The achievement amplifies the Group’s ongoing commitment to cultural transformation.

• Al Ghurair Investment reiterates continued alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Al Ghurair Investment, one of the largest diversified family business groups in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been recognised as a Top Employer in the country by the Top Employers Institute for 2023. The recognition, a first of its kind for Al Ghurair Investment, and for a family business in the region, marks a momentous achievement that amplifies the group’s ongoing commitment to driving cultural transformation.

The certification showcases Al Ghurair Investment’s dedication to transforming the world of work and exhibits this by surpassing traditional human resources practices. As part of the group’s Purpose to facilitate and empower meaningful change, Al Ghurair Investment has continued to ‘Enhance Life’ for the communities it serves and the employees that make it possible. Driven by its vision to deliver better, both outwards and within, the family business has cultivated an environment that encourages innovation, sparks curiosity, and nurtures ideas through mutual collaboration and partnership.

Commenting on the achievement, John Iossifidis, Group CEO, Al Ghurair Investment, said: “We are immensely proud to be recognised for our commitment towards cultural transformation and fostering an environment where people can thrive, and be their best selves, every day. This recognition is a culmination of our ongoing efforts to enhance the regional talent hub through engaging and encouraging our people to perform, learn, and most importantly, grow. Our working environment is people-centric, stable and fosters innovation – where every voice has an equal opportunity to be heard and our people are empowered to be part of the company’s legacy.”

Since beginning the Group-wide transformation journey two years ago, Al Ghurair Investment launched its ‘Fit For Future’ model and incorporated it into the organisation’s ‘Employee Value Proposition’ and talent strategy to engage and empower people along their career pathways. The programme, aligned with the Group’s commitment to supporting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 8), focuses on nurturing skills and advancing career pathways across its diverse talent base.

Debra Teles, GVP – People and Culture, Al Ghurair Investment comments: “We are honoured to be recognised as a leading company in the UAE and one that our people are proud to work for. Serving our community, valuing our people for their unique skills, and providing a psychologically safe work culture are central to our purpose as an organisation. We owe our gratitude to our people across the business for this achievement, for their continued and passionate commitment to our cultural transformation, as we strive to be better, every day. We are excited to continue to put our people first as we move into the New Year!”

Commenting on the recognition, David Plink, CEO, Top Employers Institute, said: “Exceptional times bring out the best in people and organisations. And we have witnessed this in our Top Employers Certification Programme this year: exceptional performance from the certified Top Employers 2023. These employers have always shown that they care for the development and well-being of their people. By doing so, they collectively enrich the world of work. We are proud to announce and celebrate this year’s group of leading people-oriented employers: the Top Employers 2023.”

The Top Employers Institute programme certifies organisations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. This survey covers six HR domains consisting of 20 topics including People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Wellbeing and more.

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognising excellence in People Practices. We help accelerate these practices to enrich the world of work. Through the Top Employers Institute Certification Programme, participating companies can be validated, certified, and recognised as an employer of choice. Established over 30 years ago, Top Employers Institute has certified 2 052 organisations in 121 countries/regions. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over 9.5 million employees globally.