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Top Employers Institute's certification programme enables organisations to assess and improve the workplace environment. Image Credit: Supplied

In 2023, Top Employers Institute certified 2 053 Top Employers in 121 countries/regions across five continents for their outstanding HR strategies and people practices, positively impacting the lives of over 9.5 million employees globally. In the Middle East, 13 companies achieved the prestigious Certification: Abbott – Alstom – DHL Express – DHL Global Forwarding, Freight – Diversey – Ecolab – GSK – HSA – Infosys – JTI – KONE – Philip Morris and Saint-Gobain.

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognising excellence in people practices enriching the world of work. The Certification Programme enables organisations to assess and improve the workplace environment. Being recognised as a Top Employer requires an organisation to pass a rigorous assessment process. Through the Programme, organisations are certified based on the participation and results of the HR Best Practices Survey, which looks at people practices based on 6 HR domains (Steer, Shape, Attract, Develop, Engage, Unite) consisting of 20 topics.

In the Middle East, there are certified Top Employers in the following countries: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, and Yemen. Amongst the Middle East countries, UAE is the one with the highest number of companies certified as 2023 Top Employer: Abbott, Airbus, Al Ghurair, Alstom, BAT, Boehringer Ingelheim, DHL, Diversey, Ecolab, GSK, HSA, Imperial Brands, Infosys, JTI, KONE, Mondelez, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Saint-Gobain, TCS, Viatris, Virtusa.

As a recognition for their dedication to creating a better world of work, the companies that receive the Certification had an opportunity to participate in an event from the Certification Celebration series, a total of 14 international events connected under the claim “On Top of the world”.

Top Employers Institute hosted their in-person certification celebration event for the first time in Dubai this year in February. In the marvelous location of Address Fountain Views Hotel, more than 150 professionals from over 17 countries came together to celebrate their outstanding achievements, to network and to share valuable HR contents.

During the celebration event, Massimo Begelle - Regional Manager at Top Employers Institute offered an exclusive preview of the World of Work Trends Report for the upcoming year. “Since the pandemic, organizations worldwide had to reinvent their workplace due to a constantly changing environment. […] Our latest trends for 2023 suggests that leaders in organizations should actively listen to their organization heartbeat, to know their needs, to be able to create a tailored Employee Experience and let a long-lasting positive impact beyond organisational boundaries.” – said Massimo Begelle.

Debra Teles - Group Vice President of People & Culture at Al Ghurair Investment, delivered an engaging speech about Employee Experience. Focusing on the same theme, but from a distinct perspective, Davide Banterla - Senior Account Manager at Top Employers Institute led an engrossing panel session with Mohammed Al-Harbi - Country Human Resources Manages at KONE Saudi Arabia, and Iyas Seidan - People & Culture M&ES Regional Director at JTI (Japan Tobacco International).

Experience the in-person Certification Celebration in Dubai by watching the aftermovie of the event here.