Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has been named a Top Employer in South Africa for the seventh year running. For the fourth year in a row, MBSA has retained the prestigious title of Top Employer Industry Leader in the automotive category.
These honors were presented at the Top Employers Institute awards ceremony on January 19, 2023, at the Sandton Convention Centre. The annual certification is given to companies from 121 countries in six regions who have achieved excellence in employee conditions.
“Our people are an essential ingredient that contributes to the success of our business,” said Abey Kgotle, Executive Director of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, in response to the certification. “Retaining the Top Employer Industry Leader title for the fourth year in a row demonstrates our commitment to enriching the workplace through our employee offerings. This achievement reaffirms our deliberate efforts to be a preferred employer and to make working at Mercedes-Benz South Africa a rewarding experience.”
The Top Employer Certification is given to companies that have an exceptional employee focus and develop people strategies to provide the best working environments for their employees. The Institute certifies organizations based on their HR Best Practices Survey participation and results, which cover six HR domains and 20 topics such as People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being, Diversity & Inclusion, and more. The survey assesses the extent to which the topics are supported and implemented in individual companies through strategic focus, manager integration, and the use of technology.
MBSA spent approximately R165 million on various employee training programs and initiatives between 2021 and 2022. Leadership development programs, technical programs, graduate development programs, student internship programs, disability learnerships, and tertiary student bursaries are among the company’s development programs. Furthermore, the company achieved B-BBEE Level 2 status in 2022 through the implementation of programs that also support the core MBSA business. Furthermore, in order to help alleviate South Africa’s unemployment problem, MBSA participated in the Youth Employment Services (YES) initiative, a business-led collaboration with the government that provides unemployed youth in South Africa with opportunities for development and job creation.
“The Top Employer Institute recognition strengthens our Employer Branding and validates our high standards and ongoing commitment to creating a work environment that promotes excellence,” Kgotle concluded.