Workplace stress has bec-ome a key concern for soc-ially responsible investors, says a report from Henderson Global Investors.
The analysis from the Henderson sustainable and responsible investment team shows that inv-estors are becoming more concerned about workplaces with high levels of stress.
Stress in the workplace is now the single biggest cause of absence in the UK, resulting in 13.4 million working days lost each year, according to the Health and Safety Commission.
The report, entitled, Stress: An Epidemic in the UK Workplace?, coincides with new standards set by the Health and Safety Commission.
The report looks at the causes of stress and contains a number of case stu-dies of companies taking a proactive approach to stress, including Astra-Zeneca, BT, Centrica, Reu-ters and Rolls-Royce. It concludes by listing good practice principles for companies to manage stress.
The study says: “This is the first report addressing workplace stress from an investor viewpoint and is one of a range of studies carried out by Henderson’s SRI team on critical issues such as climate change and human rights.”