The Gold Level builds upon the Silver Level and will require companies to look outside their own organisation and promote health within the wider community.
1. A minimum three-year health strategy and one-year action plan to be in place for health improvement activities and task related health issues, which should be reviewed annually.
2. The company will participate in a minimum of five local, regional or national health campaigns or events, one of which should be ongoing throughout the year.
3. Health topics to be promoted in the wider community and to families of the workforce. Community can include related or nearby businesses, people living nearby, customers, clients, pupils, patients, suppliers, service users etc.
4. Employees will be encouraged to have regular helath checks. These will be in addition to any statutory medicals required under health and safety legislation.
5. The organisation will have policies in place for bullying and harassment. There should be evidence that these policies are actively monitored and policed.
6. The organisation should be willing to share good practice and encourage others to participate in the North East Better Health at Work award.
7. How does the organisation raise awareness of and support staff with long-term conditions?
8. Environmental management systems to be in place, for example, recycling schemes, waste management, travel plans, ethical purchasing and using local suppliers.
9. The organisation should demonstrate innovative ways of addressing workplace health and well-being.
10. Sickness absence.