Every person has the opportunity to live a healthier life. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working with GRI to improve the health and well-being of employees, families, and the communities in which they operate. Tweet This!
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to working with others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life. The private sector, especially large corporations, has a tremendous influence on culture and is key to achieving high social and health standards for employees and other stakeholders.
The Culture of Health For Business Task Force
In May 2019, a Task Force of 15 companies was launched to discuss what a Corporate Culture of Health means. The Task Force includes corporate practitioners from sustainability, human resources, occupational health and safety, health and wellness and other relevant areas, bringing together companies from various sectors.
GRI will publish a suite of knowledge tools in 2020, to help companies apply the GRI Standards to the Culture of Health for Business Framework.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
A growing number of companies recognise their ability to contribute to a Culture of Health. By recognising the importance of health and well-being across the value chain, businesses can also benefit from greater productivity and higher retention.
The GRI Standards are a powerful tool for the private sector to accrue, track and report environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and include specific health-related disclosures that may fall within the RWJF’s defined areas of “health”. These are GRI 401: Employment 2016, GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018, and GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety 2016. Other GRI Standards also contain disclosures which help understand an organisation’s impact on health.
RWJF recognises that the GRI Standards provide a good starting point to build a Culture of Health in which companies play a key part.
An advisory group will counsel GRI on developing tools, programmes, services and outreach, encourage collaboration among RWJF grantees and help ensure proper implementation of the Culture of Health for Business framework in the corporate community.
Culture of Health for Business Report
Developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this report provides a framework for companies to take a holistic approach to their impact on the health of employees, families, and communities. It includes 16 Smart Business Practices that influence key health determinants. The report was developed through direct interviews and surveys with over 100 participants from private sector companies, ESG rating and research firms, and socially responsible investors, academics and public health professionals, non-profits, pension funds, unions, and governance research and proxy advisors.
For more information about the Culture of Health for Business project, please contact Piya Baptista, Manager, Programme Implementation.
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