Health and Wellbeing
The path to a flourishing employee includes our continued safety progress as well as advances in health and wellbeing. This work creates the opportunity for all our employees, and their families, to live to the fullest each day.
Owens Corning has developed and implemented systems to ensure that occupational exposure potentials are recognized, understood and effectively mitigated in our global operations. Programmatically, this is achieved via a comprehensive and rigorous focus on exposure control and a classic approach to employee health surveillance screening where appropriate. As a result, there are no worker groups with high incidence of occupational disease.
Because of the success in occupational disease management, we’ve been able to focus on advancing and promoting our belief in the concept of “total worker health.” In contrast to our successful efforts in controlling/eliminating occupational disease, the relatively high prevalence of non-occupational disease threatens every employee within our global workforce. To address this burgeoning concern, we’ve created an integrated Health Living Platform designed to enhance total employee well-being. Our goal is to eliminate non-occupational, lifestyle induced disease.
The Healthy Living program is based on regional leadership with support from the company through a wellness leadership council and incorporates six pillars: Know your Numbers (for preventive health), Healthy Mind, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Tobacco Free and Financial Wellness.
Since 2008, Owens Corning has offered different resources and incentives to motivate employees to reach their health goals. In 2014, we collaborated with the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE), part of the Center for Health and the Global Environment based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to establish our global wellness baseline.Being further informed by employee feedback and information on what affects stress and wellbeing, we added the sixth pillar, Financial Wellness in 2016, expanded our commitment to all the pillars by creating aspiration teams led by key leaders, and established champions at all facilities for local program implementation, communication and education. Connecting and creating a movement for well-being is supported by interactive tools provided such as Virgin Pulse, creating a community approach for daily education, tracking and incentives for healthy living. These tools are being implemented starting in 2017, to be global in 2018.
Healthy Living Pillars
Our aspiration is that all Owens Corning employees and their families will obtain their age-appropriate preventive health screenings and immunizations annually and understand the health consequences related to their personal biometric health numbers. This includes deploying a comprehensive health screening program for all employees.
Our aspiration is that all Owens Corning employees enjoy meaningful work and life experiences in an environment that helps them flourish. This aspiration is largely driven by our leaders who foster a supportive and inspiring workplace.
Our aspiration is that all Owens Corning employees and their families are active and take action to counter the negative health consequences of low physical activity and lack of movement on and off the job. This includes educating employees about physical activity and ensuring they have access to tools and resources that promote daily movement.
We aspire to eliminate key health risks to employees and their families that result from poor nutritional education and unhealthy food choices. This team is hard at work to ensure employees are educated about nutrition-related health risks and have healthy options available to them at their work sites.
We aspire to be a company where our people live tobacco-free. We have successfully obtained a “tobacco-free” commitment date from every Owens Corning facility around the globe, and a pledge that all will be smoke-free by the end of 2018. Many of our employees have already quit smoking using resources available to them through our wellness initiatives.
We aspire to proactively help our employees confidently manage their financial lives today while preparing for the future and anything unexpected. This includes increasing awareness of current financial benefits, planning tools and other resources.
A distinguishing feature of Owens Corning’s commitment to safety, health and wellness is the leadership and successful collaborations with other leading companies and organizations in this area. We truly can learn and improve together.