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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

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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What Do the Next 20 Years Hold for the Healthcare Industry?

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What Do the Next 20 Years Hold for the Healthcare Industry?

BSR's Healthcare Working Group, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2019, is a forum of experts and peers, working together to share the challenges of today, anticipate the trends of tomorrow, discuss best practices, and co-create solutions.

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Access to Modern Family Planning Products: Time to Address Social Stigma

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Access to Modern Family Planning Products: Time to Address Social Stigma

HERproject works to improve access and use of modern family planning by addressing stigmas that women and men hold about family planning products during workplace training in Kenya.

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The Impacts of Climate on Health: Why Business Should Care and How to Act

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The Impacts of Climate on Health: Why Business Should Care and How to Act

As climate change intensifies, so do its impacts on human health. Here's how business can act.

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Climate and Health

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Climate and Health

Climate change will impact the health of humans around the world. This paper explores the intersection of climate and public health issues and highlights the business case for action.

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Three Tips for Partnerships to Advance Workplace Health

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Three Tips for Partnerships to Advance Workplace Health

BSR partnered through HERproject with Evidence Project, Meridian Group International, Inc., and Bayer Pharmaceuticals to create printable health education materials for the workplace covering issues like voluntary family planning and menstrual hygiene.

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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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Healthcare Members

  • AbbVie
  • AstraZeneca PLC
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb 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.