Desjardins a Leader in Employee Health and Well-being

    Launch of the Québec Entreprise en santé standard, an ISO-type

    MONTREAL, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The overall issue of health and
well-being is one of Desjardins Group's key concerns in terms of human
resources. On the occasion of the launch of Québec's new Entreprise en santé
(healthy business) standard, and as the largest private employer in the
province, Desjardins is proud to note that more and more companies are
focusing on the health and well-being of people in the workplace.
    "The rising costs of healthcare services, the ageing population and
society's new trend towards better health and healthy lifestyle habits show
how important it is for companies to invest, as Desjardins is doing, in the
health and well-being of their employees," stated Jacques Dignard, Senior
Vice-President, Human Resources at Desjardins Group.
    Desjardins has been developing an innovative approach to overall health
management since 2003. This approach aims to make employees more aware of the
importance of developing healthy lifestyle habits and includes various
preventive activities, such as encouraging people to maintain a healthy diet
and to exercise regularly. An annual flu shot campaign and a program that
reimburses the cost of physical activities also form part of Desjardins'
health-oriented initiatives.
    In addition, in 2007, Desjardins conducted a comprehensive review of all
its disability management methods, so as to improve the efficiency,
effectiveness and quality of interventions and thereby increase satisfaction
levels among employees and managers. Among other things, Desjardins proposes a
personalized support program for employees who are off work for health
    "Through its actions to improve overall health management, aimed
primarily at creating a unique and distinctive work environment, Desjardins
Group stands out as a leader among major Québec companies in terms of employee
health and well-being," concluded Mr. Dignard.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of $147 billion, as at September 30, 2007. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its
40,000 employees and the commitment of nearly 6,800 elected officers,
Desjardins offers its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients
a full range of financial products and services. Its physical distribution
network is complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out
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