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Sanofi-aventis Named One of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles by National Business Group on Health
Date:5/13/2008

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit organization of large employers, today honored sanofi-aventis U.S. for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for its employees and families.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. was among 52 employers that received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's (NBGH) Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity. The company received a Gold Award for its health awareness program.

"There's no question that the passion, productivity and even the creativity of our employees are tied to their health and wellness," said Liz Donnelly, Vice President, Benefits, Rewards & People Management for sanofi-aventis U.S. "It follows that the quality we bring to patients is related to the extent to which we help our employees and their families realize their health goals. But even beyond any patient or marketplace outcomes, caring for our employees is simply the right thing to do. For all these reasons, I'm proud and honored that sanofi-aventis U.S. has received this Gold Award."

The winning sanofi-aventis U.S. Health Awareness program is part of the company's 5-year Sustainability plan, which is committed to continuously improve the healthcare provided to employees and their families. The strategy is two-fold, comprising both health information which is vigorously and regularly disseminated to employees and action, comprising numerous practical health programs and resources. Sanofi-aventis U.S. strongly encourages employees to identify their areas of personal health concern and take action to make necessary changes while the company supports these efforts on multiple levels using various communications tools.

"We are very pleased to honor sanofi-aventis U.S. for their innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees," said Helen Darling, President of the NBGH. "Sanofi-aventis U.S. and its management team should be proud of both their initiatives and ongoing support of helping employees to choose a healthier way of life."

Now in its fourth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards acknowledge and reward those employers that recognize the urgent need to improve their workers' health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action.

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established programs with measurable outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who have made a commitment to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for those employers who have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.

About sanofi-aventis

Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY). For more information, visit http://www.sanofi-aventis.us

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues. The NBGH identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. NBGH members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information about the NBGH, visit http://www.businessgrouphealth.org

CONTACT: Marc Greene, sanofi-aventis U.S., 908-981-4780


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