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BAT recognised as top employer in Nigeria, Africa for 5th consecutive year

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*The Top Employers Institute has named BAT a ‘Top Employer in Nigeria and Africa’ for the fifth year running, acknowledging the company has proved its unwavering commitment to employees on an international level that spans numerous countries

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The British-American Tobacco (BAT) has been named a ‘Top Employer in Nigeria and Africa’ for the fifth year running by the Top Employers Institute.

The Global Top Employer certification is based on an extensive review of employer practices across six HR domains and 20 topics, including People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being, Diversity and Inclusion and more.

ConsumerConnect reports the Top Employer status recognises BAT’s commitment to attracting the best talent, investing in its people, and being a great place to work.

The Institute in a statement noted that “as a Top Employer, BAT has proved their unwavering commitment to their employees on an international level that spans numerous countries.”

Appreciating the award,Yarub Al-Bahrani, Area Director, BAT West and Central Africa, said: “Being named as a Top Employer for the fifth year in a row is a recognition of BAT’s inclusive, engaging culture and innovative working environment.

“We are continually striving to maintain a workplace where employees feel empowered and well-supported, and we are delighted this has been recognised.”

Al-Bahrani also stated: “Our people play a crucial role in our purpose to build A Better Tomorrow, and we’re proud to be recognised for our commitment to building a purpose-driven organisation.”

Sergio Berlanga, Human Resources Director, at BAT West and Central Africa, while commenting on the recognition, also said: “Our employees are our most important asset. “This has never been more apparent than during the past two years as they have continued to demonstrate remarkable resilience, commitment and flexibility, despite the difficulties of the pandemic.”

Berlanga further said: “They are powering our continued strong performance as we transform our business.”

According to the company, BAT is committed to building A Better TomorrowTM by reducing the health impact of its business through providing a range of enjoyable and less risky products.

“Sustaining a culture where employees are encouraged to develop, grow and innovate in a diverse and inclusive environment has always been important to BAT and is playing an important role in accelerating this transformation,” it noted.

The Top Employer certification process is conducted annually by the Top Employers Institute.

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

Certification recognises employers that provide best-in-class employment practices, allowing employees to develop themselves personally and professionally, while driving business results.

BAT stated that participating companies undergo a rigorous assessment process, which includes an extensive review of employer practices. Several validation sessions are held where evidence of these practices is provided, and an independent audit of the findings is also carried out.

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