Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Health is a fundamental human right and a key indicator of sustainable development. In recent years notable progress has been made, but significant challenges remain.
This SDG has several 2030 targets to which every company can contribute. These targets aim to reduce maternal mortality and preventable deaths of newborns and young children; reduce mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment; promote mental health and wellbeing; ensure universal health coverage and access to sexual and reproductive health care services; substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution; and halve the number of deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.
Every Future-Fit Business must avoid slowing down progress toward this SDG by:
Procurement of goods and services does not hinder progress.
The environmental and social footprints of a company’s supply chain affect society’s progress towards many of the global challenges that the SDGs seek to address. By taking steps to increase the fitness of its supply chain, the company encourages actions that support the related SDGs.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 04
Eliminating operational emissions that harm people or the environment and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that business operations do not emit harmful substances into the air (e.g. gaseous pollutants), land (e.g. hazardous pesticides) and water (e.g. effluents and spills).Learn more about Break-Even Goal 05
Safeguarding employee health and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that workplaces across the value chain are conducive to the mental and physical wellbeing of all workers, and in particular that preventable accidents are eliminated (e.g. through adequate training programs).Learn more about Break-Even Goal 10
Paying its employees a living wage and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that workers across the value chain can afford access to basic services – including health care – for their families.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 11
Ensuring products do not harm people or the environment.
This ensures that products do not cause harm as a likely consequence of their use, and that products do not release substances that (a) directly impact people’s health, or (b) indirectly do so by disrupting ecosystems.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 17
Investing in assets that do not hinder progress.
The environmental and social footprints of a company’s investments affect society’s progress towards many of the global challenges that the SDGs seek to address. By taking steps to increase the fitness of its financial assets, the company encourages actions that support the related SDGs.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 23
Any Future-Fit Business may actively speed up progress toward this SDG by:
Ensuring others generate fewer harmful emissions.
Improving air quality by reducing harmful emissions into air positively influences people's health and prevents premature deaths from long-term exposure to air pollution.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 08
Ensuring harmful emissions are removed from the environment.
Improving air quality by neutralizing the effects of harmful emissions into air positively influences people's health and prevents premature deaths from long-term exposure to air pollution.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 09
Ensuring more people are healthy and safe from harm.
Reducing maternal mortality rates and the preventable deaths of children, the health impacts of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, strengthening the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, and achieving universal health coverage including access to sexual and reproductive health-care services all improve people's immediate and long-term health outcomes.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 16
Strengthening market mechanisms in pursuit of future-fitness.
Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services increases people’s capacity to make informed decisions in regards to sexual activity and family planning.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 17
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