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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

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Healthcare Members

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • AbbVie
  • Astellas
  • AstraZeneca PLC
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Biogen, Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Leo Pharma
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Merck KGaA
  • Novartis
  • Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Sanofi S.A.
  • Shire
  • Takeda
  • Terumo Corporation
  • Teva
  • Zuellig Pharma

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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 and enable informed decision-making

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Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Mobilizing the power, resources, and thought leadership of the business community to end human trafficking, including all forms of forced labor and sex trafficking.

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Healthcare Working Group

Healthcare Working Group

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

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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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Meet the Team for Healthcare

New York


Laura Gitman

Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer

New York


New York


Tokyo


Paris


Copenhagen


Meghan Ryan

Meghan Ryan

Associate Director

New York


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Contact the Healthcare team with any questions.

Our Insights on Healthcare

A New Tool to Assess the Impact of Your Healthy Business Journey

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A New Tool to Assess the Impact of Your Healthy Business Journey

The new Healthy Business Metrics Guide will help business leaders assess how effectively their company is executing on its healthy business strategy.

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How Health Training Changed Social Norms in Himalayan Villages

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How Health Training Changed Social Norms in Himalayan Villages

Here, we take a look into how a HERproject training program on menstrual hygiene has changed the lives of women in Himalayan villages in India.

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Climate Change, Public Health, Women’s Empowerment, and Supplier Performance in Bangladesh

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Climate Change, Public Health, Women’s Empowerment, and Supplier Performance in Bangladesh

Rising temperatures and more frequent flooding events are likely to increase with climate change, and in Bangladesh, this will affect the lives of the 4 million people working in the garment industry, who are disproportionately women.

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Next-Generation Private-Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Development: Q&A with Gavi

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Next-Generation Private-Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Development: Q&A with Gavi

We sat down with Gavi, the Vaccination Alliance, to talk about the key success factors of its cross-sector collaboration efforts.

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