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5 Mar 2014

France follows Québec’s lead in improving health in the workplace

Left to right: Luc Bergeron, Director of Cooperation, Québec Government Office in Paris, Pascal Prévost, Director General, Afnor Competences, Marie-Claude Pelletier, President and CEO, Healthy Enterprises Group, Marie-Claude Drouin, Director General, Réseau de Normalisation Francophone, Laurence Breton-Kueny, DHR, AFNOR Group, Philippe Lamblin, DHR, Sophiproteol Group

The preventive approach developed in Québec over the past several years by the Healthy Enterprises Group (Groupe entreprises en santé) will soon be implemented in France. The goal of the approach is to mobilize and equip work environments to ensure health, well-being and productivity.

With that objective in mind, AFNOR Competences intends to launch the movement in France and is joining forces with the Québec organization to help carry out the project.

The agreement was made possible through the support of the France-Québec Permanent Cooperation Commission (CPCFQ: Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise) managed by the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur and the Consulate General of France in Québec City.

“As soon as we found out about the accomplishments being made in Québec in prevention and promoting health in the workplace, we wanted to implement the approach in our group,” said Laurence Breton-Kueny, the AFNOR Group’s Director of Human Resources.

“Québec has made great strides in recent years in raising awareness in companies and encouraging them to adopt concrete measures to maximize the physical and mental health of their employees,” explained Marie-Claude Pelletier, President and CEO of the Healthy Enterprises Group.

In the past five years, the Healthy Enterprises Group’s initiatives to promote health and quality of life in the workplace have attracted a great deal of interest in France. The first phase of the partnership between the Healthy Enterprises Group and AFNOR Competences will be to provide training and reference guides to familiarize employers and service suppliers with best practices and key factors for succeeding in adopting a structured approach to health, quality of life and productivity at work.

Over 225 companies are members of the Healthy Enterprises Group in Québec.

Healthy Enterprises Groupe / Groupe entreprises en santé (in French)

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