Corporate influences on declining global public health indicators

Global health, Chronic and infectious diseases, Social and health policy sciences
Posted March 07, 2014

Principal Investigators

Lee, K


Erikson, S


$20,000 - CIHR




The worldwide trends in increasing risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has coincided with profound changes to the world economy, including the growth of corporations producing goods and services impacting on health determinants and outcomes. This has led to much debate about the role of corporations in shifting patterns of health and disease, and recognition of the need to better understand how corporations adapt and operate in specific locations and globally; what similarities and differences in form and operations exist across industries; and ultimately what types of activities by corporations affect population health. This research, in turn, will support the development of policy interventions to regulate the activities of corporations, or influence how they operate, in ways that protect and promote population health.


Building on the work started by the Corporations and Global Health Research Network (COGHERN) in 2010-2012, this project hosted the second Network’s workshop of international scholars –Workshop on Corporations and Global Health Governance- to advance knowledge, share methodologies, and encourage collaborative and comparative analyses of corporate actors and activities relevant to global health governance.  Industries reviewed included tobacco, alcohol, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, resource extraction, textiles, medical technologies, and health care providers and insurers.