Rise in FTSE companies reporting on staff health

The number of FTSE 100 companies publicly reporting on employee health and wellbeing has increased by 13% in the past year, a survey has shown.

The research by employers’ group Business in the Community (BITC) found that 81% of companies now publicly report on health, compared to 68% last year. 

However, only 40% report on employee health and wellbeing in their company reports, and only one, pharmaceutical company GSK, reports on the financial impact of health programmes.

Louise Aston, director of BITC’s Business Action on Health campaign, admitted it had a long way to go to reach its target of 75% of FTSE 100 companies reporting on and measuring employee health by 2011.

Many companies are still failing to collate information on absence centrally, and only two-thirds have set improvement targets.

The Business Action on Health campaign aims to make employee health and wellbeing a boardroom issue by 2011, and has worked with the government’s Health Work Wellbeing initiative to develop standards for reporting on health at work.

The government is set to make a response next month to recommendations made in March by Dame Carol Black, who leads the Health Work Wellbeing campaign.

Business HealthCheck, a tool for measuring the impact of health and wellbeing interventions, developed by consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers, was launched alongside Black’s recommendations.

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