Proudly presenting Africa’s Top Employers 2021

25 January 2021, Cape Town: This year on 25 January, 221 organisations spanning 32 African countries have been officially announced as certified Top Employers 2021 in Africa for their outstanding HR strategies and people practices.

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognising excellence in people practices. In total, Top Employers Institute has certified 1 691 organisations in 120 countries and regions for the year ahead. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over seven million employees globally.

The Top Employers Institute Certification Programme assesses the people practices of participating companies through the independently audited and fact-based HR Best Practices Survey, which covers six domains and 20 subtopics:

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges for societies across the world. It unleashed a new era of change for companies worldwide, whose survival and growth could influence the lives of millions of employees and their families.

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.”

He added that despite the challenges, it was business as usual and Top Employers were held to the same high standards as with every previous year.

“We also saw great opportunities and positive changes, including increased focus on well-being, a greater need work-life balance, and a reduction in time spent commuting,” said Plink. 

Top Employers Institute also took the opportunity to align their certification process across all regions, moving away from three separate cycles to one certification celebration globally. He concluded, “We are proud to share this year’s announcement and congratulate all Top Employers that have been certified in their respective countries at our first global virtual event bringing together over 12 000 attendees on one day, united in shaping a better world of work.”

You can view the list of this year’s Top Employers from around the world on the Top Employers Institute website:

“Congratulations to the 221 organisations that achieved the Top Employers Certification for 2021 . These high performing organisations have credibly proven dedication to creating a better world of work and this has been clearly exhibited through their excellent people strategies and practices. Africa’s Top Employers provide an outstanding workplace experience and journey empowering employees to reach their full potential” Billy Elliott, Regional Manager for Africa at Top Employers Institute.

Africa’s Top Employers 2021 are:

AbbVie South Africa – South Africa

Accenture (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

AECI Limited – South Africa

African Rainbow Minerals – South Africa

Air Traffic and Navigation Services – South Africa

Anglo American Platinum – South Africa

Anglo American Platinum – Zimbabwe

Aon Re Africa (Pty) Ltd and Aon South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Aspen Global Incorporated – Mauritius

AstraZeneca (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Ltd – Kenya

AVBOB – South Africa

AXA Egypt – Egypt

Bacardi South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

BD (West Africa) Ltd. – Ghana

Becton Dickinson (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Becton Dickinson East Africa Ltd – Kenya

Becton Dickinson Zambia Ltd – Zambia

BIC South Africa (RF) (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

bioMérieux Afrique Occidentale et Centrale – Côte d’Ivoire

bioMérieux Egypt – Egypt

bioMérieux Kenya Limited – Kenya

bioMérieux South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

BP Moçambique, Lda – Mozambique

BP Southern Africa – South Africa

BAT (Zambia) Plc – Zambia

BAT Angola Limitada – Angola

BAT Kenya plc. – Kenya

BAT Mozambique – Mozambique

BAT Nigeria – Nigeria

BAT South Africa – South Africa

BAT Uganda Limited – Uganda

BAT Zimbabwe (Holdings) Limited – Zimbabwe

Bryte Insurance Company Limited – South Africa

Cadbury Nigeria Plc – Nigeria

Cell C Limited – South Africa

CFR Freight (SA) Pty Ltd – South Africa

CHEP Namibia (Pty) Ltd – Namibia

CHEP South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

CHEP Swaziland (Pty) Ltd – Swaziland

CHEP Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe

Clicks Group Limited – South Africa

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages – South Africa

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – South Africa

Curo Fund Services (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Danone Southern Africa – South Africa

Dark Fibre Africa Proprietary Limited – South Africa

DHL (Mauritius) Ltd – Mauritius

DHL Congo SARL – Democratic Republic of the Congo

DHL Express (Rwanda) Limited – Rwanda

DHL Express Cameroon – Cameroon

DHL Express Ghana – Ghana

DHL Express Kenya – Kenya

DHL Express Madagascar – Madagascar

DHL Express Maroc – Morocco

DHL Express Namibia – Namibia

DHL Express Nigeria – Nigeria

DHL Express Senegal – Senegal

DHL Express Uganda – Uganda

DHL Express Zambia – Zambia

DHL Global Forwarding Cameroon – Cameroon

DHL Global Forwarding Egypt – Egypt

DHL Global Forwarding Nigeria – Nigeria

DHL Global Forwarding South Africa – South Africa

DHL International – Zimbabwe

DHL International (Angola) Transportadores Rápidos (Lda) – Angola

DHL International (Gambia) Ltd – Gambia

DHL International Botswana (Pty) Ltd. – Botswana

DHL International Cote d’Ivore – Côte d’Ivoire

DHL Mocambique Limitada – Mozambique

DHL South Africa – South Africa

DHL Tanzania Limited – Tanzania

DHL Worldwide Express Ethiopia PLC – Ethiopia

Dimension Data – South Africa

Discovery Limited – South Africa

Engen Petroleum Limited – South Africa

Eurafric Information – Morocco

Exxaro Resources – South Africa

EY Kenya – Kenya

EY Nigeria – Nigeria

EY South Africa – South Africa

EY Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe

Goodyear South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

HCL Technologies – South Africa

Heineken South Africa (PTY) Ltd – South Africa

Herbalife Nutrition – South Africa

Hewlett-Packard South Africa (Pty) Limited – South Africa

Hilti (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Howden Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Huawei Tech. Investment Co., LTD Tunisia Branch – Tunisia

Huawei Technologies (Côte d’Ivoire) S.A.U   – Côte d’Ivoire

Huawei Technologies (Kenya) Company Limited – Kenya

Huawei Technologies (RDC) SARL – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Huawei Technologies Company (Nigeria) Limited – Nigeria

Huawei Technologies Company Cameroon Limited – Cameroon

Huawei Technologies Egypt Co.,Ltd. – Egypt

Huawei Technologies Mali SARL – Mali

Huawei Technologies Morocco SARL  – Morocco

Huawei Technologies Senegal SARL – Senegal

Huawei Technologies Zambia Company Limited – Zambia

Huawei Technologies Africa (Pty) Limited – South Africa

Huawei Télécommunications Algeria SARL – Algeria

Imperial Brands Morocco – Morocco





Jasco Electronics Holdings Ltd – South Africa

Johnson & Johnson South Africa – South Africa

Joy Global (Africa) (Pty) Ltd part of the Komatsu Mining Corp. Group – South Africa

JTI Algeria – Algeria

JTI Egypt – Egypt

JTI Malawi – Malawi

JTI Morocco – Morocco

JTI Nigeria (Habanera Limited) – Nigeria

JTI South Africa – South Africa

JTI Sudan – Sudan

JTI Tanzania – Tanzania

JTI Tunisia – Tunisia

JTI Zambia – Zambia

Kelloggs South Africa – South Africa

Kimberly Clark of South Africa – South Africa

LAW FOR ALL – South Africa

Legal Aid South Africa – South Africa

Levi Strauss & Co. – South Africa

MAN Automotive (South Africa) Proprietary Limited – South Africa

Medshield Medical Scheme – South Africa

Medtronic Africa PTY Ltd – South Africa

Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd – South Africa

Merck (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Microsoft – South Africa

Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited – South Africa

Mondelēz Egypt Foods – Egypt

Mondelēz South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

National Lotteries Commision – South Africa

Nestlé (South Africa) (Pty) Limited – South Africa

Nestlé Central & West Africa Limited – Ghana

Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire – Côte d’Ivoire

Nestlé Kenya Limited – Kenya

Nestlé Nigeria Plc – Nigeria

Nike South Africa – South Africa

Novartis Nigeria Limited – Nigeria

Novartis Pharma Services AG, Bureau de Représentation Côte d’Ivoire – Côte d’Ivoire

Novartis South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

NVS Kenya Limited – Kenya

Olam Côte d’Ivoire – Côte d’Ivoire

Olam Ghana Ltd – Ghana

Olam Nigeria Limited – Nigeria

Olam South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

ONELOGIX (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Orange Burkina Faso – Burkina Faso

Orange Business Services – Egypt – Egypt

Orange Business Services – Mauritius – Mauritius

Orange Business Services – South Africa – South Africa

Orange Cameroun SA – Cameroon

Orange Côte d’Ivoire – Côte d’Ivoire

Orange Egypt – Egypt

Orange Guinée – Guinea

Orange Madagascar – Madagascar

Orange Mali – Mali

Orange Maroc – Morocco

Orange RDC – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Paramount Industrial Holdings (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Pernod Ricard Angola – Angola

Pernod Ricard Ghana Limited – Ghana

Pernod Ricard Kenya – Kenya

Pernod Ricard Moçambique Lda – Mozambique

Pernod Ricard Nigeria – Nigeria

Pernod Ricard South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Pfizer Biopharmaceutical Egypt – Egypt

Philip Morris Limited – Nigeria

Philip Morris Manufacturing Senegal – Senegal

Philip Morris Maroc SARL – Morocco

Philip Morris Services – BDL Algerie – Algeria

Philip Morris Services S.A Tunisia – Tunisia

Philip Morris South Africa Group of Companies – South Africa

PnS Group – South Africa

Procter & Gamble – South Africa


Rand Merchant Bank – South Africa

RCL FOODS (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

RCS Cards (Pty) Ltd. – South Africa

Redefine Properties Limited – South Africa

Richards Bay Minerals – South Africa

Sage South Africa PTY (Ltd) – South Africa

Saint-Gobain Construction Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Samsung Electronics South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Sandoz a Novartis Division – Senegal – Senegal

Sandoz South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd – South Africa

Sanofi-Aventis South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Santam Ltd – South Africa

SAP South Africa – South Africa

SAS Institute (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

Sasol Limited – South Africa

Smollan – South Africa

Sonatel – Senegal

SPIE Nigeria Limited – Nigeria

Takeda Algeria – Algeria

Tata Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

The Spar Group – South Africa

Thermo Fisher Scientific – South Africa

Tiger Brands Ltd – South Africa

Toyota South Africa Motors – South Africa

TransUnion Africa – South Africa

Unilever Côte d’Ivoire – Côte d’Ivoire

Unilever Ghana Limited – Ghana

Unilever Kenya Limited – Kenya

Unilever Manufacturing Plc. – Ethiopia

Unilever Nigeria Plc. – Nigeria

Unilever South Africa (Pty) Ltd. – South Africa

Unilever Uganda Limited – Uganda

Unilever Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd. – Zimbabwe

Vodacom Congo (RDC) SA – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Vodacom Group Limited – South Africa

Vodacom Lesotho – Lesotho

Vodacom Mozambique – Mozambique

Vodacom Tanzania Public Limited Company – Tanzania

Vodafone Ghana – Ghana

Volkswagen Group South Africa – South Africa

WesBank – a division of FirstRand Bank Ltd – South Africa


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About Top Employers Institute 

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognising excellence in people practices. We help accelerate these practices to enrich the world of work. Through the Top Employers Institute certification programme, participating companies can be validated, certified and recognised as an employer of choice. Established three decades ago, Top Employers Institute has certified grown to certify 1 691 organisations in 120 countries/regions in 2021. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over 7 million employees globally. 

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