Energy company Npower employs more than 12,000 people across 60 sites in the UK. It has partnered Macmillan Cancer Support since 2004, supporting the charity and using the relationship to raise awareness of cancer among staff.
Ruth Worton, charity manager at Npower, says: “Macmillan provides a range of support and our occupational health department is launching its new Working Though Cancer programme later this year. This will help to ensure that line managers and our HR team have the right information and guidance to help employees affected by cancer.”
The charity has also worked with Npower to support some of its health awareness events for employees. Worton adds: “They recently attended a health and safety week at our Stoke office to raise awareness of the symptoms of breast, bowel and lung cancer, and to encourage employees to attend breast and bowel cancer screening programmes.”
As well as the health-related activities, Npower also encourages all its employees to get involved with fundraising for the charity, matching every pound they raise. This has helped to raise awareness of the disease across the company and has also improved employee engagement, with 70% of employees saying they believe Npower is socially responsible in the community.
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