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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

Human Rights in the Healthcare Sector: Current State of Play

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Human Rights in the Healthcare Sector: Current State of Play

Over the past 18 months, BSR has worked with leading healthcare companies to assess the state of play in human rights practices. We share our maturity curve to chart healthcare companies’ approach to human rights.

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Four Ways to Advance Mental Well-Being in the Workplace

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Four Ways to Advance Mental Well-Being in the Workplace

What does an effective workforce mental health program look like? BSR’s Healthy Business Coalition, in partnership with One Mind at Work, identifies key aspects of such a program.

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Navigating Emerging Ethical Issues: Lessons from Bioethics, Tech, and Human Rights

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Navigating Emerging Ethical Issues: Lessons from Bioethics, Tech, and Human Rights

A human rights-based approach provides a strong foundation for addressing ethical issues. Based on our work with healthcare and tech companies and expertise in applying human rights frameworks to businesses’ ethical challenges, we share insights on best practices for managing emerging ethical issues in a corporate context.

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Tailoring Mental Health Efforts for Low-Income and Frontline Workers

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Tailoring Mental Health Efforts for Low-Income and Frontline Workers

Mental health issues that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic persist among American workers. Our members discussed how employers have effectively advanced mental well-being and resilience for their most at-risk employees.

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Unlocking Opportunities in Access to Healthcare

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Unlocking Opportunities in Access to Healthcare

While progress has been made in the past two decades, half the world’s population still lacks access to essential healthcare services. As a step in their collective action for driving progress, BSR and the HCWG have developed the Access to Healthcare Leadership Ladder.

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China’s 14th Five-Year Plan: Broad Insights for the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries

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China’s 14th Five-Year Plan: Broad Insights for the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries

China's 14th Five-Year Plan includes the "Healthy China" strategy, which aims to improve overall social conditions, including healthcare. How will this impact the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries?

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Workers’ Mental Health Is Suffering. Now, There’s a Roadmap for Companies That Want to Help

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Workers’ Mental Health Is Suffering. Now, There’s a Roadmap for Companies That Want to Help

As companies decide how to address workforce mental health, the Healthy Business Coalition has released a roadmap to promote mental well-being and resilience.

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Meeting the Moment for Healthcare: Q&A with Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs, GSK

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Meeting the Moment for Healthcare: Q&A with Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs, GSK

BSR connected with Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs at GSK, ahead of BSR Conference 2020 to hear his thoughts on what business, in particular the healthcare industry, should do not only to meet the current moment, but also to build a more equitable and sustainable future.

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Healthcare Members

  • AstraZeneca PLC
  • Bausch Health Companies Inc.
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Catalent, Inc
  • Cook Medical Holdings
  • Eisai Company, Ltd.
  • Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
  • Illumina, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Leo Pharma
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Novartis
  • Olympus Corporation
  • Organon
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Sanofi S.A.
  • Takeda
  • Terumo Corporation
  • Zuellig Pharma

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Collaborative Initiatives on Healthcare

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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Meet the Team for Healthcare

Sandra Cornet-Vernet

Sandra Cornet-Vernet

Business Transformation Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Laura Gitman

Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer

Americas


Meghan Grever

Meghan Grever

Manager, Consumer Sectors

Americas


Jonathan Morris

Jonathan Morris

Associate Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Asako Nagai

Asako Nagai

Managing Director

Asia-Pacific


Cecile Oger

Cecile Oger

Managing Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Pinal Patel

Pinal Patel

Sustainability Manager, Healthcare

Americas


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Contact the Healthcare team with any questions.