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About the Gold Standard

CEO Roundtable on Cancer

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of leading CEOs, was founded in 2001 when the 41st President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives, then led by Robert A. Ingram, CEO of Glaxo Wellcome, to “do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families.”

Members of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer work collaboratively to develop and implement initiatives that reduce the risk of cancer, enable early diagnosis, facilitate access to the best available treatments, and hasten the discovery of novel and more effective anti-cancer therapies in an effort to eliminate cancer as a personal disease and public health problem.

CEO Cancer Gold Standard

A no-cost workplace wellness accreditation program established in 2006, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ is the first initiative championed by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. The Gold Standard provides a framework for employers to have a healthier workplace by focusing on cancer risk reduction, early detection, access to clinical trials and high-quality care. All of the requirements of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard are based on scientific evidence, and the program is carefully reviewed annually to ensure that it remains comprehensive and up to date. Over 200 private, non-profit and government employers in diverse industries have earned Gold Standard accreditation, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training, and a number of NCI- designated cancer centers.

To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an employer must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by taking concrete actions in five key areas known as the Five Pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Prevention
  • Pillar 2: Screening
  • Pillar 3: Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Pillar 4: Quality Treatment and Survivorship
  • Pillar 5: Heath Education and Health Promotion

By focusing on risk reduction, early detection and quality care, the Gold Standard program can help save the lives of employees and curb operational costs.

There are no membership costs or fees associated with becoming a Gold Standard employer.

Employers can achieve Gold Standard accreditation in the United States or in China, and they then can take additional steps to achieve the Global Gold Standard, the highest level of accreditation for employers.