Three recent studies suggest companies that excel at worker health and safety also thrive in stock market value.
In each study, researchers analyzed long-term stock market performances among organizations recognized for safety excellence. The findings included:
- Companies that won the C. Everett Koop National Health Award from the Health Project produced stock market returns about 235 percent greater than the overall gains within the Standard & Poor’s 500 index during the past 14 years, according to researchers.
- Companies that applied for or won the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s Corporate Health Achievement Award produced investment returns from 204 percent to 333 percent during a 13-year period, compared with a return of 105 percent in the S&P 500, researchers said.
- From 2009 to 2014, companies that earned top scores on the Health Enhancement Research Organization scorecard increased 235 percent in value, compared with a 159 percent increase for the S&P 500.