How should a business support SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing? This blog discusses the role a business can play towards sustainable development goal 3 to improve global health and wellbeing.
If you live within the EU, you should have access to state funded healthcare and wellbeing facilities. We may complain about the quality of the public services, but we are fortunate to have access to basic healthcare. It is a service that is not readily available in most countries worldwide.
The targets in SDG3, are geared at reducing death rates by improving facilities and access to services in developing countries. For example, the targets are set to reduce:
- Maternal mortality rates
- End the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,
- Ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services are available and
- End preventable deaths of new-borns and children under 5 years.
In the West we may not have the same health problems, but we suffer from other illnesses. Mental health such as depression, anxiety and stress are on the rise. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are also rising. So this post looks at what small businesses should do to achieve better health and wellbeing for their staff locally and contribute globally.
Your Business’ Local Contribution to SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing
We know the importance of physical activities for our bodies and minds. During the summer we spend more time outside. At work, staff will go for short walks and eat outside. But as winter approaches, this activity starts to decline. As a business, set up a walking club for staff to engage in. Encourage them to walk at least twice a week regardless of the season. A 20 minute walk gets them out of the work environment, clear their thoughts and burn some calories.
You could also go a step further and start a healthy eating club. Nominate a champion to encourage staff to join and eat well. Staff don’t need to participate every day, but committing to doing so 2 or 3 times a week is a start.
Finally, construct a sensory garden or vegetable plot around your office. Gardens can be relaxing and therapeutic. Gardening has been known to help reduce stress and anxiety levels.
If your business is located near a leisure or sports centre, set up days to participate in activities such as badminton, football, basketball etc. Whilst this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it will certainly appeal to some members of the team. If you are hesitant to make the decision about the type of activity, send out a ballot and see which one will be the most popular.
Yoga is a favourite with many individuals who are looking a more passive form of physical activities. Yoga enables people to release mental and physical stress in a more relaxed environment.
Health & wellness checks
Team up with your local health centre. It might not seem like an obvious choice, but it is a good way to encourage staff to get regular health checks. The NHS run mobile health screening services, which your local health centre might be able to offer.
Think about offering alternative working arrangements to promote positive health and mental wellbeing in the office. Examples include flexible working hours, time off in lieu and compressed hours. Set up a trial to see how well staff respond and how productive it makes the working environment.
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Your Global Contribution to SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing
Team up with NGOs
Carry out research on charities and NGOs for health and wellness. Numerous workshops and services are run by small scale NGOs globally. There are organisations who will supply sanitation products to remote towns and villages, others will run centres to provide nutritional meals for children and pregnant women, and some will operate immunisation clinics and workshops on sexual health.
Donate products, money or time to such organisations. Alternatively, run a fund raiser to enable staff and the local community to participate and become a part of the global goals.
In my SDG posts so far, I mention the importance of conducting supply chain audits. A few months ago, I watched a documentary called ‘Fashions Dirty Secret’. Why am I mentioning it in this post? The pollutants from local garment factories were seen pouring into the local rivers. These rivers were then used by local communities. People especially children fall ill from using the polluted water. As a business, look at where and how products and raw materials are produced. Carry out a supply chain audit yourself or join a sector specialist to do so on your behalf.
Your business can support SDG3 Health and Wellbeing projects run by Smart Money Green Planet
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A few facts about global health and wellbeing:
- Each year around the world, more than 6 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday.
- Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of 5 as those from wealthier families.
- Measles vaccines have averted nearly 15.6 million deaths since the year 2000.
- Over 6.2 million malaria deaths were averted between 2000 and 2015, primarily of children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Maternal mortality has fallen by almost 50 percent since 1990. In East Asia, North Africa and South Asia, it has declined by around two thirds.
- An estimated 2.1 million people were infected with HIV in 2013, down 38 percent from 2001.
Do you want to help achieve the SDG 2030 targets? Below are links to articles recently written to assist small businesses with SDG ideas:
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