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10/15/2021

Couche-Tard among the best employers in the world, according to Forbes

25 Canadian companies made the annual global ranking.
Michelle Warren
Editor, Convenience Store News Canada
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Alimentation Couche-Tard is one of 25 Canadian companies among Forbes’ annual list of the World’s Best Employers and the only Canadian retailer to make the list.

Of the 25 Canadian companies of the list of 750 companies worldwide, Couche-Tard stands out as the top.

"We are a people first company, and our focus is on building a diverse and empowered team that will grow with us as we strive to become the world’s preferred destination for convenience and mobility," president and CEO Brian Hannasch said in a statement. "This recognition is a testament to our 124,000 team members’ deep commitment to making it easier for our customers every day and the strength of our unique culture."

Couche-Tard landed at 384th in the list, which is compiled by Forbes using data from Statista. More 150,000 employees across different organizations in 58 countries were surveyed about every aspect of their employment experience, including working conditions, salary, potential for growth and diversity.

Throughout 2021, the majority of Couche-Tard’s workforce has been on the retailer frontlines of the pandemic supporting its communities as an essential service. In addition, the company has marked several milestones, including the global rollout of its Fresh Food Fast program, pioneering frictionless checkout experiences in Montreal and Arizona, and paving the way in electric vehicle charging solutions from its lab in Norway.

In a release, the company shared it "has also been committed to fostering its culture of growing together, providing competitive training and development opportunities, notably by investing in best-in-class gamified training and a national scholarship fund in Canada available to team members and their children."

"Every day, we are taking steps to create inclusive and safe workplaces for our teams, where we can share successes and always grow together," said Ina Strand, chief people officer at Couche-Tard. "What sets us apart are the countless opportunities across the different types of roles at Couche-Tard, from serving our customers in stores to finance, technology, mobility, marketing and more. It’s an exciting time to be part of the future with us and join a world-class team and company."

The global convenience and fuel retailer operates in 26 countries and territories where it has close to 14,000 stores and about 124,000 employees
 

Other Canadian winners include, McCain Foods, Maple Leaf Foods, Shopify and Enbridge. Click here for a full list of the winners