Sports company PUMA South Africa has been named Top Employer South Africa in 2021, while the parent company has been named Top Employer Europe for the second year running. This independent award highlights PUMA’s efforts to provide an attractive workplace for its employees. 

“Within the PUMA family we know this is a great place to work, but to be named Top Employer is welcome recognition from a highly respected independent assessor. It is also very rewarding to get this recognition considering the extremely challenging conditions we have all had to work under in the past year,” said Luke Barrett-Smith, PUMA South Africa GM.

PUMA was the only company from the sporting goods industry to receive the award for all of Europe in 2021. While PUMA subsidiaries in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain were also named Top Employers in 2021.

“Because of the pandemic, 2020 has been a challenging year for us all, so it is great to see that our strategy to put our employees first has been once again recognized in this way,” said Dietmar Knoess, Global Director of People and Organization at PUMA. “We will continue to look for ways to improve, so we can retain this prestigious title.”

The Top Employers Institute program certifies organizations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. This survey covers 6 HR domains consisting of 20 topics such as People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion and more.

Flexible working hours and mobile working have long been a part of working at PUMA. The company also supports employees outside of work through financial and pension planning, childcare support and provides extensive development and learning programs.