International SOS – Johannesburg, Angola, Nigeria and Ghana have been awarded the prestigious Top Employer AFRICA Certification

22 November 2019 ,  —

International SOS, the world’s leading medical and security risk services company, received the Top Employer certification at a glittering ceremony and gala dinner held at the Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg on the 21st Nov 2019.


This certification cements the company’s’ commitment towards Duty of Care, its responsibility towards being a sustainable employer and recognises its accomplishments in providing the highest standards in employee conditions in these respective countries.


Following its award as Top Employer in South Africa 2018, International SOS has now extended its footprint into Africa, by attaining the Africa Top Employers Certification. To be recognised for this award, they had to be the Top Employer in at least four countries in Africa.


The Top Employer Institute recognises organisations whose innovative values create a productive work place environment, that maximises the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement, retention and invest in training and reward performance.

Chris Wiese, Regional Human Resources Director: Africa at International SOS said  “We are very pleased with being awarded such a top honour by Top Employers Institute. This certification is testament to our continuous commitment to fostering our employee’s growth and development. We strive to ensure that our employees are engaged and passionate about what we do, by living our values, passion, care, respect and expertise”. Even more so, we are proud of extending our footprint into Africa, proving that we are indeed a global renowned leader, especially in Africa.


Crucial to the Top Employers process is that participating companies must meet the required high standard, as such the endorsement is attained through a stringent certification process evaluating internal HR policies and procedures and is awarded to companies that achieve the highest standards of excellence in employee conditions.


The process includes participation in the HR Best Practices Survey: a comprehensive analysis of the organisation’s Human Resources environment and strategy and covers 600 HR practices across Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, Talent Acquisition, On-boarding, Learning and Development, Performance Management, Leadership Development, Career and Succession Management, Compensation and Benefits, and Culture.


Philippe Couturier, Regional General Manager Africa commented, “Our values “passion, expertise, care and respect” inform every aspect of our company including our employer value proposition and strategic business objectives. We have not only met our vision of becoming a leading employer of choice in South Africa, but also in our region, Africa.” An employer who cares deeply about the company and its mission, can inspire employees to feel the same way, making the workplace more pleasant for everyone. ... We strive to be a good employer that tells employees when they're doing a good job, but also regularly gives them advice on how they can improve.

International SOS strongly believes that HR fulfills a strategic role within an organisation and it is on this basis that the organisation entered the Top Employer certification. Each year the awards set new benchmarks for visionary companies to pursue. As a region in Africa we are proud to be awarded and will work even harder to achieve even better results.


Notes to Editors

About the International SOS Group of Companies

The International SOS Group of Companies is in the business of saving lives, protecting your global workforce from health and security threats. Wherever you are, we deliver customised health, security risk management and wellbeing solutions to fuel your growth and productivity. In the event of extreme weather, an epidemic or a security incident, we provide an immediate response providing peace of mind. Our innovative technology and medical and security expertise focus on prevention, offering real-time, actionable insights and on-the-ground quality delivery. We help you meet compliance reporting needs for good governance. By partnering with us, organisations can fulfil their Duty of Care responsibilities, while empowering business resilience, continuity and sustainability.


Founded in 1985, the International SOS Group is trusted by 12,000 organisations, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500, multi-national corporate clients and mid-size enterprises, governments, educational institutions and NGOs. 10,000 multi-cultural medical, security and logistics experts stand with you to provide support & assistance from over 1,000 locations in 85 countries, 24/7, 365 days.   

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