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The DRIVERs project: Employer briefing

Improvements in quality of work, particularly for people in lower occupational groups, would contribute significantly to a healthy and more productive Europe.
Recommendations for employers
  • Create supportive employment policies that help women return to work and parents combine work with parental responsibilities.
  • Support programmes that help vulnerable people facing multiple barriers to work back into the labour market.
  • Improve the quality of work, particularly for lower status occupations which are at greater risk of workplace stress in modern economies.
  • Go beyond compliance to broaden their understanding of what contributes to a healthy workplace.

The DRIVERS project, undertaken by a consortium of research bodies from 2012-15, builds on the growing body of evidence which shows that reducing health inequalities requires action across a number of policy areas. The research focuses on three of the main drivers or ‘social determinants’ that influence a person’s health: fair employment, social protection and early childhood development.

Alongside academic and non-academic partners, Business in the Community undertook detailed research to support the fair employment and working conditions strand, including:

This employers briefing paper summarises the vast body of research carried out across Europe as part of the DRIVERS project. To access all reports and findings, visit www.health-gradient.eu 

The research was carried out by University College London, Dusseldorf University and CHESS (Swedish Centre for Health Equity Studies) – in partnership with organisations representing the public health sector, civil society and business (EuroHealthNet, Eurochild, Business in the Community and the European Anti-Poverty Network). The project was managed by EuroHealthNet.