2019 Global Healthy Workplace Awards Finalists Profiles

Monash University

The below 2019 Global Healthy Workplace Awards Finalists will present their programmes at the 7th Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit in Melbourne, Australia 30th October – 1st November 2019, for the chance to win recognition as the company with the best workplace health programme across the globe (one in each category will be declared winner). Read their profiles below.

Large Enterprises

Hero Motocorp (India)
Hero Motocorp is the world’s largest 2-wheeler manufacturer based in New Delhi, India. The company has been offering health and wellness services to their 33,000 employees since 2002. Hero’s OHS policy ensures health and wellness is incorporated into the organisation’s business strategy. The cross-functional Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) committee safeguards the eight pillars for safe work, a healthy workforce and increased productivity. The company implements strategically driven and sustainable non-communicable disease (NCD) interventions and tobacco prohibition programs. Hero also places great emphasis on involving the community and following a sustainability based on the triple bottom line.

Marisol (Brazil)
Marisol SA is one of the leading companies in the Brazilian clothing industry with 2400 employees. In 2017 the company launched the “Programa Quero + Saúde Marisol” (Want More Health Program), which gathered existing programs into a cohesive strategy as well as launched new initiatives identified by an employee health and welfare survey. The strategy, developed in partnership with the Industrial Social Service (SESI), is aligned with Marisol’s purpose of “Creating a better future” and actively supported by the company president who suggested that all employees of the company received a bicycle as a Christmas gift as part of Marisol’s 50-year celebrations. The program is monitored mainly by 18 key performance indicators (KPIs) such as employee turnover and satisfaction, a health scorecard and Workplace Index (psychosocial indicator).

Reliance Industries (India)
The Jamnagar Manufacturing Division of the Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has been advancing the health of their 8500 employees for over 15 years. The Health, Safety & Environment policy (HSE) has been signed by Chairman, Mukesh Ambani who publicly stated that “the safety and health of personnel and protection of environment overrides all production goals”. Health and environmental responsibilities are incorporated in strategic Annual Operating Plans (AOP) for various business functions. A strong Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) culture has helped advance various wellness programs and resource with a dedicated budget. RIL tracks employee health scores, which they have been able to improve significantly overall from 2013 to 2019.


Global Prairie (USA)
Global Prairie is a global marketing firm based in Kansas City, USA, a certified Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) dedicated to cultivating a healthier world. The firm’s senior leaders promote and participate in the programs and actively contribute ideas to the heath & wellness committee. The company offers an unlimited PTO (paid time off) policy, a Sabbatical Leave policy allowing up to 8-weeks of paid time off, and team members are given 117 hours annually to volunteer with civic and non-profit organizations they are passionate about. Two full-time employees (FTEs) lead the health & wellness efforts on a day-to-day basis. Activities offered to the 75 employees include a digital health and wellness platform, a wellness reimbursement benefit (every full-time employee is given $500 annually for wellness-related expenses), biometric screening and coaching.

Swisse Wellness (Australia)
Swisse Wellness is an Australian company dedicated to making people healthier and happier through natural health products and education. Established in Melbourne in 1969, Swisse employs 350 team members globally. The company Health and Safety team has been integrated into People and Culture to improve outcomes for teams and business. The wellness pillars are mind, movement and nutrition. The company launched Australia’s first Ride to Work Scheme as the first ANZ business to offer employees a tax-deductible salary sacrifice ride to work scheme. Australian Tour De France winner, Cadel Evans, is supporting the initiative of Swisse Wellness to encourage all Australians to cycle more and have an active lifestyle. Key metrics include Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate, program participation, engagement, sick leave, retention, productivity, gender representation and leave balances.

VitaS (Belgium)
VitaS is a medium-sized enterprise of 350 employees providing elderly care services in Belgium. VitaS believes a health organization can only be achieved with healthy employees. The “Big 5” program includes five key areas: healthy nutrition, physical activity, psychological health, alcohol-medication-drugs, and smoking cessation. Self-scheduling, transparent holiday management and a reduction of working hours has improved mental health and work-life balance. Key factors leading to positive outcomes are the involvement of mixed age teams, programme ambassadors, the ownership of the work schedule, improved communication and greater management commitment.

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