The basis for the awards criteria is the WHO Healthy Workplace Framework, which is specifically targeted to employers worldwide and intended to create greater awareness of workplace health and encourage workplaces to implement programs following the WHO model. The WHO model covers four main avenues of influence: physical work environment, psychosocial work environment, personal health resources and enterprise-community involvement. Awards will be given in three categories: large employers, small and medium-sized enterprises and organizations that excel in one of the four areas of the Healthy Workplace model.
The two-day summit will include the identification of emerging and better practices. The finalists will have an opportunity to share ideas with the summit’s attendees. The second day will be devoted to presentations and dialogue related to workplace and community health among global business and health leaders.
The recognition of the importance of workplace health promotion programs has evolved over the past half century and today is recognized as essential to improving the health and well-being of workers and communities around the world. Improving the health of the workforce not only improves the health of the community, but raises productivity and reduces cost to the organizations that employ such programs. Today, successful workplace programs have been recognized as an integral part of addressing the growing worldwide epidemics of diabetes, hypertension, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise that threaten the global population today as much as hunger did in previous centuries. For more information and to submit an entry for consideration, go to www.globalhealthyworkplace.com
About the Cigna FoundationThe Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.