Sustainability at PPG
PPG regards safety and health as its primary commitments to employees throughout all of its operations around the globe. To maintain high levels of awareness and compliance, training around safety issues is continuous across the company.
To that end, 35 percent of PPG’s course offerings in 2010 were devoted to global, regional and local safety and health training, with nearly 50,000 enrollments in courses offered in 13 different languages.
Promoting a Culture of Health and Wellness
PPG is committed to providing easy access for all employees to the health information they need, as well as the tools and programs that will make a difference in promoting wellness and addressing any health issues. To that end, in 2010, PPG created its Culture of Health initiative, which provides PPG employees, retirees and their families with information to help them make informed decisions about nutrition, exercise and disease prevention.
The core topics of the program are critical to good health: nutrition, exercise, health screenings and stress management. These are in turn supported by PPG’s 10 Keys to a Healthier Lifestyle, which focus on actions that are scientifically proven to have a positive impact on health.
In 2010, PPG organized 71 local health promotion teams to support these company initiatives. In North America, annual basic health screenings held in 2010 received 31 percent voluntary employee participation, up from 5.5 percent in 2005.
Through PPG’s education, training and risk-control programs, the company helps to provide employees with the tools to be informed about and manage issues such as blood pressure, smoking, cancer screening, immunizations, cholesterol, fitness, bone and muscle health, stress and depression.
Global Health Risk Assessment
PPG encourages all employees to participate in voluntary, confidential online health risk assessments to help identify specific health issues, develop personal improvement plans, and track progress toward achieving a healthy lifestyle. In the decade ending in 2010, 39,896 employees participated; 56,378 assessments were completed, and 9,160 participants returned for multiple follow-ups.
Global Health and Wellness Summits
Starting in North America in 2005, PPG has organized annual summits bringing together health promotion team coordinators from company worksites to discuss policies, processes and programs to foster a culture of health and wellness. In 2010, PPG held a health and wellness summit in Europe, and a summit is planned for Asia/Pacific in 2011, the first such events in these regions.