AbbVie has been presented with the Ibec KeepWell Mark. The
award is an evidence-based accreditation given for Irish employers who
significantly investing in workplace health and well-being.
AbbVie, which employs more than 700 people across five commercial
and manufacturing sites in Ireland, is one of first
biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical companies to receive the workplace
health and well-being accolade. Ibec states that the aim of the award
is to help businesses benchmark workplace well-being activity through
a series of systematic and methodical steps.
This focus on industry leading employee wellbeing also contributed
to AbbVie being named as the No.2 Best Large Workplace in Ireland at
the recent 2019 Great Place to Work awards.
The company co-ordinates its approach to employee health and
wellbeing through a programme titled ‘AbbVie Vitality’. This
initiative includes resources and tools which encourage a holistic
approach to health and its success has been based on the company
providing organisational support for employee proactivity on managing
their personal well-being.
Using this cross-site Vitality programme, AbbVie has made a strong
commitment to improving its workplace wellbeing practices since its
formation in 2013. Activities have included a wide range of
initiatives focusing on enhancing employees’ physical health and the
prevention of illness, as well as seeking to improve mental and
Commenting on the receipt of the KeepWell Mark, Miriam
Cunningham, Occupational Nurse with AbbVie and Vitality Lead,
said the company continuously looked for ways to help its people
balance their work and personal lives. “We have improved and
coordinated a number of wellness projects over the past number of
years to so that we can create a safe, secure and pleasant working
environment for all of our people.
“The Ibec KeepWell Mark provides us with a fantastic
evidence-based framework, enabling us not only to benchmark our
wellness initiatives against our peers but also helping us to progress
in areas that provide the most impact for our people and business,”
The KeepWell Mark framework includes a self-assessment and an
onsite assessment from an Ibec approved external assessor. The
accreditation takes a holistic approach focusing on eight key areas of
potential improvement that can affect business performance
–leadership; absence management; smoke free; physical activity; health
& safety; mental health; healthy eating. Each assessment
culminates with a report that outlines areas for improvement.
Founded in 2013, AbbVie is a global, research-driven
biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced
therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical
conditions. It employs more than 700 people at five manufacturing and
commercial sites across Ireland. The company’s commercial headquarters
is based in Dublin as is a separate international manufacturing and
engineering services centre. AbbVie has two manufacturing plants in
Sligo and one in Cork.
The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and
unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across
four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and
neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working
every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. For
more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on
Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
The KeepWell Mark, an Ibec initiative, is an evidence-based
accreditation and award that recognises Irish employers for investing
in workplace health and wellbeing. Its aim is to help Irish
organisations benchmark workplace wellbeing activity through a set of
systematic and methodical steps. The framework includes a
self-assessment, an onsite evaluation from Ibec wellness experts, and
a report that outlines areas for improvement – allowing your business
to chart its way to success.
It is based on 'The Workplace Wellbeing Charter, National Award for
England'. This highly successful award is endorsed by the UK
Department of Health and has been awarded to over 1,000 British
organisations. It is widely recognised as the business standard for
workplace wellbeing across the UK.
Ibec is the group that represents Irish business both domestically
and internationally. It has over 180 professional services staff in
seven locations and is the umbrella group of over 40 different
sectoral industry associations. It has over 7,500 members; home grown,
multinational, big and small, spanning every sector of the economy.
Together they employ over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland.
Ibec and its sector groups lobby government, policy makers and other
key stakeholders nationally and internationally to shape business
conditions and drive economic growth.
Ibec is a market leader in forecasts and surveys. Ibec's role as
public commentator on the economy has been significant, having
correctly identified the turnaround during the economic crisis. More
recently, Ibec has accurately forecast economic growth rates and
identified the opportunities that these, along with low interest
rates, provide for national infrastructure investment.
Through its press office, Ibec sets out the views of business on key
issues, regularly leading the national print and broadcast media. Ibec
executives regularly speak at major national and international
conferences and debates and are members of key government expert
groups and committees.
Ibec provides a wide range of professional direct services to
members including employer advice and representation on HR and
industrial relations issues. The on-the-ground aspect of this service
places Ibec in a unique position of being close to the challenges and
concerns of employers. This enables the team to better capture and
articulate issues affecting competitiveness and business development
to government and policy makers.