GBCHealth is a coalition of companies and organizations committed to investing their resources to make a healthier world for their employees, for the communities in which they work, and for the world at large.
Our Vision is a global business community that is fully contributing its assets, skills, influence and reach to make the world healthier.
Our Mission is to leverage the power and resources of the private sector to meet today’s most pressing global health challenges, with a focus on high-priority health goals and lower-resource settings where business can make a powerful positive impact.
How We Work
GBCHealth serves as a hub for business engagement on the world’s most pressing global health issues. Since 2001 we have helped hundreds of companies develop and implement their own global health programs, brokered countless global and local public-private partnerships and connections and effectively leveraged business advocacy in service of public health.
Beginning in 2014 we sharpened our focus on engaging the private sector specifically in attaining the health Millennium Development Goals (or MDGs) by their December 31, 2015 deadline. Our topmost priority is to maximize corporate sector participation in this final push to meet worldwide targets for cutting maternal, newborn and child deaths and advancing HIV, TB and malaria efforts. As the international community now shifts to focus on the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we will continue to ensure that business plays a central role in contributing to this new global framework.
Through convenings, partnership creation, advocacy and thought leadership, innovative financing and spearheading carefully selected initiatives, GBCHealth is the advisor of choice for companies interested in bringing their assets, skills and passion to help meet our shared goals for health.
Convenings & Events
GBCHealth is known for its convenings, which provide leaders from the private sector, governments, multilaterals and civil society with the opportunity to come together to engage on the essential role that business can play in addressing global health challenges. These include Webinars, action-oriented gatherings such as the 2015 Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) Nigeria Technical Forum and issue-focused conferences such as “Reaching the Health MDGs: The Critical Role of India’s Business Sector.” View upcoming events here.
GBCHealth is the private sector’s principal coordination clearinghouse, curating and presenting opportunities for companies to contribute, then linking them with strategic partners, including governments, other corporations, UN and multilateral organizations and skilled NGOs. GBCHealth staff identifies and pitches specific pathways for companies to increase their impact through initiatives targeting specific health issues or geographies, strategic partnerships and other collaborative actions.
Along with the companies themselves, our closest partners include:
- Office of the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria (UNSEO) and the affiliated MDG Health Alliance
- UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child Movement, an unprecedented global movement spearheaded by the Secretary-General to mobilize and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children.
- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- The Roll Back Malaria Partnership
- The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Support of Every Woman Every Child housed at the World Bank
Advocacy and Leadership
Business can be a powerful voice and advocate for action on global health issues. When they join together, top-level executives can make a difference in health priorities, particularly when their advocacy is in partnership with other business leaders and complements the work of the public health community. GBCHealth creates platforms for companies and their executives to support health issues. One powerful example is our 2013 CEO Pledge to End HIV Travel Restrictions, a campaign promoted by 40 CEOs including Richard Branson, Kenneth Cole and Chip Bergh of Levi Strauss & Co.
GBCHealth also plays a thought leadership role by championing best practices in business engagement on health, and by identifying trends in the private sector’s response to global health challenges. Our suite of case studies, Issue Briefs, benchmarking reports and newsletters can be accessed in our Library here. The organization also provides recognition and visibility to companies for their global health actions through its annual Business Action on Health Awards program.
GBCHealth helps companies committed to investing financial resources in support of global health programs identify high-impact beneficiary partners and like-minded peer investors. Recognizing that private capital will be critical to finishing the MDG agenda and tackling the health-related SDGs, GBCHealth’s innovative financing portfolio emphasizes pooled funding, performance-based outcomes and local solutions. The Health Credit Exchange (HCX) is GBCHealth’s inaugural financing initiative.
Alliance-building/Secretariat Management/Special Initiatives
Through private sector Focal Point roles with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa, GBCHealth provides well-structured and credible platforms for private sector players to share expertise, lend resources and help shape global health intervention strategies. Learn more about our Focal Point roles here.