lives of South Africans. This is perfect timing. We advertently celebrate this certification and recognition at a time when the CSIR celebrates 75 years of its existence.” 

The Top Employers Institute Certification Programme assesses the people practices of participating companies through the independently audited and fact-based HR Best Practices Survey, which covers six domains and 20 subtopics across the entire HR spectrum.