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 now have more than 100 companies in India who have earned recognition as Healthy Workplaces, spanning 2.3 million employees. This fulfills 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.
In 2016, we started a Platinum Healthy Workplaces program, our highest level, to shape the culture of companies to become data-driven around the health and wellness of their employees.
We are grateful to our 2017 Healthy Workplace, 2017 Platinum, 2016 Healthy Workplace, 2016 Platinum, 2015 Healthy Workplace, 2014 Healthy Workplace, and 2013 Healthy Workplace winners for their efforts to fight non-communicable diseases and protect their employees.
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).