THE British American Tobacco (BAT) has been certified as a Top Employer Africa 2014 for the second time in as many years.
BAT is a British multinational tobacco company headquartered in London, United Kingdom and operates in the country as well.
The company operates two main production lines, which include cigarettes line and cut rag line.
Its portfolio of products includes brands such as Dunhill, Newbury, Madison, Everest, Kingsgate and Berkeley.
It is the world’s second-largest tobacco company by sales.
An independent research by the Top Employers Institute ruled that BAT offers its employees outstanding working conditions and looks after its staff exceptionally well.
BAT Holdings (Limited) Zimbabwe alongside BAT Angola, BAT Mozambique, BAT Zambia are part of the international British American Tobacco Group – the world’s most international tobacco
group that has a presence in 180 countries across the globe.
BAT employs over 400 employees across Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique and Zambia and these form part of its Southern African Markets.
In a statement, the Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people.
BAT has just completed this year’s research into the employee conditions of a large number of employers in Africa and because of that tobacco company was certified as a Top Employer Africa 2014 in the following countries: Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.
Regional Director for the Top Employers Institute in Africa & Benelux, Samantha Crous, said the research concluded that BAT provides an outstanding employment environment and nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation.
“The international recognition as a Top Employer Africa sends a strong message to their staff and all other stakeholders that this company greatly values their people and that their employee conditions are at the highest standard,” she said.
General Manager of BAT Southern African Markets, André Joubert, said the certification was confirmation the organisation’s focus on people and creating a culture of excellence is continuing to pay dividends.
“We are extremely proud to be part of this exclusive group of treat employees. A strong part of BAT’s ethos is to build a legacy of leaders across the globe, and our way of work is geared directly towards achieving this. We encourage initiative and foster an environment that allows our staff to showcase their creativity, innovation,
leadership, decision making and team working skills. This principle continues to work well for our businesses across Southern Africa, because it allows all employees to take ownership of and pride in delivering the company’s results,” he said.”
Head of Human Resources for BAT Southern African Markets, Nyasha Mutsai, says that the focus is not so much on just developing policies, but making sure these policies deliver value for employees through a conducive culture.
“We strive to attract, develop and retain the best talent and we are constantly benchmarking ourselves against the best companies not only across Africa, but internationally as well. We continue to place an emphasis on talent, driving high performance and creating a winning organisation.”
In Zimbabwe, the company is chaired by Kennedy Mandevhani, while the chief executive officer is Lovemore Manatsa and Richard Morgan is in charge of financial records.
After his inauguration, President Mugabe threatened to punish foreign owned companies in retaliation for United States and European Union sanctions against his country.
Then he said “We have British and American companies here and we are treating them well. There will come a time when we will lose our patience. They have companies here, and we have not imposed controls or sanctions against them but time will come when we will say tit-for-tat. You hit me, I hit you. You impose this on me, I impose this on you.”
The president said he has plans to force more foreign companies to sell majority stakes to local investors.