Caterpillar recognized for best corporate health program
CHICAGO, IL, May 23, 2007—Caterpillar, Inc., headquartered in Peoria, Ill., has received the 2007 Corporate Health Achievement Award (CHAA) from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). The award was presented May 6, during ACOEM’s annual American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) held in New Orleans, La. The CHAA, which is co-sponsored by ACOEM and GlaxoSmithKline, recognizes the best corporate health programs in America. Caterpillar was selected based on its exemplary programs and practices that protect the health and safety of employees and the communities in which they work.
Stephen Goldman, MD, Caterpillar’s Corporate Medical director, accepted the award on the company’s behalf. “We thank the College for this recognition of the culture of health that we are establishing at Caterpillar,” said Dr. Goldman. “The award signifies the deep commitment of Caterpillar to improving the health and safety of our employees, their families and the communities in which we operate.”
Safety has long been recognized as a part of the Caterpillar value and culture. Since 2000, Caterpillar’s recordable injury frequency has declined by 75 percent, and the company is well on its way to achieving its goal of reducing injuries by 90 percent by 2010. Caterpillar’s focus on safety, industrial hygiene, and medical management has resulted in an improved work environment for its employees.
On November 30, 2005, in addressing the employees, Jim Owens, Caterpillar’s CEO, illustrated the company’s commitment to protecting its workers’ health and safety. “Safety is the first thing we’re going to worry about. Your health and well-being come first – period. None of the other goals matter if, in the course of achieving them, people are injured.”
In addition, Caterpillar was selected in 2006 as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). This was the sixth consecutive year that the company was recognized by the DJSI, which uses a best-in-class approach designed to identify best practices across the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of corporate sustainability. This year, the DJSI named Caterpillar as an industry leader.
The CHAA honors and provides national recognition to North American corporations and institutions exhibiting excellence in employee health, safety, and environmental management. It also recognizes the finest health programs in America. Competing organizations are judged on their commitment to, and excellence in, creating comprehensive and innovative health and safety programs. Examiners look for measurable results in 23 quality categories covering four areas: healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy company and management and leadership.
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