Companies that emphasize strong health and safety environments outperform their peers in the market, suggests a new report. It provides evidence that health, wellness, and safety programs not only reduce workers' comp and other health-related costs but may actually lead to better financial performance.
"Evidence seems to support that building cultures of health and safety provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace," says the report. "A portfolio of companies recognized as award winning for their approach to the health and safety of their workforce outperformed the market."
The research was published in the September issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. While the study does not conclude that a health and safety culture is the cause of better financial outcomes, "results consistently and significantly suggest that companies focusing on the health and safety of their workforce are yielding greater value for their investors as well," the report says.