The health and wellbeing of our employees underpin our Sustainability 2017 Vision
Our Germiston site in South Africa has firmly grasped the nettle of this key element of sustainability and is showing a strong track record for promoting health and wellness. Its Well@Work programme has been taken to a new level by an interactive approach whereby, each year, the entire workforce gets involved in designing the following year's wellness plan.
During 2011/12 the site celebrated Casual Day and Women's Month in partnership with Department of Social Development, Department of Health and ABSA Bank. The fundraising effort raised R1,000.
This was followed by Wellness Days in October 2011 when employees were offered screening for diabetes, blood pressure, body mass index and oral health. Eye tests were also available and there were links to drug awareness work done by SANCA, the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. For the third year running, financial awareness formed part of the wellness day, as the team recognises that knowing how to manage money is essential to a stress free life. Counselling for employees and family members is also available on an ongoing basis.
On World AIDS Day in November, a commemoration event was held on site, with speeches by one of the directors and guest speaker, Mr Andrew Turner, former Rugby referee.
Well@Work is a vibrant programme that is playing its part in building a healthy, sustainable workforce with a high morale. External recognition has come from a South African university linked initiative, the Healthy Company Index, which placed Johnson Matthey tenth in a survey of employee health and wellness and commented: "There appears to be a firm commitment by Johnson Matthey Germiston to offer programmes aimed at managing and improving employee health."