Maersk Line Named “World’s Best Organization For Employee Development”

Maersk Line was named the world’s #1 organisation for employee development in the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) 2016 BEST Awards — the talent development industry’s most rigorous and coveted recognition — at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on 5 October.

Central to the win was Maersk Line senior leaders’ commitment to people development and a strong partnership between Human Resources, global functions and project teams in building specialisation and functional excellence to drive Maersk Line’s strategy. This includes, among others, building and implementing leadership development, digitisation, commercial excellence, customer service and sales excellence programmes.

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“It is a great honour to be considered best-in-class at developing our people, who are the reason why we remain an industry leader,” says Ulf Hahnemann, Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are now more than ever committed to continue our world-class approach to talent development.”

This is the second consecutive win for the company, having placed fourth in the 2015 BEST Awards. This year, Maersk Line competed against nearly 150 companies from 13 countries.

Prior to the ceremony, Maersk Line and 36 other winning organisations were invited to share their best practices with other training and talent development practitioners at the “Learn from the BEST” conference.

The BEST Awards recognise organisations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through talent development. “Creating innovative, vibrant learning cultures and developing talent in ways that clearly contribute to strategic business goals, are hallmarks of ATD BEST winners,” says Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO. “They get it. Leaders in these organisations value the impact that talent development achieves, because they know that having a knowledgeable and skilled workforce drives success.”

Every organisation submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ATD about their talent development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a select group of experts in the field.

This year’s winners will be featured in the October 2016 issue of TD magazine.


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  1. I am so proud for this company that I worked with! But in reality, there are a very few really who are being given with “employee development” often times you have to fight your your way to the top, but they would always hire someone from outside to do the job versus the one who has been in the company for many years. Ask the rank-in-file employees I think this will speak otherwise

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