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A study utilizing investment simulations for 17 publicly held companies with strong health or safety programs for employees suggests that employers that invest significantly in health and safety programming can outperform other companies in the marketplace. The study, published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), is featured in a special section highlighting the impact health and safety programs may have on a company’s investment value. Researchers studied the stock market performance of companies that had applied for or received the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM’s) Corporate Health Achievement Award (CHAA). The authors tracked the stock market performance of 17 CHAA applicants or recipients using six investment modeling scenarios. Over a 13-year period, the hypothetical investment returns for CHAA companies were significantly higher than average S&P 500 returns – as much as triple in some of the scenarios. In the best-performing scenario, CHAA companies achieved a 333 percent return, compared to an S&P return of 105 percent during the same period. In the lowest-performing scenario, CHAA companies achieved a 204 percent return, compared to an S&P return of 105 percent during the same period.

Read more via ACOEM here.

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