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Is the international business community a key to better global health? The answer is yes, judging by the overwhelming response by companies vying for recognition at the inaugural Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit to be held in London April 10-12. The search for the healthiest workplaces in the world is sponsored by the Cigna Foundation and hosted by the Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) together with International Health Consulting and i-genius, whose common goal is to promote awareness of emerging better practices in health promotion and wellness in the workplace.
Global corporate giants together with small and mid-sized companies from 28 countries submitted workplace programs for consideration among the world’s healthiest workplaces. The submissions were reviewed by an international panel of public health experts from five continents who judged the workplace programs – for the first time – through the lens of the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Workplace Model for Action. The WHO has identified the international business community as a vital component of developing and maintaining healthy communities around the world. Employers heeded the call and have developed far-reaching programs to help their employees and the communities they serve maintain good health.
“All industrialized nations are faced with the same workplace health challenges: escalating health care costs, aging populations, a dramatic rise in chronic disease, public expectations and limited resources to meet those expectations,” said David Guilmette, President of Cigna's Global Employer Segment. “Each business – and each nation – is working to constructively tackle these challenges, but imagine the power of collaborating to address these challenges together. That’s the reason we’re all coming together in London for the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit.”
Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health, England, will serve as keynote speaker for the Summit, joined by distinguished speakers including Evelyn Kortum, Technical Officer of Occupational Health for the WHO. The Summit has attracted more than 100 employers of all sizes, health system leaders, universities, NGOs, world-renowned award judges and speakers – along with six companies representing award finalists in three categories. Here are the finalists.
Small and Mid-Sized Enterprises
The award finalists will present their programs amid a two-day Summit agenda packed with information on emerging and better practices for promoting workplace health, from addressing the aging employee population to protecting workers’ mental health and fighting chronic disease among the world’s workforce. The award winners will be selected at the Summit and announced at the closing lunch on April 12.
“Together, we’re all searching for the healthiest workplaces in the world, and this event is an important step in helping us learn what it takes to create a healthy workplace and how other organizations can do the same,” said Jon Comola, executive director of GKEN. “Through sustained global communications to large, medium and small businesses, we will enable organizations around the globe to replicate these better workplace practices. The Summit and follow up communication program will encourage employers to further invest in the health of their employees and champion the mantra, ‘Good Health is Good Business!’” Comola said.
For more information, go to www.globalhealthyworkplace.com
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