The CEO Roundtable on Cancer recently accredited Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ recognizing the efforts of this leading company in aircraft design, manufacture and service for its work in reducing the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members.
Today, more than 2.7 million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of the more than 110 employers like Sikorsky who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited by ensuring a tobacco-free workplace, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings and ensuring access to quality treatment.
Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, the nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals.
“I hope the leadership and commitment of Sikorsky will encourage other employers across all industries to become Gold Standard accredited,” said Viehbacher.
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.
CEOs are keenly aware of the tremendous impact they can have in improving health, controlling health care costs and making a difference beyond their organization’s walls in the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases. Other Gold Standard employers include insurers like Aetna, Cigna, State Farm and several Blue Cross affiliates; law firms, such as Hogan Lovells and Jenner + Block; technology companies such as Dell and SAS Institute; and a range of leading employers including American Century Investments, Johnson & Johnson and Lowe’s.
About Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), which is based in Hartford, Conn., and provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.