How can an organisation pursue SDG3?
In the West, we tend to suffer from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress. Physical health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease are also rising.
How can businesses promote better health and well-being for their staff locally and contribute globally?
- Encourage physical activities such as walking during breaks.
- Encourage healthy eating and drinking.
- Improve the environment both inside and outside the workplace.
- Sports - arrange sporting activities for staff, including walking, running, swimming, badminton, football, yoga, etc.
- Health and wellness checks - encourage staff to get regular health checks.
- Lifestyle alignment - offer flexible working arrangements that reduce business-personal stress and improve people's work-life balance.
- Support local charities that operate in the health and wellbeing space.
Organisations can also contribute globally:
- Support for NGOs - donation of products, money and time. For example, help to fund organisations delivering improved sanitation and health care.
- Supply chain - ensure that suppliers support health and well-being in their organisations, through comprehensive supply chain audits.
- Products - develop and provide products that help enhance health and well-being globally.
The Wiggly Worm Project
Their vision is to be the leading UK charity for creating opportunities for life through food. They are a small but bold team achieving life-enhancing outcomes. They offer hands-on experiences in the world of food, often working with those in society who are vulnerable, disadvantaged or seldom heard.
They deliver practical results to individuals, communities, local authorities and public sector organisations. Their expertise lies in using food in everyday ways to deliver physical and mental health benefits.
Working with those of all ages and abilities, their courses motivate people to make choices about who they are and what they can be.
Recognising the interdependence of health and development, SDG3 provide a purposeful plan for people, the planet and prosperity and for improving health and development outcomes.
SDG 3 aspires to ensure health and well-being for all. It also aims to achieve universal health coverage and provide everyone access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines.
SDG3 aims to "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages".
It has thirteen associated aims, that include:
Reduce the global maternal mortality and end preventable deaths of new-borns and children under 5 years of age.
Reduce premature mortality from diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.
Reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.
Reduce global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.
Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services.
Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines and provide access to medicines for all.
Good Dividends in partnership with QuoLux™ provide purpose-led leadership training programmes to enable leaders to align their businesses with Sustainable Development Goals.