News Release

British American Tobacco recognised as a Global Top Employer

15 February 2018

Today, British American Tobacco (BAT) is proud to announce that it has been recognised as a Global Top Employer 2018. 

Global accreditation was awarded to BAT following Top Employer certification in 35 markets and five regions (Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East), and the company is one of just 13 employers to receive this prestigious accreditation in 2018.

BAT has been certified as a Top Employer since 2009 and today’s global accreditation is in recognition of its commitment to nurturing and furthering the careers of its 55,000 people worldwide.

Giovanni Giordano, Group HR Director at BAT, comments: “Being named as a Global Top Employer is a great honour. AT BAT, we believe that people and their talent are essential to our success – and this accreditation acknowledges our focus on developing our people, and on providing an engaging, innovative and diverse place to work.

“As we work to transform our business and the industry, our culture of inclusion, performance and recognition is now more important than ever. It has never been so exciting to work at BAT, and we are delighted that our ongoing commitment to our 55,000 people, and the work that we do, has been recognised in this way.”

David Plink, CEO of the Top Employers Institute, said: “British American Tobacco belongs to a very exclusive global community of Top Employers and it’s continuously showing great achievements. The recognition of BAT’s solid performance has expanded from Europe - where they are certified for the eighth consecutive year - to Africa, Asia Pacific, and Middle East. BAT is also the first tobacco company to be recognised as a Top Employer in Latin America.

“These outstanding results have earned British American Tobacco the exclusive Top Employer Global recognition.  British American Tobacco has always been a company focused on attracting and retaining the best talent, not only offering excellent conditions, and a diverse culture and working environment, but also ensuring exciting career opportunities in their worldwide locations.”

The Top Employer certification is conducted annually by the Top Employers Institute, an independent organisation that studies the employee offerings of major employers around the world. The Top Employer certification recognises employers that provide best-in-class employment practices that allows employees to develop themselves personally and professionally, while driving business results.

Notes to editors

British American Tobacco is certified as a Top Employer in 35 countries across five regions as follows:

  • Africa (South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria)
  • Middle East (Turkey, Emirates, Jordan, Iran)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, Venezuela)
  • Asia Pacific (Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Japan, Australia)
  • Europe (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Poland, Austria and Ukraine).

Participating companies undergo a very rigorous process which includes and extensive review of employer practices across nine broad topics including Talent Strategy, Performance Management, Learning & Development, Leadership Development, Career & Succession Management, and Culture and Reward. Several validation sessions are held where evidence of these practices is provided, as well as an independent audit of the findings.

In 2016, the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index ranked BAT as the industry leader and one of the most diverse and inclusive companies to work for.

BAT was, in November 2017, listed 31st out of the FTSE 100 in the Alexander-Hampton Review of Women on Boards and in Leadership.


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