City Hall celebrates companies who show commitment to healthy staff
Businesses in London that show outstanding dedication to the health and wellbeing of their staff have been recognised in a special ceremony at City Hall.
More than 65 businesses and organisations from across the capital including Chelsea Football Club, the London Fire Brigade, and London South Bank University, had their commitment and investment in employee welfare marked through being awarded the London Healthy Workplace Charter, which is supported by the Mayor of London.
Some 27.3 million working days are lost each year in London due to sickness absence or injury1 and an estimated 914,300 adults of working age in the capital are affected by mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, with £10.4 billion lost each year to London business and industry2.
The London Healthy Workplace Charter helps organisations address some of the biggest challenges businesses face, including recruitment and staff retention, sickness absence and employee productivity. Organisations are encouraged to address those challenges by developing wellbeing programmes across a wide range of areas, including support for mental health and wellbeing, smoking, alcohol and substance misuse, improving physical activity and promoting healthy eating.
Last night representatives from the organisations taking part were presented with awards by Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bébé, who is a member of the Mayor’s Business Advisory Board.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Congratulations to all of the organisations and businesses who have been recognised through the Healthy Workplace Charter. Without a high-performing and healthy workforce, London would not be the fast-paced and successful city it is. It is great to see so many businesses and organisations showing true commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees. Their dedication to their workforce is an example of how local businesses can prosper, attract the best talent and reap the rewards of investing in their staff.”
The Mayor is committed to ensuring employers across the capital are provided with clear and easy guidance on how to improve their workplaces to enable their staff to flourish. Every organisation that signs up to the Charter is matched to a local borough lead who provides assistance with applying for accreditation. Employers who are interested in signing up to the Charter can find out more at www.london.gov.uk/healthyworkplace.
The Mayor's Good Work Standard will also support employers to adopt the very best employment standards as well as promoting flexible working cultures that enable workers to progress and fulfil their potential.
Notes to editors
- In total, 195 organisations have been accredited – which represents 319,254 Londoners benefitting from the charter.
- The Mayor is encouraging employers across the capital to sign up to his Good Work Standard to:
- Gaining accreditation as a London Living Wage employer, with all their workforce paid the voluntary London Living Wage as a minimum (the rate for 2017 is £9.75 per hour)
- Ensuring everyone in their workforce has excellent working conditions and is treated fairly, and their terms of employment are not exploitative or unlawful, such as through the inappropriate use of ‘zero hours’ contracts to exploit people in low-paid roles.
- Developing a policy around workforce health and wellbeing, and improving understanding around mental and physical health. This could include adopting the London Healthy Workplace Charter.