Dell announced today it received CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation because of its promotion of healthy living for its employees, leading to reduced cancer risk.
To qualify, Dell gave its employees access to early-detection screenings, clinical trials, encouraged physical activity and healthy nutrition, and more.
The Harvard Business Review found that wellness programs actually can save corporations significant money on health claims, rather than simply being part of a feel-good CSR strategy. The story reported Johnson & Johnson wellness programs saved $250 million over 10 years.
Some employers have taken employee wellness a step further – starting Jan. 1, two Orlando, Fla., hospitals will no longer hire smokers.
William C. Weldon, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, the creator of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard.
“We are pleased to recognize Dell’s efforts in the fight against cancer, starting with improving the health and wellness of the company’s own employees,” he said. “CEO Cancer Gold Standard certification is further testament to Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell’s leadership and to the company’s well-deserved reputation as an employer of choice.”