Merck Recognized for Workplace Health Achievement by the American Heart Association

Company achieves Gold level recognition for third consecutive year
Nov 4, 2020 4:30 PM ET
Press Release

The results of the American Heart Association 2020  Workplace Health Achievement Index have been announced and for the third consecutive year, Merck has achieved national Gold level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. Merck is one of 776 organizations that completed the Index assessment this year, evaluating the time period of July 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Of the organizations that completed the Index assessment, 35% received gold recognition, the highest percentage to date, 29% silver and 25% bronze.

The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 45 members from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index is a web-based scorecard that looks at organizational best practices and aggregates employee health data to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs. Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious AHA award for the third year, in recognition of our company’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing,” said Cathryn Gunther, associate vice president, global population health. “Our LIVE IT programs are truly making a difference in our employees’ and families holistic health and performance.”

A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data through Life’s Simple 7®,the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors. Life’s Simple 7® includes smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

Learn more about Merck’s commitment to employee health and wellbeing in the 2019/2020 Corporate Responsibility Report.