Mercedes-Benz South Africa is committed to enriching the world of work through its employee offerings and conditions. Mercedes-Benz South Africa is committed to advancing codes of good practice, transforming the automotive value chain, and empowering people and communities.
Building the world’s most desirable cars is our core business. For over 130 years, our leading status in the automotive industry has been achieved through our people, who build the most desirable cars.
As Mercedes-Benz, our employer value proposition, “Together for Excellence” encapsulates our focus on the holistic wellbeing of our employees. As an organization operating within an industry that is undergoing transformation, our general perspectives of the workplace has also shifted.
Our transformation strategy has catalyzed a shift to the way in which we work, interact and engage with one another to ensure we maintain our position as a premium, global brand. In taking a holistic approach to enriching the world of work, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has embarked on various activities which are underpinned by eight people principles: Agility, Empowerment, Co-Creation, Driven to Win, Customer Orientation, Purpose-Driven, Pioneering Spirit and Learning.
As a Top Employer in South Africa for the seventh consecutive year, we are committed to enriching the world of work through our employee offerings and conditions. The certification achievement reaffirms our deliberate focus of being an employer of choice and the strides we make to ensure Mercedes-Benz South Africa is a great place to work.
Annually, we invest in the qualification of our employees, putting lifelong learning and continued education at the heart of the Company’s future. Between 2021 and 2022, Mercedes-Benz South Africa spent in excess of R167 million on various training programs and initiatives for its employees. The company’s development programs include: leadership development programs, technical programs, graduate development program, student internship program, disability learnerships, educational assistance program for employee children in Grade 1 – 12 and bursaries for tertiary students.
Our further employee investments range from conducive working spaces in a modern 4-star green-rated building with amenities such as meditation rooms and Moms’ Room; mobile, flexible and hybrid working models; attractive remuneration packages to international career development opportunities. Various leave benefits such as Employee Volunteer leave ensure that employees who are passionate about social responsibility are afforded the opportunity to actively participate in making a difference in our communities. Employees also have onsite access to company-funded, full suite medical services, professional consultations with experts in legal and finance, gym facilities, sports clubs and subsidized canteens.
A culture of respectful cooperation and appreciation based on integrity, diversity and sustainability drives our transformation strategy and influences our work internally and externally.
As a global company operating locally and as responsible corporate citizens, we remain dedicated to advancing the codes of good practice within the sector, transforming the automotive value chain and empowering people and communities. Our current Level 2 BBBEE contributor certification demonstrates our commitment to not only the transformation of the company, but that of the automotive industry too. To augment our transformation efforts, Mercedes-Benz South Africa also participated in the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF) as well as the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative, which are mandated to pioneer inclusive growth through access to market, funding and capacity development and work opportunities for young South Africans, respectively.
The recognition by the Top Employer Institute strengthens our Employer Branding, is a validation of our high standards and our continued dedication to create a work environment that promotes excellence.
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By Abey Kgotle, Executive Director of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Mercedes-Benz South Africa
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