The Stock Performance of C. Everett Koop Award Winners Compared With the Standard & Poor's 500 Index

J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jan;58(1):9-15. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000632.


Objective: To explore the link between companies investing in the health and well-being programs of their employees and stock market performance.

Methods: Stock performance of C. Everett Koop National Health Award winners (n = 26) was measured over time and compared with the average performance of companies comprising the Standard and Poor's (S&P) 500 Index.

Results: The Koop Award portfolio outperformed the S&P 500 Index. In the 14-year period tracked (2000-2014), Koop Award winners' stock values appreciated by 325% compared with the market average appreciation of 105%.

Conclusions: This study supports prior and ongoing research demonstrating a higher market valuation--an affirmation of business success by Wall Street investors--of socially responsible companies that invest in the health and well-being of their workers when compared with other publicly traded firms.

MeSH terms

  • Awards and Prizes
  • Economic Competition
  • Health Promotion / economics*
  • Health Promotion / standards
  • Humans
  • Industry / economics*
  • Industry / organization & administration
  • Industry / standards
  • Investments*
  • Occupational Health / economics*
  • Occupational Health / standards
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Social Responsibility*