Amcor Rigid Plastics' Argentina business unit was recently recognized as one of the best employers in Argentina for 2014 by Apertura Magazine, a business magazine in Argentina. Melbourne, Australia-based Amcor was ranked fifth in the country among employers with 200 or fewer employees.
Amcor has been recognized as a top employer in Argentina the last five years and has been a Top 10 employer the last four years. Among this year's top five employers were No. 1 SAS, No. 2 MicroStrategy, No. 3 Henkel, and No. 4 Dell. "We're thrilled to receive yet another top employer ranking from Apertura magazine," said Juan Cazes, general manager of Amcor's Argentina business. "This is truly a great honor and a testament to our highly focused organizational development process which includes a strong commitment to workforce development and training."
Amcor Argentina operates two manufacturing sites in Pilar, Buenos Aires, and Ushuaia, Tierra del fuego. The two facilities manufacture polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preforms and a wide range of PET beverage containers.
The magazine employer ranking is based on responses to a 70-point questionnaire from human resource leaders from businesses throughout Argentina. The survey focused on criteria such as professional career, remuneration policy, labor context, work/life balance, and training. Also, independent questions were asked of the most senior and the most junior employees. HR directors were also asked to cite organizations that they considered to be the best managed in terms of human resource practices. A total of 400 organizations participated and only those with more than 400 points earned a ranking.
Five years ago, Amcor launched an organizational development process which was part of its overall business strategy to improve branding and increase sales. The process focused on attracting, hiring, and developing talent and re-engineering all organizational structures so that the talent pool met the organizational goals and fulfilled the business plan, according to Nicolas Sylvester, Amcor Argentina's human resource manager. Additionally, Amcor's Pilar site was recognized for going 10 years without a lost time injury (LTI) and was awarded an internal CEO award for corporate social responsibility. Meanwhile, the Ushuaia plant was recognized by the local government with a corporate social responsibility award. Reciduca, a PET recycling and student education and training enterprise, cited Amcor Argentina for its community involvement.