UK linked companies come out on top in Kenyan Employer of the Year Awards

Safaricom are crowned Overall Winner of the 2019 Employer of the Year Awards. Photo: Twitter/FKEKenya Three companies with a British connection have been ranked as top employers in Kenya by Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE).

Safaricom, East African Breweries Ltd and Standard Chartered Bank took home the top three prizes in the Kenyan Employer of the Year awards on Friday 20th September at Radisson Blu Hotel.

The award which is now in its 3rd edition ranks organisations on their leadership and governance, co-operate performance, innovation and productivity, responsible business conduct, inclusiveness and diversity.

It is also considers workplace environment, learning and development and human resource practice and industrial relations.

Safaricom, part owned by British mobile network operator Vodafone was crowned the overall winner with Chief Executive Officer Michael Joseph saying the award was majorly aligned to how they deal with their customers.

“We continuously look to improve the workplace through a unique employer value proposition and an inclusive culture. This recognition would not be possible without our customers and partners, who enable us to live out our purpose of transforming lives,” he said.

Safaricom’s employee gender ratio stands at 50:50 and 2.1 percent of staff are persons with disability for which was the company recognized in the Inclusiveness & Diversity category. In addition, the company were praised for their Effective Human Resource and Industrial Relations practice and crowned first runner’s up in the Corporate Performance, Innovation and Productivity and Workplace Environment categories.

First runners-up were East African Breweries Ltd which is owned by British company Diageo with the Kenya division of UK multinational banking and financial services company Standard Chartered PLC named as second runners-up.

More than 127 companies from various sectors including manufacturing, Health, Energy, Telecommunication & Technology, Banking, NGOs, State corporations, and agriculture took part in the event whose ratings were carried out by PriceWaterCoopers.

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