Accelerating and Expanding Wellness Around the World: Transition of the Work Place Wellness Alliance from the World Economic Forum to IHPM
Over the past four years the World Economic Forum has successfully worked towards the goal of improving health and well-being through the Work Place Wellness Alliance (the Alliance) , a consortium of companies committed to advancing wellness in the workplace. Established in response to call for action at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2008, the Alliance has continued to grow and evolve in terms of membership base and relevance. It is the stated objective of the Alliance to improve global health and productivity by making wellness a priority, starting in the workplace.
The work conducted over the past few years under the leadership of the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group as well as FTI Consulting and integrating key inputs from the Alliance's Leadership Board, established the Alliance as a key resource for employers across all sectors of society and industry to contribute to the whole-of-society approach that is needed to successfully combat NCDs, rightly called "the world's biggest killer" by the World Health Organization
On January 24, 2013 in Davos, Switzerland at its Annual Meeting, the World Economic Forum transitioned responsibility for the Workplace Wellness Alliance over to the U.S.-based Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) - a global non-profit enterprise with affiliate Institutes and chapters in China, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East and research partners in Europe and Brazil.
In assuming leadership of the Work Place Wellness Alliance from the World Economic Forum, IHPM is working with leading multinational employers and providers to make “wellness” a global objective for companies and nations – a measure of human capital value.