Keeping employees safe has become a critical corporate responsibility during COVID-19. An estimated 25-30 million people in the US are
unable to work from home but also face a high risk of severe infection.
Many consumer-facing companies have
installed plastic barriers,
required customers to wear masks, provided additional paid sick leave, and taken other measures to protect employees and customers. But which companies have a sustained record of keeping employees safe, both during the pandemic and before?
Ethos rates companies on creating decent, safe work opportunities
over time, combining ~155,000 data points from metrics such as worker safety fines, public controversies related to workplace safety, recordable safety incidents, quality of health and safety policies, and ratio of employees making a living wage (see details and all ratings here).
Ratings are relative to other companies and industry peers, and reflect company performance over the past 3 years. Our goal is to encourage companies to continuously improve their impact practices and outcomes.
Top 50 companies for worker health and safety
#7: General Motors
GM responded to COVID-19 by shifting production to create masks and other protective equipment, moving most salaried employees to work from home, suspending production in North American manufacturing facilities, and expanding facility cleaning and sanitization services for employees performing "critical services." To help employees return to in-person work safely, GM created a plan based on CDC and WHO guidelines.
GM's metrics for worker safety include:
- 10/10 score for health and safety practices (Just Capital)
- Top 30 for diversity and inclusion human capital outcomes (DiversityInc)
- 80/100 rating for gender equality in the workplace (Equileap)
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Agilent's response to COVID-19 included asking their 16,000 employees to work from home when possible, restricting all international travel by air and rail to business-critical purposes only, and loosening sickness and time off policies.
Agilent's metrics for worker safety include:
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#10: Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation's response to COVID-19 included allowing many employees to work from home, moving support and training services online, limiting visitors and cancelling events, and enhancing cleaning procedures.
Rockwell Automation's metrics for worker safety include:
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