BATN bags top em­ployer award


THE Bri­tish Amer­i­can To­bacco Nige­ria has been of­fi­cially recog­nised as a top em­ployer in Nige­ria by the Top Em­ploy­ers Institute for the year 2020.

The recog­ni­tion was given to the to­bacco com­pany at a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion din­ner held in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, on Novem­ber 21, 2019, a state­ment from BATN in­di­cated on Tues­day.

Top Em­ploy­ers Institute CEO, David Plink, while con­grat­u­lat­ing the com­pany on the award, said, “To be­come recog­nised as a top em­ployer, an or­gan­i­sa­tion will have to prove that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of their peo­ple strate­gies en­riches the world of work of their em­ploy­ees.

“The cer­ti­fied par­tic­i­pants are a shin­ing ex­am­ple of ded­i­ca­tion to peo­ple prac­tices as they con­tin­u­ously com­mit to em­pow­er­ing their em­ploy­ees for a bet­ter world of work.”

The institute also noted that or­gan­i­sa­tions cer­ti­fied as top em­ploy­ers ded­i­cated them­selves to pro­vid­ing the very best work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for em­ploy­ees through their pro­gres­sive peo­ple-first hu­man re­source prac­tices.

While ac­knowl­edg­ing the recog­ni­tion, Hu­man Re­sources Di­rec­tor, West Africa Area, BATN, Temi­tope Akin­sanya, re­marked, “It is a real priv­i­lege to be se­lected among the top three coun­tries in Africa for such a pres­ti­gious award.

“It demon­strates pride we have in her­itage, the drive the our to out­per­form and de­liver de­spite un­cer­tain­ties, and the abil­ity to strike a bal­ance be­tween work and life.”

Speak­ing fur­ther, Akin­sanya said, “This award clearly demon­strates our ad­her­ence to in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices and ex­cel­lence. It is also a re­flec­tion of our re­silience and com­mit­ment to the wel­fare and over­all de­vel­op­ment of our em­ploy­ees, which makes BATN a great place to work in.”

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the Top Em­ploy­ers Institute, which was es­tab­lished more than 28 years ago, is the global author­ity on recog­nis­ing ex­cel­lence in peo­ple prac­tices and ac­cel­er­at­ing these prac­tices to en­rich the

world of work.

The state­ment read in part, “The Top Em­ploy­ers Institute cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme is a rig­or­ous process through which a par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pany can be val­i­dated, cer­ti­fied and recog­nised as an em­ployer of choice.

“It has cer­ti­fied and recog­nised more than 1,500 top em­ploy­ers, in more than 118 coun­tries/re­gions across five con­ti­nents, who pos­i­tively im­pact the lives of over six mil­lion em­ploy­ees glob­ally,” it added.

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