The International Business Community Is a Key to Better Global Health

  The International Business Community Is a Key to Better Global Health

  *Search for healthiest workplaces is sponsored by the Cigna Foundation
  *J&J, Alexandra Health in Singapore are finalists among large employers
  *Toyal America, Technica International of Lebanon cited among smaller
  *American Express, Royal Dutch Shell recognized for specialized programs
  *Award criteria based on WHO Healthy Workplace Model for Action
  *Summit hosted by Global Knowledge Exchange Network
  *UK’s Dame Carol Black announced as keynote speaker

Business Wire

LONDON & PHILADELPHIA -- March 27, 2013

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 internationalpanel
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

Large Enterprises

  *Johnson & Johnson first set health goals 30 years ago and has continuously
    improved its employee culture of health to reduce the risk of chronic
    disease, promote well-being, and sustain employee good health through 12
    programs spanning becoming tobacco-free, HIVpolicy, employee assistance,
    physical activity, stress management, cancer awareness, healthy eating,
    return-to-work,travel health and more. J&J's average annual per employee
    savings was $565 in 2009, producing a returnon investment equal to a
    range of $1.88-$3.92 saved for every dollar spent on theprogram.
  *Alexandra Health Pte. Ltd of Singapore implemented a workplace health
    strategy built on its “5 Pillars of Health” culture and designed to keep
    Singaporeans healthy and out of the hospital.

Small and Mid-Sized Enterprises

  *Technica International of Lebanon, a family business of 140 employees,
    incorporated all of its health, safety and environment initiatives under
    its Employee Satisfaction Program. Technica has shared its expertise with
    32 other companies in Lebanon.
  *Toyal America, a self-insured company, launched the “Changes that Last a
    Lifetime” program in 2009 to improve employee health and reduce health
    care costs. Toyal reversed a multi-year trend of increased health
    insurance premiums and lowered its workers compensation experience through
    multiple safety improvements.

Specialized Programs

  *American Express launched its Healthy Living program in 2009 in the United
    States and now offers it to employees and dependents in 13 countries, with
    the United States, India, UK, Mexico and Singapore being the mature
    markets. The company offers global innovation grants, which includes, in
    the UK, installing exercise bikes in a gym that generate electricity to
    power mobile phones.
  *Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands and UK created the Global Resilience
    Program in 2011, which goes beyond existing stress management programs
    into positive psychology and personal development. The in-house program is
    run by 1,132 trained facilitators and is being fully integrated into
    leadership training and managers’ annual goal setting with individual
    Shell employees.

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.

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