Leveraging Workplaces in the Fight Against Diabetes
Workplaces have long been validated as platforms for wellness advancement and chronic disease prevention through the work of the WHO, many U.S.-based workplace wellness programs, insurance companies, and the World Economic Forum. Through our pioneering Healthy Workplace efforts in India, Arogya World is making a sound investment in public health and global development.
We are working to get 100 companies in India to join our program and earn recognition as Healthy Workplaces, helping one million of those who work at these places lead healthy lives. This is a 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment from Arogya World.
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges—-implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.
Several leading organizations have joined Arogya World as partners:
- Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
- Aon plc
- Activ Doctors online
We are grateful to our 2016 Healthy Workplace, 2015 Healthy Workplace, 2014 Healthy Workplace, and 2013 Healthy Workplace winners for their efforts to fight non-communicable diseases and protect their employees. Learn more about our partners.
Healthy Workplace Criteria
Criteria that mark a workplace in India as “healthy” were developed in 2012 by Arogya World with the input of multiple stakeholders. These Healthy Workplace criteria, co-created with industry, are organized into 4 levels—Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum—and include establishing a work-life balance and shifting mind-set metrics, in addition to a workplace no-tobacco-use policy and easy access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. See the full Healthy Workplaces Criteria.
After companies formally apply for the award, a 3-person assessment team visits the site to score each company’s activities and confirm award levels. Healthy Workplaces are recognized at an annual award event, and in newspaper ads congratulating them on their achievements.
We just released two case studies of our Healthy Workplaces in India doing extraordinary work to improve mental health in the workplace. Each has tackled and successfully deployed mental health programs across their large workforce (>100,000 employees).