Optimizing employee health, safety and well-being is a priority for Actelion, as we believe that it not only benefits our employees but also helps to reduce absence-related costs, increase productivity and drive business success. We focus on preventing both work-related and non‑work-related accidents and injuries, as well as enabling employees to improve their health and well-being at work and at home.
An important part of cultivating a healthy workplace is investing in our employees’ awareness of their own health through strategies such as health screening, education, fitness, nutritional counseling and emotional health offerings. In 2016, Actelion participated in the Global Corporate Challenge® (GCC), an independent program through which teams of colleagues compete in a 100-day virtual journey around the world. Over 1,600 people (more than 60% of our global workforce) participated. Actelion secured the number 32 spot in the “World’s Most Active” global rankings, out of 1,200 organizations participating worldwide. Notably, after 100 days, 73% of the participants were walking more than 10,000 steps per day – up from 15% at the start of the challenge. In addition to exercise, the GCC offers advice, strategies and tools for improving sleep and nutrition as well as for practicing mindfulness.
We continuously work to improve our safety performance by developing programs to promote a safe and healthy workplace. These efforts are designed to minimize risks for employees and are tailored to specific work environments, such as laboratories and office areas. We seek to raise safety awareness among our employees and adopt more effective techniques to improve safe work practices. For example, all headquarter colleagues were invited to learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and to attend a refresher course on basic CPR. The Health and Safety team also hosted several events including “Eye Protection” and “Keep your Balance” days. In the US, our sales force undergoes mandatory safe driving training – including modules such as “Safe Freeway Driving” or “Deadly Distractions” – and we are pleased to report that the accident rate has been falling for 3 years.
We have numerous additional employee health and well-being programs and support services. These include stress management, on-site massages, annual flu shots, relaxation pods, fitness rooms, discounts on gym memberships and dedicated Actelion sports teams.
The health and safety data given below refer to headquarter employees. Long-term absences are capped at 30 days and prior years have been adjusted.