Report: What Can Companies Do to Tackle the Threat of Chronic Disease?
The International Business Leaders Forum has released ‘Many Healthy Returns’, a specialised industry report and action framework on the role of business in tackling chronic disease.
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) September 22, 2011 - The International Business Leaders Forum, a global independent organisation working with top MNCs on responsible business, has released ‘Many Healthy Returns’, a specialised industry report and action framework on the role of business in tackling chronic or 'non-communicable' disease (cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes). You can download the report here.
Published to coincide with the UN General Assembly’s high-level meeting (20 Sept 2011) in New York on the theme, the report focuses on the overlapping interests between business and global health strategy to prevent and control NCDs, including an action framework for the food and beverage sector. NCDs cause 63% of global deaths and an estimated cost in excess of 1 trillion US dollars per year. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), they cause approximately 36 million deaths each year.
• Stresses the urgency of the threat to society from NCDs
• Presents a detailed framework for action for food and beverage companies
• Emphasises ways in which business of all kinds can be a part of the solution
• Provides illustrative examples of different private sector contributions via core business operations (marketplace and workplace)
• Demonstrates the necessity of collaboration among business, government, NGOs and other community organisations to tackle the complex issue
In the executive summary of Many Healthy Returns, co-authors Olive Boles and Yvonne Halsey assert: "If trends continue, no country in the world will be able to afford the healthcare burden that NCDs will bring. Societies will be gravely damaged by the combination of a growing, ageing and chronically sick population, with a less productive workforce to support it"
Yvonne Halsey - firstname.lastname@example.org