Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global science-led healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been recognized once more as one of the United Arab Emirates Top Employers in 2023 by the Top Employers Institute. 

Being certified as a Top Employer showcases an organisation’s dedication to a better world of work and exhibits this through excellent HR policies and people practices.

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

“Exceptional times bring out the best in people and organisations. We have witnessed this in our Top Employers Certification Programme this year: exceptional performance from the certified Top Employers 2023,” said David Plink, CEO at Top Employers Institute. “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.”

Dr. Gizem Akalin, PhD, Vice President at GSK Gulf, said: “We are immensely proud to be receiving this honour for the third consecutive year in a row. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the approach our GSK Gulf leaders take in order to create a value-based culture, underpinned by accountability, and in which employees are listened to, empowered, and cared for.. We strive to guide our talented employees to live better and develop their skillset so that they are better placed to reach their maximum potential, not just in the UAE, but in the entire Middle Eastern region.”

“At GSK Gulf, we tackle challenges experienced every single day by employees in a fast-paced, competitive environment. As such, we tailor our HR and company policies to be people-centric in order to allow employees a flexible approach in their personal and professional development,” said Sania Aftab, Human Resources Leader at GSK Gulf. “We are very honoured that our efforts have once again been recognized by such an esteemed institution.”

The Top Employers Institute programme has certified and recognised 2,053 Top Employers in 121 countries and regions across five continents.


About GSK

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company on a mission to research, develop, manufacture and market innovative medicines and vaccines to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together. GSK has a 300-year global legacy, and for more than 65 years has been operating, employing and investing in the Gulf Cooperation Council region. For more info, please visit Home | GSK.

About Top Employers Institute 

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 2 053 organisations in 121 countries/regions. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over 9.5 million employees globally.  
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