Bayer, a multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, has been recognised as a top employer newcomer in Africa and designated as a top employer for the year 2024 in both Kenya and South Africa. This acknowledgment comes as a result of its performance in the rigorous Human Resources Best Practices Survey conducted by the Top Employer Institute.
The survey evaluates companies across six key domains – steer, shape, attract, develop, engage, and unite. Bayer showcased its dedication to creating a better world of work by scoring above 80% in four of these domains.
Out of the 20 topics assessed, the company scored impressively in 15, covering crucial aspects such as business strategy, people strategy, leadership strategy, digital human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, and sustainability.
Moreover, Bayer demonstrated improvement over its 2023 benchmark scoring in several areas, including leadership strategy, digital human resources, employer branding, performance, career, purpose and values, diversity, equity and inclusion, and sustainability.
Adapting to change
Merab Olang’, head of human resources for Bayer South East Africa, emphasised the company’s adaptability amid the global changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and shifting economic dynamics. Olang’ expressed delight at Bayer’s higher scores across all survey categories and highlighted the significance of these results in building their brand as an employer of choice in both Kenya and South Africa.
She added, “The results will help us continue to build the Bayer brand as an employer of choice in both Kenya and South Africa, and serve as a good standard for all our countries of operation in Africa.”
Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink acknowledged the exceptional performance of the certified Top Employers for 2024, stating, “These employers have always shown that they care for the development and well-being of their people. By doing so, they collectively enrich the world of work.”
Reflecting on the achievement, Olang’ concluded, “As a company, we are aware that our business success and ability to overcome challenges are largely due to the commitment of our employees and our values as an organisation.”
The Top Employers Institute, a global authority on recognising excellence in people practices, certified more than 2 300 organisations in 122 countries and regions in 2024. These certified top employers positively impact the lives of over 9 million employees globally.
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