Supporting this vision is our goal to have active wellness programs at 100 percent of our facilities globally by 2025. In 2018, 58 percent of our locations with 50 or more employees had a wellness program. The decline from 2017 was due to the addition of newly acquired sites.
We have encouraged and supported the creation of local wellness programs for almost 20 years to:
- Foster greater employee engagement in the process;
- Provide a mechanism for active disease management;
- Reduce health care costs in the United States;
- Reduce the incidence of chronic diseases among our people;
- Lower productivity costs;
- Provide ways for our people’s families to become involved and educated;
- Keep our people healthy, productive and at work; and
- Improve quality of life after retirement.
Our approach to wellness is based on our Four Wellness Absolutes – nutrition, exercise, health screenings and mindfulness/stress management – that research identified as key to our people’s overall well-being. Every wellness program and tool we offer addresses one or more of these absolutes to help our people benefit from lifestyle improvements.
Each of our sites is expected to have a wellness committee and wellness champion to communicate our wellness messages and implement the various global, regional and local programs. The corporate PPG Wellness Council and the wellness subcommittee to our corporate Sustainability Committee set the overall strategy and track our progress globally.
In 2018, we conducted an analysis of our wellness strategy to determine if it remained valid and to identify any gaps. This initiative confirmed that our focus on the regional and location levels is the most effective approach, and we bolstered regional representation on the PPG Wellness Council to reflect this. We are also working with specific locations that do not have an active wellness program to understand and then overcome the barriers to creating one.
Guiding our sites to wellness excellence and recognizing superior performance is the following suite of tools:
Empowering our locations to determine the best wellness initiatives for their employees, sharing their successes globally within PPG and recognizing their achievement are the cornerstones of our culture of wellness.