Employee health and wellbeing 

If you’re fit, healthy and happy, it stands to reason that  you’re more likely to be productive at work. But the idea that employers have a role – perhaps even a duty – in this respect is a relatively new concept.

Employees talking

We firmly believe that it is as much in the Company’s interest as it is in the individual’s that each employee is fit and healthy 

Beginning with our operations in the UK, we have provided health services for employees for several decades, starting at a time when it was considered a discretionary benefit, and was largely reactive in its approach. Over the years, we have expanded these services throughout the Company and become more proactive in supporting our employees’ health and wellbeing. We firmly believe that it is as much in the Company’s interest as it is in the individual’s that each employee is fit and healthy.


Our approach
Today, Tate & Lyle promotes good health to try to prevent illness and injury, and places an emphasis on rehabilitation to help people get back to work as quickly as possible after being off sick. A key part of our Employee Wellbeing Policy is to encourage employees to take responsibility for their own wellbeing. We actively monitor how our services are used so that we can target developments to meet the needs of employees.

Our performance
These efforts to help employees stay in work and to raise awareness of key health issues have led to a substantial reduction in long-term absence of 64%, and in retirements due to ill-health of 75%, since 2000.
Our UK occupational health programme is well known, and respected amongst peers and by experts in the field. We are proud that, over the years, the quality and benefits of our programme have been recognised by various industry awards.


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"Get the world moving" challenge

"Get the world moving" challenge

“It is about walking the walk and talking the talk when it comes to encouraging and maintaining healthy lifestyles,” says Coen Lommelaars, Vice President, Group Safety, describing the ‘Get the World Moving’ challenge our employees take part in.

In May 2013, Tate & Lyle signed up for the ‘Get the World Moving’ challenge. Get the World Moving (www.gettheworldmoving.com) is an international and intercompany competition to improve health through exercise. Participants measure his or her physical activity and get access to an online account to record daily progress. ‘This is a great way to encourage our employees to work together to embrace a healthy lifestyle,’ explains Simona Hryzakova, Director, HR, Eastern Europe and organiser of the challenge.

Coen believes health programmes like ‘Get the World Moving’ are vital for Tate & Lyle. “One of our areas of interest is health and nutrition – and we need to be actively involved and support active lifestyles in the communities where we live and work.”