Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) has been named the 2019 Employer of the Year at the Federation of Kenya Employers, dislodging British American Tobacco (BAT), which had won the award for two years running.
The mobile operator emerged winner at the third annual FKE Employer of the Year Awards held on 20th September 2019. Last year, Safaricom emerged the second-best company followed by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).
Safaricom was recognized for Inclusiveness & Diversity and Effective Human Resource & Industrial Relations practice and emerged first runner’s up in the Corporate Performance, Innovation & Productivity and Workplace Environment categories.
The award, which was introduced in 2017 to promote best practices in corporate performance, people management and labour relations among employers in Kenya, was issued at the annual Gala Dinner held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi on Friday night.
“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,” said Mr Michael Joseph, Safaricom CEO.
The Employer of the Year Award evaluates an organization on various metrics including leadership & governance, corporate performance, innovation & productivity, responsible business conduct, inclusiveness & diversity, workplace environment, learning & development, and human resource practice & industrial relations.
The award comes days after the launch of the Safaricom Digital Academy, a programme that seeks to empower and train employees looking to shift to new digital careers.
Currently, Safaricom’s employee gender ratio stands at 50:50, while 2.1% of staff are persons with disabilities.