Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE / Euronext Paris: PM) today was recognized for the second consecutive year as a Top Employer in Africa, awarding the company's excellent work environment and commitment to creating value for its employees. This certification is the result of independent assessment by the Top Employers Institute, which has also presented national-level awards to PMI affiliate teams in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa. Since 2014, PMI has received Top Employer certifications in 35 countries. Earlier this year, PMI was recognized for the first time as a Global Top Employer. "At PMI, we aim to foster a dynamic, fulfilling and inclusive environment with endless development opportunities for our talented and diverse teams around the world," said Alejandro Lamas, PMI Vice President Human Resources, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Continued recognition of our efforts is an honor and serves as further evidence of our focus, dedication and consistency in making our company not only an innovative industry leader but also the best place to work as we move towards our exciting vision of a smoke-free world." PMI employs approximately 80,000 people worldwide. The company offers strong reward and recognition programs, robust training and development programs, and challenging career opportunities in a global work environment. In 2016 alone, nearly 1,400 of PMI's employees worked outside their home country on an international assignment in different functions of the company. Top Employer certification The Top Employer certification is awarded by the Top Employer Institute following a robust assessment validated by the auditing firm Grant Thornton. Assessment areas include compensation and employee benefits, career development, working conditions and training and development. Philip Morris International Inc. Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) is a leading international tobacco company, with six of the world's top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, including Marlboro, the number one global cigarette brand, and other tobacco products, PMI is engaged in the development and commercialization of reduced-risk products (RRPs). RRPs is the term PMI uses to refer to products that present, are likely to present, or have the potential to present less risk of harm to smokers who switch to these products versus continued smoking. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities, and industry-leading scientific substantiation, PMI aims to provide an RRP portfolio that meets a broad spectrum of adult smoker preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. For more information, see PMI and PMI Science.