City of London takes lead in tackling workplace health
The plan will be rolled out not only in the Square Mile, but across the country.
In the Government’s 2010 whitepaper, Healthy lives, healthy people, workplace health was identified as a national priority. The City of London Corporation has committed to harnessing the expertise of both large and small companies in the City, encouraging them to engage with the issues and pooling insights in order to create improvements in the health and wellbeing of City workers.
The Corporation’s dynamic response has led to it commissioning extensive research to identify the healthcare needs of City workers and draw out lessons and examples of best practice that will be relevant at a national level. The research programme will culminate in a Business Healthy Conference in March 2014, featuring prominent speakers and prestigious guests of honour from the City.
This topic is eminently relevant following the recent death of a Merrill Lynch intern and renewed commitment from City financial institutions to end the “working-all-hours” culture. An international banking union, UNI Finance, recently described pressure on workers as a looming crisis for the financial services industry, so it is crucial to the future of London as a global business centre that the issues are addressed.
Rev. Dr. Martin Dudley, chairman of the City of London’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, explained, “Getting a grip on workers’ health is a vital task for successful companies. The challenge involves tackling fundamental, but often underestimated, issues which go to the heart of business success and social responsibility – and which should be high on the radar of every chair or chief executive. We expect the research to point the way forward with regard to best practice in workplace wellbeing.”
Dr Penny Bevan, director of Public Health for the City of London, added, “As part of this initiative we have created the Business Healthy Circle, a group of leaders in the City who want to create improvements in the health and wellbeing of their workers. Our city’s board level executives must be committed to making a difference, leading from the top down, as this will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the future sustainability of business in the City.”
The conference is designed for leaders from all sizes of company or organisation with staff working in the City of London. It will be of special interest to chairs, chief executives and board level leaders with responsibility for the health, wellbeing and safety of staff as well as reputation management. The outcomes are expected to resonate across public and private sector organisations across the UK.
Business Healthy Conference - 11 March 2014 - Mansion House, City of London. For more information visit www.businesshealthy.org