Top Employers Institute Opens First U.S. Office and Launches Americas Headquarters, Announces Top Employers USA 2016 Certified Companies

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Top Employers Institute, which certifies leading employers around the world for company-wide excellence in human resource management, announced Top Employers USA 2016 certified companies during the Top Employers Americas Gala in Washington, D.C., last night. Top Employers Institute also announced the opening of its first office in the U.S. in Alexandria, Virginia, which will serve as the organization’s Americas headquarters.

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An exceptional commitment to nurturing and developing talent throughout their organization and maintaining a wide range of HR initiatives aligned with their company culture allows these outstanding organizations to grow, develop, and maximize performance.

Top Employers Institute, which certifies leading employers around the world for company-wide excellence in human resource (HR) policies and practices, announced Top Employers USA 2016 certified companies during the Top Employers Americas Gala in Washington, D.C., last night. Top Employers Institute also announced the opening of its first office in the U.S. in Alexandria, Virginia, which will serve as the organization’s Americas headquarters.

The Top Employers USA 2016 companies are: BSH Home Appliances, Chiesi USA, DHL Express, Dimension Data, Faurecia USA Holdings, JT International USA, Orange Business Services-USA, Saint-Gobain North America, Tata Consultancy Services, Technip USA and Valeo North America.

“The Top Employers USA 2016 certified companies opened their doors and allowed us to analyze and validate through our comprehensive research that they are among the best of the best in human resource policies and practices that support talent, growth and expertise,” said Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink. “An exceptional commitment to nurturing and developing talent throughout their organization and maintaining a wide range of HR initiatives aligned with their company culture allows these outstanding organizations to grow, develop, maximize performance and attract and retain the best talent.” Among the elite companies around the globe that have earned Top Employers certification are Accenture, BASF, ING Group, Pepsico, Pfizer, SAP, General Motors, Samsung, Volkswagen and Unilever.

During the certification ceremony, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones welcomed Top Employers Institute and helped honor companies from throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America that earned Top Employers certification this year.

“As we work to build a new Virginia economy, we are strategically driving change and thriving in a global environment that demands flexibility and innovative leadership,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We have made it a top priority to educate and train 21st century workers so they have the right skills to fill the jobs that are in demand today and those that will be needed in the future. Top Employers Institute is advancing excellence in workplace practices and policies, and we are proud that this organization has chosen Virginia for its U.S. and Americas headquarters.”

Top Employers certification is awarded each year to a select group of employers that demonstrate forward-thinking HR practices, have exceptional employee offerings, and foster an employee environment that promotes the personal and professional development of its employees.

Companies earning Top Employers certification must complete a rigorous research and evaluation process that includes assessment of over 600 HR best practices in the following nine areas: Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, On-Boarding, Learning & Development, Performance Management, Leadership Development, Career & Succession Management, Compensation & Benefits, and Culture. Following validation and an independent external audit, performance scores are rated against an international standard of excellence and only those employers that achieve the required level earn the right to be recognized among an elite group of employers worldwide. Every company participating in the certification process, whether or not they achieve certification, receives comprehensive feedback.

“Aligning talent to the values of your organization and your business goals treats HR and its leaders as a key strategic partner and driver of the business and its success,” said Plink during the certification dinner. “Identifying the best HR policies and practices and actively benchmarking employee development are the standards by which talent is developed both locally and globally, and your leadership in shaping the careers of your teams will have impact for years to come.”

Top Employers Institute has been certifying employers worldwide for excellence in HR best practices that advance the development of employees since 1991. Top Employers, which certifies employers at the country, continental and global levels, began awarding Top Employers USA certifications in 2015.

About Top Employers Institute
Top Employers Institute, headquartered in the Netherlands and founded in 1991, is an independent organization that certifies excellence in HR practices and the environment employers have in place for employees to advance their development. For 25 years, Top Employers Institute has certified exceptional employers around the world with its annual Top Employers Global, Top Employers Continental, and Top Employers Country certifications. In 2016 alone, Top Employers Institute has certified more than 1,100 companies in 100 countries. Top Employers opened its Americas headquarters in Alexandria, VA in 2016. In 2015, Top Employers entered into a strategic global partnership with U.S.-based HR Certification Institute, the premier credentialing organization for HR professionals worldwide to expand the global reach of both organizations in a shared mission to raise the level of excellence of the human resource management profession.
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