The FINANCIAL — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced on December 17 that it has received CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation, recognizing the organization’s extraordinary commitment to the health of its employees and their families.
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs, developed and administers the Gold Standard, a workplace accreditation program which encourages and recognizes the commitment of employers that take concrete actions to address cancer in their workplaces, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Driven by the strong commitment of the organization’s leadership, the U.S. Chamber has developed a comprehensive wellness program that has constrained health care costs, enjoyed participation by a vast majority of Chamber employees, and led to a healthier workforce.
“Wellness is something the Chamber believes in deeply and practices every day,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “We provide our staff with a number of resources to help them get and stay healthy. Why? It’s simple—it is the right thing to do for our people and, therefore, our organization.”
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to address cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an employer must: establish policies and programs to reduce cancer risk by prohibiting tobacco use and supporting tobacco cessation efforts; promote physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management; provide health insurance options that include detecting cancer at its earliest stages, access to quality care and participation in cancer clinical trials; raise employee awareness of these initiatives; and support the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.
As an advocacy organization, the Chamber spreads the wellness message far and wide. It holds an annual wellness event, has produced numerous publications to help businesses of all sizes develop successful wellness programs, and supported legislation that became law allowing employers to provide greater financial incentives to employees and family members participating in wellness programs.
“Our Talent Solutions team has long worked to promote the good policies and practices that led to the Cancer Gold Standard accreditation,” Donohue stated. “We are proud of this recognition and will continue to work to protect and improve the health and wellness of our employees and their families.”