CARY, NC (May 6, 2013) – The CEO Roundtable on Cancer recently accredited Merchants Fleet Management with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™. The Gold Standard recognizes Merchants Fleet Management’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for their employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring access to quality treatment.
Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, the nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals. Today, more than 3.4 million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of the more than 140 employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.
"Adopting the Gold Standard is a tribute to the extraordinary leadership at Merchants Fleet Management and to their determination to provide inspiration and support to other organizations large and small that are committed to playing an active role in winning the battle against cancer,” said Viehbacher.
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.
“Becoming a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer is a logical step in fostering a work environment that values and promotes healthy lifestyles and provides the support needed when a diagnosis of cancer becomes a reality,” said Glen Villano, CEO.
In addition to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fifteen NCI-designated cancer centers and nearly 40 hospitals and medical centers have earned Gold Standard accreditation. CEOs from across industries are keenly aware of the tremendous impact they can have in improving health, controlling health care costs and making a difference beyond their organization’s walls in the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases. Other Gold Standard employers include insurers like Aetna, Cigna, State Farm and several Blue Cross affiliates; law firms, such as Hogan Lovells and Jenner + Block; technology companies such as Dell and SAS Institute; institutes of higher education and a range of leading employers including American Century Investments, Johnson & Johnson and Lowe’s.
About Merchants Fleet Management
Merchants is one of the top ten fleet leasing companies in the U.S. and provides customers nationwide a total vehicle fleet solutions including comprehensive fleet management tools and administration. Merchants leases a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks and vans, limousines, charter and school busses, law enforcement vehicles, handicap-equipped vehicles and more, for long or short-term needs. Its main office is located in Hooksett, New Hampshire and has a professional staff of approximately 250 employees.
About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard and the web-based accreditation process and support, please visit www.CancerGoldStandard.org.
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Therese Martin, Project Assistant