CARY, N.C. (07/25/2017) The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has accredited Cree in Durham, NC with the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM recognizing its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members.

 “Cree is committed to supporting the wellbeing of our employees through proactive measures that promote an active and healthy lifestyle while providing access to vital resources,” said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO. “Exceptional workplace wellness programs help employees and their families reduce the risk of cancer and make a huge impact on their lives. Cree is proud to receive the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation and help lead by example.”

Over 200 private, nonprofit and government employers in a wide range of industries have earned Gold Standard accreditation. Employers from many industries are keenly aware of the life-improving impact they can have on health and controlling healthcare costs when they take steps to address cancer and other chronic diseases. 

 “Cree is leading by example in promoting healthier behavior,” said Robert A. Bradway, chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.  “I hope their vision and commitment to better health will encourage other employers in NC and across all industries and geographies to become Gold Standard accredited.”

In addition to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16 NCI-designated cancer centers and more than 100 other hospitals have earned Gold Standard accreditation. Gold Standard employers include: Amgen, Astellas, Avis Budget Group, CVS Health, Dell, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Hogan Lovells, Johnson & Johnson, Lowe’s, Novartis, the Ohio State University, SAS, State Farm, and many Blue Cross affiliates.

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs, founded by former President George H.W. Bush, created the Gold Standard to recognize employers for taking exceptional health and wellness measures on behalf of their employees and family members.

To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an employer must take concrete actions to reduce the risk and burden of cancer: prohibit tobacco use and support tobacco cessation efforts; promote physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management; provide health insurance options that include detecting cancer at its earliest stages, access to quality care and participation in cancer clinical trials; promote employee awareness of these initiatives; and support the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace. 

About Cree
Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, lighting products and power and radio frequency (RF) semiconductors. Cree’s product families include LED lighting systems and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices. Cree’s products are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, electronic signs and signals, satellite communications, power supplies and inverters.

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