LAUSANNE, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Philip Morris International (PMI) (NYSE/Euronext Paris: PM) today was named as a top employer in Europe for the third consecutive year, in recognition of the high standards of excellence in its working environment. Certification is the result of independent assessment by the Top Employers Institute, which also recognized PMI’s affiliates as a leading employer in 15 countries in Europe.
“The recognition of Philip Morris International as Top Employer is a reflection of the high standards that we hold ourselves to in our people practices, both in the EU Region and across the globe,” said Victoria Shevchuk, Vice President Human Resources EU and PMI Labour Relations. “We raise the bar every year to remain contemporary in all we do and to promote our dynamic, rewarding and truly diverse work environment, which is a critical success factor for our business.”
PMI is one of 27 companies to be named top employer regionally this year. National honors also went to PMI teams in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, UK as well as Russia and Ukraine, doubling the number of PMI affiliates ranked nationally by the Top Employers Institute compared to 2013.
“Our comprehensive research concluded that PMI and its certified affiliates provide an outstanding employment environment that offers a wide range of creative initiatives for the employees’ personal and professional development” stated Judith Oude Sogtoen, Director of International Business Development, Top Employers Institute.
PMI employs more than 82,000 people worldwide, of which approximately 15,000 are based in Europe. The company offers strong reward and recognition programs, robust training and development programs, as well as challenging career opportunities in a global and diverse work environment. In 2014 alone, nearly 1,800 of PMI’s employees worked outside their home country on an international assignment.
Top Employer certification
The Top Employer certification is awarded by the Top Employer Institute following a robust assessment, validated by the auditing company Grant Thornton, of the companies’ practices in a number of areas, including compensation and employee benefits, career development, working conditions and training and development.
About Philip Morris International Inc.
Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) is the leading international tobacco company, with seven of the world’s top 15 international brands, including the number one cigarette brand worldwide. PMI’s products are sold in more than 180 markets. In 2014, the company held an estimated 15.6% share of the total international cigarette market outside of the U.S., or 28.6% excluding the People's Republic of China and the U.S. For more information, see www.pmi.com.