SPAR Netherlands named Top Employer for third consecutive year

February 6, 2024 IN THE CATEGORY: People

For the third consecutive year, SPAR Netherlands was awarded Top Employer status. This international recognition, awarded annually by the Top Employers Institute, underlines SPAR Netherland's dedication to good employment practices.

400+ HR criteria audited

The Top Employers Institute, known for its globally recognised programme, supports organisations in evaluating, comparing, and optimising their work environment, based on over 400 HR criteria. Only a select few companies that excel in all essential aspects during the rigorous audit receive the certification.

SPAR Netherlands was again awarded its Top Employer status for its outstanding performance in diverse areas. These include talent management, business strategy, work environment, and the promotion of diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.

Marie-José Rutten, Director of HR & Organisational Development at SPAR Netherlands said: “Despite these challenging times, we took another great step last year. For example, by investing in the areas of involvement, self-management of development and vitality”.

Shared vision

John van der Ent, CEO SPAR Netherlands, highlighted that everyone in the organisation shares the vision of the company as a good employer. “At SPAR, we believe fully in being a good employer. A lot of work and time is dedicated to ensuring this recognition is deserved and to its retention. The results of our efforts prove that being a good employer benefits everyone. Our culture and working atmosphere reflect what we stand for and how we all work together. The fact that we are performing better than the benchmark reflects this.”

Continuous progress

In 2024, important themes are again on the agenda, continuing the momentum gained in the past few years. The company will continue to take steps in the areas that determine the happiness at work of employees, such as mental wellbeing and togetherness.

Source: SPAR Netherlands

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About SPAR Netherlands

The SPAR brand was founded in the Netherlands in 1932 by the Dutch wholesaler Adriaan van Well. It was established as a voluntary chain of grocers under the name DESPAR – an acronym of a slogan created by van Well to describe the organisation: Door Eendrachtig Samenwerken Profiteren Allen Regelmatig. SPAR Netherlands’ main distribution centre in Waalwijk supports licensed independent retailers operating throughout the country.