Winners of inaugural KeepWell Awards announced

March 15, 2019

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has announced the winners for The KeepWell Awards, held in The Round Room at The Mansion House. Presented by sportsman and mental health advocate, Brent Pope, the awards celebrated those companies who are prioritising the wellbeing of their workforces while showcasing those who have achieved exceptional success with their corporate wellbeing strategies.

25 companies accredited with The KeepWell Mark™ - Ibec’s workplace wellbeing accreditation, were shortlisted based on their best practice and organisational commitment to prioritising employee wellbeing in their corporate culture. These shortlisted companies represented a broad spectrum of Ireland’s industries from food & drink, technology, hospitality, biopharma, construction, financial services, education and the professional services. 

The winners announced at The KeepWell Awards for each KeepWell Award category were:

    1. Best in Class Leadership Award: Health Products Regulatory Authority
    2. Best in Class Nutrition Award: Microsoft Ireland
    3. Best in Class Physical Activity Award: University College Cork
    4. Best in Class Mental Health Award: Sky Ireland
    5. Medium Company of the Year Award: L&M Keating
    6. Large Company of the Year Award: Central Bank of Ireland

Sharon Higgins, Ibec Director of Member Services said: “We are thrilled to host these awards and recognise the organisations who have gone the extra mile to protect and nurture the mental health and wellbeing of employees. All of the companies – those who have successfully being accredited with the KeepWell Mark and those shortlisted and chosen for the awards have so much to be proud of.”

She also added: ‘"With an increasing number of companies enrolling in The KeepWell Mark, it shows that business leaders clearly value the difference that prioritising employee health and wellbeing can make.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Brent Pope, one of Ireland’s great advocates on Mental Health said: “It is so important that employers take steps to ensure that their staff feel supported and motivated in an increasingly pressurised working environment. For an organisation to perform at its best, its staff need to perform at their best. They can only do this if their physical, mental, financial, and health needs are supported.” 

Award sponsors DeCare Dental, Zevo Health and Mental Health First Aid Ireland, have also extended their congratulations to the companies on this significant achievement.