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London takes the lead in tackling workplace health

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In a Government 2010 whitepaper, “Healthy lives, healthy people”, workplace health was identified as a national priority. The City of London Corporation has now committed to harnessing the expertise of both large and small companies in the City, encouraging them to pool insights in order to create improvements in the health and wellbeing of City workers.

The Corporation has also commissioned 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.

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.

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.”

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