Olam excels in top employer awards

Olam International has been recognised by the Top Employers Institute for the first time in 2021 for its excellence in HR practices for the Africa region.

Olam International has been recognised by the Top Employers Institute, the global authority on recognising excellence in people practices, for its excellence in HR practices for the Africa region. Operations in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, as well as the Netherlands, were also separately recognised for their HR best practices at the virtual awards ceremony held on 28 January.

The Top Employers Institute highlighted Olam as excelling in each of the assessment categories of People Strategy; Organisation & Change; Career; Digital HR; Work Environment; Employer Branding; Talent Acquisition & Onboarding; Performance Management; Learning; Wellbeing, Rewards & Recognition; Diversity & Inclusion, and Sustainability.

Jaideep Biswas, Regional Head of Human Resources, Africa, said, “People are critical to our business growth and success, and we are delighted to be recognised for our focus on attracting and developing talent across our operations in Africa. A key priority has been ensuring that we keep our people engaged by ensuring the work they do is enriching and inspiring. The recognition by the Top Employers Institute demonstrates the effectiveness of our approach to caring for our employees’ wellbeing and overall career aspirations.”

Over the past three decades, Olam has grown to become one of the largest employers in Africa with a strong emphasis on best-in-class talent practices to engage a strong and diverse talent pool to support its business operations. These certifications demonstrate Olam’s ongoing commitment to identify, attract, develop and retain skilled talent at scale using innovative approaches tailored to each country’s specific needs.

This year, the awards were presented at a virtual ceremony and brought together HR leaders and their peers to connect, inspire, and celebrate a better world of work. Organisations spanning 32 African countries have been named Top Employers 2021 in Africa for their outstanding HR strategies and people practices.

David Plink, CEO of Top Employers Institute, remarked, “In addition to the adverse impacts on global health systems and economies, businesses faced the significant hurdle of supporting their people in adapting to new ways of work. In our research, we were glad to see that Africa’s Top Employers put their employees first from the outset of the global health crisis. They responded and adapted quickly to the ever-changing situation.”

Olam has operations in 21 countries across Africa with over 19,000 full-time employees working across its food and agri-business operations.

Olam International is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed, and fibre to 25,200 customers worldwide. Its value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing, and distribution operations, as well as a sourcing network of an estimated 5m farmers.