KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Bhd has become the first South-East Asian company to make it to the list of the Global Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders (TCFL).
The TCFL, which global talent, retirement and health solutions provider Aon Hewitt began in 2001, is believed to be the most comprehensive global research on leadership in the market, examining the link between leadership practices and financial results.
“It is indeed a privilege to be the first Malaysian company to be ranked among international peers of such exceptional calibre,” Sime Darby president and group chief executive Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh said in a statement.
“At Sime Darby, our employees are our greatest asset and we prioritise investing in sustainable leadership development to drive operational excellence. This award affirms our unwavering determination and aspiration to develop high performing leaders,” he said.
This year’s winners were selected and ranked by an expert panel of independent judges based on a number of criteria, including strength of leadership practices and culture, examples of leader development on a global scale, alignment of business and leadership strategy, company reputation, business and financial performance.
“In today’s complex and unpredictable business landscape, Top Companies for Leaders are passionate about cultivating resilient and engaging leaders who take the time to know and develop their talent and understand what experiences they need to rise above the rest,” said Aon Hewitt global talent practice leader Pete Sanborn, “We congratulate Sime Darby Bhd on being among a select group of organisations that excel at building and growing a strong leadership environment.”
Mohd Bakke said that as part of the assessment by Aon Hewitt, the Sime Darby group was found to possess strong organisational alignments at both the top management and operational levels.
“This is certainly a competitive advantage for us, as alignment is critical to achieve consistency in performance,” he said.
“Participating in this study has also enabled us to gain valuable in-depth perspectives of our own practices as we are benchmarked against other global organisations. We have gained a better understanding of how we fare amongst our peers. This provides us with an avenue to improve and strengthen our capabilities and processes,” he added.
The conglomerate, founded in 1910, joins the ranks of illustrious organisations such as General Electric Company (the United States), IBM (the United States), Hindustan Unilever (India), The Proctor & Gamble Company (the United States) and Novartis AG (Switzerland), which are among the 25 winners of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders 2014 global award.
In line with the group’s strategic growth plans, Sime Darby in 2010 embarked on a five-year human resources transformation journey with three primary objectives: foster strong individual and organisational performance; focus on talent and leadership development; and effectively identify, attract and retain needed talent.
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