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Healthcare

As pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and life sciences companies face unprecedented societal pressure and competitive disruption, sustainable business practices provide the foundation for robust and reliable growth.

Healthcare Overview


How We Work


BSR’s membership of more than 20 healthcare companies includes eight of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world and represents more than US$400 billion in combined revenues. Working with companies individually and—through the Healthcare Working Group—collectively, we drive norms, tools, and innovation to help commercial and philanthropic operations adapt to and benefit from societal and competitive change. 

The CEOs of 13 major healthcare companies signed BSR’s Guiding Principles on Access to Healthcare (GPAH), a set of principles and approaches that frames and describes the industry’s approach to reducing the burden of disease and improving global health outcomes. We work collaboratively with 17 healthcare companies on a multi-year basis to develop in-depth, business-critical research and resources to help companies overcome the major challenges facing their strategies to scale their impact. 



Our Focus


  • Global health and access to medicine
  • Health and wellness
  • Human rights
  • Materiality, stakeholder engagement, and reporting
  • Patient, payer, and provider engagement
  • Social innovation and program design

Our Insights on Healthcare

How Healthcare Companies Can Meet the Moment and Respect Human Rights

Blog

How Healthcare Companies Can Meet the Moment and Respect Human Rights

In a world where both a return to normalcy and our ability to weather future crises depends in large part on innovation in the healthcare sector, healthcare companies, particularly those in the pharmaceutical industry, have a crucial role to play in ensuring respect for human rights throughout their own operations, supply chains, and business relationships.

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10 Human Rights Priorities for the Healthcare Sector

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10 Human Rights Priorities for the Healthcare Sector

An issue brief on the most relevant, urgent, and probable human rights impacts for the healthcare sector and opportunities for positive impact

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Healthy Business Coalition’s Eight-Point Action Plan for Reopening

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Healthy Business Coalition’s Eight-Point Action Plan for Reopening

In light of COVID-19 and racial injustice, the Healthy Business Coalition (HBC) believes that it is time for the business community to respond to the moment by radically restructuring its support for workers and communities and promoting an equitable future for all.

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Key Ways Business Can Still Support Women’s Reproductive Rights Following SCOTUS Decisions

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Key Ways Business Can Still Support Women’s Reproductive Rights Following SCOTUS Decisions

Corporate policies can provide a bulwark against the erosion of access to reproductive healthcare, helping to protect and strengthen the new social contract between business and society that the 21st century demands.

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Understanding Connections Between Climate and Public Health

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Understanding Connections Between Climate and Public Health

The global coronavirus pandemic is bringing the connection between climate and public health into focus. In recognition of Earth Day, Levi Strauss & Co. interviewed experts at the nexus of climate and public health to better understand the links and what needs to be done.

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Wings of Change: A Scenario Realized

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Wings of Change: A Scenario Realized

As we move through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck's Cathryn Gunther offers her thoughts on consequential gifts that might materialize from the crisis, and the role companies can play in making them a reality.

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Business Lessons from Phase One of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Business Lessons from Phase One of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we take time to think first of the health of our families, friends, and communities in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, here are five lessons to guide us through these turbulent times and the uncertainties which lie ahead.

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Respecting Human Rights While Protecting Public Health

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Respecting Human Rights While Protecting Public Health

As the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak disrupts global supply chains and shutters factories and stores around the world, companies are grappling in real time with the human rights implications of the coronavirus response. How can we best protect public health while respecting individual human rights?

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Healthcare Members

  • AbbVie
  • AstraZeneca PLC
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Cook Medical Holdings
  • Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Leo Pharma
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Merck KGaA
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Sanofi S.A.
  • Shire
  • Takeda
  • Terumo Corporation
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Zuellig Pharma
  • Eisai Company, Ltd.

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Collaborative Initiatives on Healthcare

Business Action for Women

Business Action for Women

A coalition of business leaders driving progress for women

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Future of Reporting

Future of Reporting

Sharing reporting best practices to improve sustainability performance, enable informed decision-making, and influence the future of the reporting field

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Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Advancing cross-industry progress to combat modern slavery in global supply chains.

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Healthcare Working Group

Healthcare Working Group

Improving health globally through a sustainable and resilient healthcare sector

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Healthy Business Coalition

Healthy Business Coalition

Convening cross-industry leaders to expand health and well-being across entire value chains

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HERproject™

HERproject™

Unlocking the full potential of women working in global supply chains through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion, and gender equality

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Human Rights Working Group

Human Rights Working Group

Working to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across all industries

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Net Positive Project

Net Positive Project

Working for a world where companies drive financial success and create "net positive" impacts by putting back more into society, the environment, and the global economy than they take out

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Meet the Team for Healthcare

Laura Gitman

Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer

New York


Jonathan Morris

Jonathan Morris

Associate Director

Paris


Asako Nagai

Asako Nagai

Managing Director

Tokyo


Paris


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Contact the Healthcare team with any questions.