SDG3: Good health and well-being
We have made great progress against several leading causes of death and disease. Life expectancy has increased dramatically; infant and maternal mortality rates have declined, we’ve turned the tide on HIV and malaria deaths have halved.
Good health is essential to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda reflects the complexity and interconnectedness of the two. It takes into account widening economic and social inequalities, rapid urbanization, threats to the climate and the environment, the continuing burden of HIV and other infectious diseases, and emerging challenges such as noncommunicable diseases. Universal health coverage will be integral to achieving SDG 3, ending poverty and reducing inequalities. Emerging global health priorities not explicitly included in the SDGs, including antimicrobial resistance, also demand action.
But the world is off-track to achieve the health-related SDGs. Progress has been uneven, both between and within countries. There’s a 31-year gap between the countries with the shortest and longest life expectancies. And while some countries have made impressive gains, national averages hide that many are being left behind. Multisectoral, rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches are essential to address inequalities and to build good health for all. (UNDP, 2015)
Companies that are achieving this are:
Unilever Pte Ltd (NYSE:UL)
Industry: Food & Staples Retailing, Beverages, Food Products, Household Products, Personal Products
Headquartered in: UK
Unilever has launched a "Future Foods" ambition to help people eat better, by offering affordable and healthier foods and beverages, and encouraging them to cook with healthy recipes. Its targets, among others, include:
1) Bringing more plant-based foods to market by reaching EURO 1 Billion in annual sales from plant-based meat and dairy altenratives by 2025-2027.
2) Doubling the number of products sold that deliver positive nutrition by 2025.
3) Having 70% of its products meet WHO-aligned nutritional standards by 2022.
4) Reducing the sugar and salt content in products such as ice cream by 2025.
By encouraging people towards healthier diets, Unilver is progressing towards SDG 3.
BAYER (FWB:BAYN, OTC:BAYRY)
1. By 2030, Bayer will have facilitated access to everyday health care for 100 million people in underserved regions or social strata. 2. In 2020, they already reached 43 million people.
Industry: Agricultural Products, Personal Products, Pharmaceuticals
Headquartered in: Germany
Industry: Life & Health Insurance
Headquartered in: UK
Prudential developed an app called Pulse, which is free to download. It empowers people to take control of their personal health, anytime and anywhere. The app has been downloaded around 20 million times in Asia and Africa, as of February 2021.
Through investments in people, medicines and health systems, Eli Lilly aims to reach 30 million people in resource-limited settings annually by 2030. Additionally, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement, Lilly doesn't pursue or enforce patents in the least developed countries.
Headquartered in: US
Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY)
Danone (EURONEXT:BN, OTC:DANOY)
Danone is committed to promoting healthier eating and drinking habits to prevent non-communicable diseases through a Healthier Alimentation Strategy built around better products, choices and consumption.
At the same time, Danone is committed to give access to health, education and health care to each of its 100 000 employees everywhere accross the world. About 70% of Danone employees live in emerging countries where healthcare systems are often expensive to access: in 2010, Danone launched the Dan’Cares program with the goal of providing all Danone employees with quality healthcare coverage of major risks, while taking account of different market practices. The three main risks are hospitalization and surgery, outpatient care and maternity care. As end of 2019, 99,627 employees in over 53 countries received healthcare coverage through Dan'Cares.