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In week 3, we will explores SDG 3, which calls to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.

The Global Challenge:
Since 2000, impressive advancements have been made on many health fronts. However, to meet the Sustainable Development Goals health targets by 2030, progress must be accelerated, in particular in regions with the highest burden of disease. Children are most vulnerable in the first 28 days of life (the neonatal period). In 2015, the global neonatal mortality rate was 19 deaths per 1,000 live births, a decrease from 31 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000. Neonatal mortality is highest in Central and Southern Asia and in sub-Saharan Africa, at 29 deaths per 1,000 live births in each of those regions in 2015, according to the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.
Your Business Opportunity:
Investing in healthy lives and well-being for all can build your reputation in corporate responsibility, while strengthening the communities in your supply chain. Goal 3 has been ranked as the SDG with the highest potential for business opportunities (along with Goal 8 on employment and economic growth).
Contact us to showcase your leadership in ensuring good helath and promoting well-being. 

Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 3

Levi Strauss & Co.
“World AIDS Day — held on December 1 every year since 1988 — marks an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with the disease, and commemorate those who have died.

At LS&Co., the day is also a chance to reflect upon the company’s history of progressive leadership in addressing HIV/AIDS in the workplace and around the world through education, policy change and human rights advocacy. In 1981, AIDS didn’t even have a name. In 1982, then-CEO Bob Haas and other top LS&Co. leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder with concerned employees in San Francisco to distribute informational pamphlets.

Today, LS&Co. remains the longest continuous corporate supporter in the fight against HIV/AIDS, with over $70 million granted globally to date through the Levi Strauss Foundation. While an HIV/AIDS diagnosis is no longer synonymous with imminent death, there is still work to be done and their commitment to achieving an HIV-free generation is unwavering.”

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Grow your Positive Impact: Collaborate with NGOs and Other Companies

Partnering with NGOs focusing on health and well-being can help leverage the experience, knowledge, best practices, and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.

“UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential.
Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival, health and development. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in and contribute to their communities, and to be resilient in the face of disease, disasters, and other global crises.

But for the millions of children suffering from malnutrition, the reality is stark. Every year, around 3 million children die due to undernutrition. For millions more, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts the physical and cognitive growth of children.

The good news is that we can change this.”

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SDG 3 Highlight: 2017 3S Award Nominee for Technology Innovation

Coolar
Coolar has developed a refrigerator that is powered by heat instead of electricity. With its innovative, sustainable and entirely electricity independent adsorption cooling technology, Coolar aims to improve refrigeration of vaccines in remote off-grid health facilities in developing regions. The goal is to bring the technology to those who need it most.

In order to do this Coolar has completed multiple prototypes who were tested with external partners and demonstrated its technology with positive feedback from 5 remote health centres in northern Kenya.

Ultimately the green cooling technology of Coolar can be adapted to make cooling greener in a variety of applications. Coolar wants to change the way cooling is done!

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