Safricom Creche
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and Dr Kioko helping children with artwork at the Safaricom creche

A Forbes report has ranked Kenya’s largest telecommunications company Safaricom as the 67Th best employer globally. The report based on company image, working conditions and diversity among other criteria, Ranked Alphabet, Microsoft and the IPhone maker  Apple, as the top three employers globally.

Safaricom became the only single African company to appear in the lucrative top 100 ahead of notable global titans who included Samsung, LG, Intel, Oracle and even Dell. South Africa’s media powerhouse Naspers limited came in at number 224.

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Back in April, a report released by human resource firm brighter Monday, had ranked Safaricom alongside The UN and Kengen as some of the best companies to work for in Kenya. The telco has put in place various initiatives that have seen its workplace stand out.

Diversity, equality and investments in the community has ensured an upward trend for the business. “Today’s reality is that organisations the engage authentically with communities; those that are purpose driven, are not only more profitable, they have more sustainable futures” said Nicholas Nganga, Safaricom PLC chairman, during the launch of Safaricom foundation three-year strategy.

Safaricom has worked towards ensuring a gender balance among its workforce. In fact, by the end of last year 2,594 of its 5,085 employees were women, a rare occurrence among blue-chip companies.

From the Forbes list, US companies generally dominated the top 10 slots, four of the top 5 were tech companies, with Google’s parent company leading for the second year in a row having received a perfect score in all key criteria.

Safricom and Google
Google’s HQ at Mountain view California

Last year google announced that 25.5% of leadership positions within the organization would be filled by women. Scandal ridden Facebook was missing on the top slots and landed the 48th spot.

In the past few months, the social media giant has experienced a wave of resignations by top executives including WhatsApp and Instagram founders, largely attributed to data privacy concerns.

See the full list here: http://www.forbes.com/world-best-employers/list

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