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Global Ideas Lab: Big Business & Health

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Mezzanine rooms 2 and 3, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

792 Elizabeth Street

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Global Ideas is delighted to invite you to our second Lab for 2018! Join us for an engaging evening over some light nibbles and wine.


Big Business & Health will explore the impact big business has on global health and health policy and the potential this influence poses for positive change.


Today, some multinational corporations have revenue streams comparable to, or even in excess of, the GDP of entire nation-states (1). In a world where money can substitute for influence, this gives corporations enormous sway over domestic and international politics. The pursuit of profit and influence may be at the expense of healthy environments or behaviours, undermine the integrity of political systems, or inhibit the progress of societies that generate their wealth.

Meanwhile, corporate social responsibility initiatives by big business have involved large transfers of skills, knowledge and money to social endeavours. A distinction can be made between those companies which comply with statutory requirements and those that engage in “actions that appear to further some social good, beyond the interests of the firm and that which is required by law” (2).


How might we engage with big business to generate sustainable and ethical development?

How might we see profit married with purpose?

How might we hold big business to account?


Using the UN SDGs as a framework, Global Ideas presents a panel of industry experts for an evening of engaging discussion:

Professor Rob Moodie AM (moderator); Professor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, and Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH)

Alexandra Wall, Food Incubator Program Manager, Chobani. Board member and Director of Communications, Global Ideas.

Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition - http://www.opc.org.au

Associate Professor Nathan Grills, Public Health Physician and NHMRC post doctoral fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


Participants will take away a deeper understanding of the downstream effects of big business decisions on large populations, and the responsibilities of the corporate world to the societies that support them. We hope to inspire individuals to demand thoughtful, ethical and sustainable business models from those they interact with as well as to call for and support alterations in legislation that maintain the integrity of our political systems.


1. Global Policy Forum (2010). Comparison of the World’s 25 Largest Corporations with the GDP of Selected Countries. Available from: https://www.globalpolicy.org/images/pdfs/Comparison_of_Corporations_with_GDP_of_Countries_table.pdf

2. McWilliams, Abagail; Siegel, Donald; Wright, Patrick M. (March 2006). "Corporate Social Responsibility: International Perspectives" (PDF). Working Papers (0604). Troy, New York: Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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