November 12, 2018
Arogya World, a global health non-profit organization, today named 15 progressive companies as Healthy Workplaces for 2018. The companies are recognized for their emphasis on chronic disease prevention in the workplace setting. The 15 companies come from a variety of sectors across India, in the sixth year of a powerful public health program. This brings the total number of Healthy Workplaces that Arogya World has recognized to date to 116, with a workforce of about 2.5 million employees.
Arogya World also recognized 7 companies as Platinum, the highest level of its Healthy Workplace program, bringing the total in this category to 29 companies to date, with a workforce of approximately 750,000 employees. This invitation-only effort recognizes companies for quantitatively tracking employee health, and scores them for leadership and commitment to employee health. In addition, one company is also being recognized as a “Tobacco Free Worksite”, bringing the total number to 3 companies to date in this category.
All these leading public and private sector companies, which span across healthcare, IT, manufacturing, consumer goods, energy and infrastructure, will be recognized as Healthy Workplaces in front of their peers and thought leaders on Nov 14, 2018, at Arogya World’s annual Healthy Workplace Conference and Award event in Bangalore.
“We are pleased the momentum behind this program is increasing and the workplace is being leveraged as a platform for change,” said Nalini Saligram, Founder & CEO, Arogya World. “We congratulate all 2018 Healthy Workplaces. By partnering with us, these winning companies have declared a genuine interest in workplace health, and we look forward to working with more companies to make a real difference in the health trajectory of future generations in India.”
Healthy Workplaces 2018
GSK Pharmaceuticals Limited, Nashik
Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies (GILAC)
Grasim Industries Ltd. – Epoxy Division , Vilayat
Mahindra Group Corporate Office
GSKCH Corporate Office and Nabha Patiala Plant
Amara Raja – Karakambadi, Tirupati & Nunegundlapalli, Chittoor
Torrent Power Ltd. Sugen Mega Power Project
Bunt Sangha's S.M.Shetty International School & Junior College
Sintex Industries Limited
Sintex – BAPL Limited
Bunt Sangha's S.M.Shetty High School & Junior College
Nuvoco Vistas Corp. Limited
GSK Pharmaceuticals Limited Vemgal
National Hydro Power Corporation Ltd. NHPC
Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. Dehradun, ONGC
These companies met Arogya’s key criteria (http://arogyaworld.org/healthy-workplaces-criteria/) and completed a formal assessment and site visit. For a complete list of Healthy Workplaces see: http://arogyaworld.org/programs/healthy-workplaces/
2018 Platinum Companies
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Automotive Sector
Amara Raja – Karakambadi, Tirupati
GSK Consumer Healthcare Limited, Sonepat
Hero Motocorp Ltd.
Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd.
The 7 Platinum companies of 2018 are data driven and have shown promising results over the last two years:
28% reduction in smoking or tobacco use
48% increase in employees who exercise regularly
25% reduction in those who had difficulty sleeping
30% reduction in stress
17% increase in those that completed health risk assessments.
3.9% reduction in average recorded blood pressure and more than 14% reduction in triglycerides.
Tobacco Free Worksite
Arogya World’s 2018 Tobacco Free Worksite recognition goes to Exide Industries Limited, Hosur, which worked hard to implement a comprehensive and structured series of steps to qualify for this award
About Arogya World
A global health non-profit organization, Arogya World (www.arogyaworld.org) and its India affiliate, Arogya World India Trust, work hard to prevent non-communicable diseases, NCDs, – diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and chronic lung diseases – through health education and lifestyle change. Arogya World targets workplaces for chronic disease prevention because work is where so many people spend a large part of their day.
Context: An estimated 20 percent of Indians have at least one chronic condition. Some 70 million Indians live with diabetes, and one million die from it each year. Indians develop type 2 diabetes in their 30s and 40s, at the peak of their productivity, and 10 years earlier than most Westerners, making the public health burden in the country truly alarming. It is expected that there will be 869 million working-age Indians by 2020, making workplaces a smart platform for tackling NCDs.
According to the World Health Organization, NCDs are largely preventable with lifestyle changes – 80% of heart disease, 80% of diabetes and 40% cancer can be prevented by avoiding tobacco, eating healthy foods, and increasing physical activity.