Economic strategies for health equality - Building bridges with business and economic development

Thursday, 4 October 2018 | 12.00-13.30 | Room 2

Organised by The Health Foundation

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There is increasing recognition that growth should be shared more equally to reduce entrenched income inequalities. This can be seen through economic strategies such as inclusive growth. This is important for health given the widely accepted association between income and health status. In parallel, there is a lot of activity to promote the role of responsible business and the links between good work and health. Action to tackle health inequalities alongside work in business and economic development sectors can be mutually reinforcing. Realising this potential requires coordinated action across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular, Goal 3 (health and wellbeing) Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth) and Goal 10 (reduced inequalities). Achieving this will require a narrative that speaks to policy makers and practitioners focused on health, economic development and business leaders.

The panel discussion will highlight work that the OECD is doing to promote inclusive growth and explore how business can drive sustainable change to the future of health and wellbeing through the UN Global Compact.

Attendees of this lunch workshop are invited to explore the following issues through small table discussion:

  • The extent to which national and local economic strategies promote inclusive growth, reduce socio-economic inequalities and consider health and health inequalities.
  • The role of the SDGs in supporting transformative policy making across sectors.

Session Recording

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Speakers & panellists

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FABRICE MURTIN, Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

CHARLOTTE ERSBØLL, Senior Advisor, United Nations Global Compact

EMMA SPENCELAYH, Senior Policy Advisor, The Health Foundation


FIONA ADSHEAD, Independent expert advisor on wellbeing, sustainability and public health

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NameMurtin, Fabrice
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NameSpencelayh, Emma
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NameAdshead, Fiona
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