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Healthcare Working Group

Improving the industry’s understanding and practice in corporate responsibility, with a focus on access to healthcare

Overview

Introduction

Established in 1999, BSR’s Healthcare Working Group (HCWG) serves as a forum for companies to discuss corporate social responsibility issues faced by the healthcare sector.

Working group participants include senior company representatives from roles in CSR, communications, policy, and governmental affairs.

This group provides a forum for precompetitive collaboration on key sustainable business issues, and it also offers companies the opportunity to share their experiences and best practices in an environment that promotes learning and respects confidentiality.

Our Mission

  • Elevated ambition levels for companies driving progress on key CSR issues for the sector
  • Strong and sustainable approaches to expanding access to healthcare
  • Demonstration of industry’s commitment to addressing barriers that impact access to healthcare 

Our Accomplishments

  • We launched the Guiding Principles on Access to Healthcare (GPAH), an industry-wide framework for reducing the global burden of disease and improving global health outcomes
  • The GPAH have been signed by the CEOs of 13 major healthcare companies with global leadership in pharmaceuticals, vaccines, diagnostics, and other medical technology 

Guiding Principles on Access to Healthcare

In collaboration and consultation with key stakeholders, HCWG members have developed industry-wide principles to frame and describe the industry’s approach to reducing the global burden of disease and improving global health outcomes. The principles have been signed by the CEOs of 13 major healthcare companies.

For more information, visit gpah.bsr.org

Why Join?

  1. Collaborate with peers working across the global healthcare sector
  2. Amplify your company’s voice in stakeholder discussions with influential NGOs and ratings agencies
  3. Keep abreast of emerging issues facing the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries
  4. Learn from industry, corporate responsibility, and other experts on topics such as access to medicine, human rights, and the environment 

Healthcare Working Group Companies

  • AbbVie
  • Astellas
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Celgene Corporation
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Merck KGaA
  • Novartis
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Roche Holding AG
  • Sanofi
  • Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.

Our Insights

on Healthcare Working Group

Healthcare Working Group

Blog

Is Collaboration the Way Forward for the Pharmaceutical Industry?

While working nearly a decade for a pharmaceutical think tank, I witnessed how great things can be accomplished when the barriers of competition fall. In my experience, collectively finding solutions not only generates recommendations, guidelines and best practices, it also fosters new models and pushes entire sectors towards faster progress. And today, faster progress is what we need to deliver safer, more affordable, and more effective medicine to larger populations.

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Healthcare Working Group

Blog

Three Tesla-Inspired Questions for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Tesla Motors' leadership on open-source patents can inform the pharmaceutical industry's approach to transparency, an issue of increasing concern to regulators and stakeholders.

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Healthcare Working Group

Reports

The Guiding Principles on Access to Healthcare: From Aspiration to Action

A year after the CEOs of 13 major healthcare companies signed the Guiding Principles on Access to Healthcare, this report provides an overview of the approaches undertaken by signatory companies to advance access to healthcare.

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Meet the Team

New York


Laura Gitman

Laura Gitman

Senior Vice President

New York


Dorje Mundle

Dorje Mundle

Director, Healthcare

Paris


Cecile Oger

Cecile Oger

Associate Director

Paris


Paris


Talk to Us  
Contact the Healthcare Working Group team with any questions.