“The members of the ENWHP work together towards the vision ‘healthy employees in healthy organisations’. They are committed to the mission of developing and promoting good workplace health practice, which in turn contributes to a high level of health protection and sustainable economic and social development in Europe” (Article 1).
This vision is part of two broader visions at European policy level:
The EU Lisbon Agenda identifies the goal for this decade to develop the EU region ‚to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion‘. In this context workplace health promotion is part of the concept of quality in work with impacts on productivity, employment and social cohesion.
The second vision, although not on the same level on the EU agenda, is to develop a Europe of Health. European health policy supports the development of the national health care systems in the frame of established rules of subsidiarity, with a view to meeting the expectations of European citizens.
With its vision and mission, ENWHP contributes especially to the reduction of health inequalities, to the development of a European health information system and to improving important health determinants with impacts on all relevant settings in working and non-working life.
According to its general mission and vision statement ENWHP seeks to achieve two core goals:
- All ENWHP member countries should have access to supportive WHP infrastructures at national level.
- To significantly increase the number of European employees who work in enterprises and other organisations committed to practices and policies for promoting health.
In order to pursue these goals ENWHP developed a strategy which is formed as a framework with three strands (strategy triangle):
a) National Forums for WHP
This strand focuses on the development of supportive infrastructures for the dissemination and implementation of the knowledge-base by facilitating the establishment of national platforms for WHP open to all interested stakeholders. In this way ENWHP contributes to reducing the gap between action at European and national level, improve the access to good practice knowledge across Europe and shift workplace health higher on the various political agendas (see also 2.1. d))
b) The Case for WHP
This strand focuses on the arguments which demonstrate the contribution of WHP investments to core targets. Of particular importance is the case for WHP investments in the field of private sector companies because this setting challenges the contribution of health and social investments to economic performance.
c) The ENWHP Toolbox
The ENWHP toolbox is a European collection of practice aids to promote and improve workplace health. The toolbox contains programmes, projects and instruments across a wider range of workplace health issues and settings. It can be accessed as a database on the website of the network. All three strands are continuously developed by the activities and initiatives of the ENWHP.
The envisaged work programme for 2009 described above (see 2.1.) specifically contributes to this strategy and its enhancements.
a) Increased awareness of WHP among the various stakeholders at enterprise and supra-enterprise level.
b) Improved standard of knowledge of WHP among the various stakeholders at enterprise and supra-enterprise level.
c) Improved commitment of the various stakeholders at enterprise and supra-enterprise level to invest in WHP.
d) Establishment and development of sustainable networking at national as well as at European level will be supported and strengthened.
e) Exchange of experiences in the field of WHP will be improved and the cross-border knowledge-transfer, particularly between states with a further advanced status and those lacking behind will be enhanced.