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GBCHealth Insights: Business Action on Health Awards

2012 Business Action on Health Awards: Greatest Variety of Programs Ever

Helene Coulson, GBCHealth

Every year, the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards shine a light on the private sector’s most impressive achievements in global health. Presented at GBCHealth’s annual conference, the awards recognize and celebrate the role of business in tackling the world’s most pressing health challenges.

This year, for the first time, GBCHealth opened up all categories to any kind of health intervention, reflecting the expansion of our mandate beyond our traditional focus areas of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. As a result, we received an exciting diversity of applications from across the globe. They included a non-surgical male circumcision device making strategic use of a plastic ring and high-tech rubber band; a clean water filtration program funded through carbon credits; a zero-judgment workplace drug-dependency program; an information technology network overhaul in earthquake-ravaged Sichuan, China; and an awe-inspiring multi-continent, multi-million dollar initiative to fight preventable blindness – among many, many more.

Most applications represented projects based in Africa (53%), with Asia (14%) the next most common location and 9% based in the USA/Canada. Many programs (13%) took place in multiple continents and several had a worldwide reach. In terms of program focus, GBCHealth’s traditional interest areas of AIDS, TB and malaria and employee wellness remained well-represented (31% and 11%, respectively) but we also saw a strong showing in the areas of mHealth (11%), healthcare technology (7%) and cardiovascular health & diabetes (4%).

The Judging: How it Works

GBCHealth’s goal in recognizing these programs is twofold: to give companies valuable exposure for their successes and to prompt others to action – twin aims that are at the core of GBCHealth’s mission. But though GBCHealth bestows these honors, we do not decide the winners. The prestige of our awards is a direct reflection of the rigorous evaluation process by internationally-respected external judges, comprising experts drawn from across the governmental, multilateral, NGO, academic and business sectors. The wealth of experience and insight our judges bring to their role is invaluable and ensures that the Business Action on Health Awards review process is highly meaningful.

Here’s how it works: Each year GBCHealth selects a new panel of judges and assigns them each an awards category. Every category has multiple judges. Applications are scored on 11 criteria, such as the program’s Alignment with Need, its Metrics and its Results. These scores are combined to determine one winner and up to three commended companies per category. Though each program can be awarded up to 52 points, winners are sometimes decided by quite small margins, reflecting the strength of applications across the board. So while there can be only one winner (or, in very rare cases, two joint winners) per category, a commendation in the Business Action on Health Awards is no consolation prize.

We’d like to take this opportunity to once again congratulate all our winning and commended companies for their exemplary work on health, and to thank our world-class judges for making it all possible. And remember, it’s not too early to start thinking about your own application for the Business Action on Health Awards, 2013!

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60 Seconds: Award Winning Corporate Health Programs in a Nutshell

Learn more about four high-impact corporate health programs through short videos about these 2012 award winners.

  • Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold outlines its corporate program to address malaria prevention and treatment in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. | Watch the video
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. provides an overview of its work to improve healthcare in rural China through information technology. | Watch the video
  • Sumitomo Chemical offers an employee’s account of the impact of the company’s mosquito net production in Tanzania. | Watch the video
  • Vestergaard Frandsen explains its innovative Carbon for Water initiative, which provides clean drinking water in rural Kenya while addressing environmental concerns. | Watch the video

Expert Insights: Global Health Leaders Share Views on the Future of Corporate Work in Health

This GBCHealth video series gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the leading corporate programs in health and the chance to hear from thought leaders. We spoke with the experts, who describe how their companies “define forward” in their work in global health, the theme of this year’s GBCHealth conference, explain how they continue to innovate and expand their programs and what motivates them to keep pushing boundaries and advancing their work in health.

Award Winners | What defines the leading corporate health programs? How are companies across sectors thinking about innovation, sustainability and the future of their work? Learn from the 2012 Business Action on Health award winners about their current programs' effectiveness, as well as their goals for the coming years.

  • Carlos Dominguez, Cisco Systems, Inc. | Watch now
  • Gabriele Zedlmayer, HP | Watch now
  • Huma Abbasi, M.D. and Janis Davis-Street, Chevron | Watch now
  • John Paterson, Standard Chartered Bank | Watch now
  • Morrison Bethea, M.D., Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold | Watch now
  • Professor Keith McAdam, AMREF | Watch now
  • Scott Mitchell, Sumitomo Chemical | Watch now
  • Tzameret Fuerst, PrePex | Watch now

Judges | Judges from our 2012 Business Action on Health awards speak to the importance of business engagement on global health, outline what they consider outstanding features of successful health programs and note trends they anticipate in the next few years.

  • Evan Lee, M.D., Eli Lilly and Company | Watch now
  • James Hospedales, M.D., Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) | Watch now

Thought Leaders | An impressive range of global health leaders joined GBCHealth in New York for the 2012 GBCHealth conference in May. Here they share their insights on how business can help improve health through a range of platforms and programs.

  • Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Susan G. Komen for the Cure | Watch now
  • Dean Ornish, M.D., Preventative Medicine Research Institute | Watch now
  • Deepak Chopra, The Chopra Foundation | Watch now
  • Edward Greene, M.D., UNAIDS | Watch now
  • Gary Cohen, BD | Watch now
  • Helene Gayle, M.D., CARE | Watch now
  • Kari Stoever, Aeras | Watch now
  • Naveen Rao, Merck, MDG Health Alliance | Watch now
  • Nicolai Lohse, Novo Nordisk A/S | Watch now

And more »

Additional Resources

Heineken Receives the 2012 Leadership AwardThe GBCHealth website is full of resources to help you build your corporate health programs with best practices from other companies and partners. We also have information to help you improve your application for a Business Action on Health Award in 2013.

  • Read the case studies from the winning and commended 2012 Business Action on Health programs
  • Learn how to put together an award-winning application for the 2013 Business Action on Health Awards
  • Miss the 2012 GBCHealth Conference? Access videos of the session, along with key takeaways here