About us
About us

Recognizing the world’s leading employers

Hello. We are the Top Employers Institute. We are the global certification company recognizing excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people.

Identifying Top Employers around the world for more than 25 years.

At the Top Employers Institute, we’re dedicated to helping organizations with world-class employee conditions become recognized for the great employers they are, which in turn helps them advance.

Our Certification Programs, focused on HR facts, enable us to identify and call attention to great employers anywhere in the world. Top Employers benefit from our objective certification methodology to assert their differences as an excellent employer, and use our exclusive communication tools to say it loud!

They also use our distinctive insights of the world’s best HR practices to stay on top of HR developments.

Develop. Always.

Since we were founded in 1991, hundreds of enterprises have joined us, creating a community of more than 1,200 Top Employers across 116 countries today. Together, we are positively impacting the lives of over 5,000,000 employees and we look forward to growing that figure. After all, our motto is: Develop. Always.

Our Executive Team

David Plink, CEO

David has focused his career on helping people make informed occupational decisions. He has worked in recruitment advertising and for various leading online and print recruitment media. Furthermore, he has gained market research experience with AC Nielsen US. David holds an MBA from Berkeley and a Masters from the University of Leiden. As the CEO, David is responsible for general management within the Top Employers Institute.

Hans Rothweiler, Member of the Board

Hans is responsible for Certification, Research and Innovation. He has an extensive background in change management, HR research and business development. Hans has a Master’s degree obtained from Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Robert Schaefer, Member of the Board

Robert takes care of operational responsibilities for various Top Employers’ operations across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Robert joined the Top Employers Institute in 2003 and offers his vast experience in business development of HR-related services, as well as intercultural management. When he is not traveling the continents, Robert is based in Germany.

Join one of our teams and make a real difference to the world of work.