Top employer amongst global giants
Issued by Idea Hub on behalf of Unilever - Mar 2nd 2015, 13:01
In an article recently published on Fortune.com, FMCG giant, Unilever, was listed as the third most sought after employer in the world, following Google and Apple. With a clear mission and value statement, the multi-national organisation is leading the world on a journey to greater employee engagement.
Unilever South Africa has been lauded as the Top Employer in South Africa, FMCG, Manufacturing, and Africa as a whole – and it seems the rest of the world would agree. With over two million job applications being received by Unilever annually, the 140-year old company has certainly created an environment that values staff and provides employees with true purpose.
How does Unilever achieve this? “Unilever South Africa’s vision is to create a Brighter Future for all South Africans, and this includes our employees,” says Antoinette Irvine, Vice President Human Resources, Unilever South, and Southern Africa. “We strive to create a culture of inclusivity, where employees feel valued, engaged and encouraged.”
According to a study completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the millennial generation is eager to ‘contribute something to the world and… want to be proud of their employer’. The Unilever Sustainability Living Plan, which aims to double the size of the business while halving its environmental impact throughout the entire value and supply chain, is but one example of the company’s dedication to the preservation of the environment; a cause which Unilever employees are passionate about.
In his interview with Fortune, Unilever CEO Paul Polman said many employees considered Unilever as a place of purpose... double the size of the business and halving environmental footprint
To add to the attractiveness of Unilever as an employer, staff development is taken very seriously. Unilever South Africa puts much emphasis is on leadership training through a highly regarded graduate programme. When there is employee skills development required, training is offered onsite. This elevates staff competencies, as well as empowers employees.
Having set goals and put constant measures in place to confirm that these goals are being achieved, Unilever offers stability and altruism, resulting in the development of passionate, dedicated employees. “We aim to improve on our own benchmarks set, as well as those set throughout the world. Through employee satisfaction we aim to remain a Top Employer on the African continent and internationally,” concludes Irvine. “Unilever is most appreciative of this accolade and proud of the incredible workforce it has on-board.”
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