Men and women have different health needs and it is important for businesses to understand and address these needs when developing company policies and programs. Studies have documented that investing in employee health reduces worker absenteeism, improves worker morale, and increases employee job commitment and productivity. It is illegal to discriminate against employees based on their health status, including HIV/AIDS and pregnancy.
Top resources for this Principle
Corporate Social Responsibility: Why Invest in Employee Health?
This document gives an overview of four different workplace models and explains how the health status of employees affects company profitability and productivity. The document also (More...)
summarizes the results of a study conducted by Peru 2021 and the CATALYST project in 2002 that looked at workplace programs, employee health, and lifestyle habits by highlighting the key health concerns of Peruvian employees. (Hide)
Questions to Consider for Baseline Heath Needs Assessment Survey
This survey by Health Enables Return (HERproject) can be used by workers, brand management and factories to assess the health needs of factory workers. Article.
The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry
This report examines rates of sexual harassment that employees in the restaurant industry have experienced (women, men, and trans* folk), and offers policy recommendations. "Women experienced (More...)
higher rates of sexual harassment than men; workers in tipped occupations experienced higher rates of sexual harassment than workers in non-tipped occupations; and workers in states where the sub-minimum wage is $2.13/hour experienced higher rates of sexual harassment than workers in states where the sub-minimum wage was higher than $2.13/hour." (Hide)
San Francisco Gender Equality Principles (GEP): Health, Safety, And Freedom From Violence: Frequently Asked Questions
This document is a compilation of frequently asked questions for Principle 3: Health, Safety, And Freedom from Violence, created by the Gender Equality Principle Initiative with (More...)
assistance from the Extending Service Delivery Project. (Hide)
The Business of Empowering Women
This report presents a case for why and how the private sector can intensify its engagement in the economic empowerment of women in developing countries and (More...)
emerging markets. The report draws on insights from interviews with more than 50 leaders and experts in the private and social sectors who focus on women's empowerment, as well as findings from a global survey of nearly 2,300 senior private sector executives, among others. (Hide)
Gender Equality Checklist for Fund Managers
This annex to the report 'Implementing Gender Equality Policies and Practices in Private Sector Companies' is a checklist that identifies gender-related and women specific issues to (More...)
be addressed by fund managers at each step in the investment cycle. (Hide)
Workplace Violence Awareness and Prevention for Employers and Employees
This guidebook can help employers and employees recognize acts of workplace violence, take steps to minimize and prevent workplace violence, and respond appropriately if it occurs. Article.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
An informational and resource center on all aspects of sexual violence. Web.
Workplace Safety Tutorials
Access an online tutorial to analyze workplace violence in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Web.
Health Enables Returns (HER) project
In 2007, Business for Social Responsibility launched the HERproject. The HERproject partners with global companies, factories, and local NGOs to improve women's reproductive health and access (More...)
to health services. (Hide)