Better Health

This Impact Area invests your money in companies impacting United Nations Global Goal 3, Good Health and Well-being, which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Why is this important?

According to United Nations:

  • 17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990, but more than six million children die before their fifth birthday each year.
  • Fewer teens are having children in most developing regions, but progress has slowed. The large increase in contraceptive use in the 1990s was not matched in the 2000s.
  • Between 2000 and 2013, tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions saved an estimated 37 million lives. The tuberculosis mortality rate fell by 45% and the prevalence rate by 41% between 1990 and 2013.
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How do we choose companies in this Impact Area?

  • We look at company reporting
  • We partner with third-party rating firms
  • We employ a proprietary scoring methodology
  • We exclude companies with severe negative incidents or controversies

On what themes and metrics are companies evaluated?

  • Steps taken to provide employee health and well-being programs
  • Promotion of low-cost medical devices and medicines globally
  • Percentage of revenue spent on R&D for rare diseases

Better Health

Sample Companies
  • AWK American Water Works Company, Inc.
  • VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • MRK Merck & Co., Inc.
  • REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • ABT Abbott Laboratories

The featured companies are examples of companies that may be included in the portfolio.