It’s difficult to be healthy in an unhealthy society, according to COVID-19, a public health study. More than just genes and lifestyle choices determine an individual’s and a population’s health and well-being. People’s health and behavior are influenced by the social determinants of health, which include things like where they live, go to school, go to work, and how old they are.
Gender, racial and ethnic disparities in health disparities are caused by inequalities in education, employment, working conditions, income, and wealth. Groups that are already marginalized suffer as a result of these inequities, as do entire societies. The life expectancy of the poorer sections of a country’s population is lower, and they are more likely to be sick or disabled during their shorter lifespans. More unequal societies have poorer health outcomes than societies where there are fewer disparities. This is true across countries.
As a political and business issue, this is a difficult one to tackle simultaneously. Businesses have a significant impact on the health of society, and businesses an impact on the health of society.
Businesses have a direct and indirect impact on the health of their customers and employees
There are a number of ways in which businesses can have an impact on the health of the community, including directly by providing affordable housing or health care and by supporting charities and civil society organizations.
Costing the U.S. economy $3.7 trillion in 2016, health care costs and productivity losses caused by chronic diseases accounted for one-fifth of GDP. The social determinants of health and the availability of health care for a wide range of society’s stakeholders shape the disease burden in part.
Businesses, as employers, have a direct impact on the lives of their employees and their families by determining their working conditions and indirectly affecting their quality of life. Workers’ health improves when their jobs are well-designed and feature fair pay and benefits, supportive coworkers and supervisors, a healthy work-life balance, opportunities for skill development and advancement, and other positive aspects. Indirect effects include the security of employees’ and their families’ food, housing, and energy supplies, as well as their ability to pay for their children’s education, health care, and retirement.
Corporations have an important role to play in shaping both the physical environment (e.g., by polluting or protecting the environment) and community resilience (e.g., by building social capital) (by helping or hindering social equity, connections, and capabilities).
By committing to and investing in thriving, resilient communities, COVID-19 has shown that healthy societies and economies are interdependent. NOW is the time to cultivate virtuous cycles.
That Reflect Company Values in the Supply Chain
Businesses can use their purchasing power to influence supply chain partners’ standards and practices. A company’s value chain can set objectives, assess risks, and provide incentives and support (such as funding, guidance, and technology) to improve societal health metrics. The ripple effects on the health of workers and their families, as well as the health of their communities, could have a positive impact on societal health, even in less developed or regulated countries.
Businesses, as providers of goods and services, have an immediate and long-term impact on the health of their customers and the communities in which they operate. When businesses invest, they can have an impact on other companies’ impact on consumer welfare and the well-being of their communities.
The Working and Living Environments of Employees can be Changed by Companies
This pandemic has exposed and magnified socioeconomic and health inequalities, prompting businesses and society to reconsider the private sector’s role in creating and maintaining healthy societies that are better prepared to withstand future crises. The health of society is being improved and sustained in a variety of ways by a wide range of organisations, from large corporations to small nonprofits.
Working conditions are one area that can be improved. Fair compensation that is sufficient to meet basic living needs and cover unexpected events is becoming increasingly popular. For example, a multinational consumer goods company has committed to a global fair compensation policy with the goal of ensuring a living wage or income for all employees by 2030. Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace are becoming more and more critical to the success of businesses. When it comes to hiring and developing employees, a South African energy company hires people from underrepresented groups, and a multinational recruitment services provider collaborates with Red Cross to prepare people with disabilities for work. Many retail companies require pledges from supplier factories to protect the health and safety of women workers as another lever in the supply chain.
The second area of focus is on living conditions, including support for healthy home environments and healthy behaviour and lifestyles.. “Resources for Living” is an example of a programme that aids workers in the face of everyday difficulties and disruptive crises, such as those faced by a multinational life sciences company. Using risk assessments, activity goals and tracking, rewards and incentives, an insurer offer wellness services and platforms to help people develop and maintain healthy habits.