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Empowering Our Own

Globally, almost two-thirds of companies with effective health and productivity programmes believe they perform better than their competitors. Many CGF members know that when they focus on mitigating the impact of non-communicable diseases and make it easier for their employees to pursue healthier lifestyle choices, the company does well while the employees live better lives.

The global workforce has never been in greater need of health and wellbeing support. According to a recent report published with Kin&Co on employee health, most of the world’s 3.4 billion workers are unwell, with 76% reporting they are struggling with their wellbeing. Additionally, A Harvard University study found an average return on investment (ROI) of more than 200% on investments in employee health and wellness programmes. Common strategic objectives include improving productivity, reducing “presenteeism” (when employees are at work but not fully productive due to personal health issues) and disability costs. Workers spend most of their waking time in the workplace – about one-third of the day – making it the critical environment in which to support positive behavioural change.

The coronavirus pandemic has stressed the importance in protecting employees’ health and wellbeing, not only in the workplace but also at home, with the unprecedented numbers of employees working from home during the crisis having to deal with challenges they wouldn’t normally have to face at work, including home-schooling children, isolation, lack of structure and others.

As part of our leadership agenda, caring for our employees is key. It is focused on enabling a culture of health and wellbeing through health and wellness programmes for our people, looking into ways to help drive the industry forward in a collective effort to help employees around the world pursue healthier lifestyle choices and diets. The work goes beyond simply meeting the foundational Employee Health & Wellness Commitment to covering a holistic view on health and wellbeing, and providing strategic and practical value to the wider CGF membership and their 10 million employees.

Workforce Nutrition 

The workplace is an optimal point of intervention to contribute to the improved health and wellbeing of individuals, and through the Workforce Nutrition Alliance, co-founded by the CGF and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), organisations are coming together to support employers to adopt workforce nutrition programmes. Its goal is to positively impact three million employees in their organisations and supply chains by 2025.

Learn more about the Alliance.

Creating a Culture of Health

2020 report published with Kin&Co explores global insights on employee health and wellbeing in the consumer goods industry, one of the key themes tackled by the CGF as part of its Collaboration for Healthier Lives Coalition. The report maps out the state of health and wellbeing within the global workforce and seeks to understand the role that business can play to better ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees. 


We are entering a new phase for employee health and wellbeing with emerging issues and key learnings from the Covid-19 crisis.  Wellbeing and mental health have been described as the epidemic within the pandemic.  Our expert working group is taking the challenge to cover a holistic view on health and wellbeing, by developing KPIs to enable us to track measurable progress.

Addressing Mental Health from a Global and Local Perspective: A Guide for Employers

This 2020 report developed by the Business Group on Health, highlights practical actions that a number of CGF members have taken to address mental issues within their operations. The guide focuses on a critical issue that is especially relevant to global organisations because of its impact on employee health, wellbeing, productivity and performance and aims to help employers understand the role the workplace has in supporting employees in dealing with mental health issues, by providing practical examples of tools and strategies global employers are implementing.