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Sustainable changes within our communities have the potential to positively impact our environment, health and wellbeing among others. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3) is important to build prosperous societies, and can be considered a pre-requisite to alleviate poverty, sustain social and economic development and educational attainment.

The biggest opportunities for the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry to create shared value – i.e. where we see the coming together of market potential, societal demands and policy action – are grouped around the following themes:

  • PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE – Collaborate with Governments, the UN, civil society, health insurers, technology providers and other stakeholders to improve population health and well-being through increased preventive action. 
  • UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE – Collaborate with Governments and health insurers to achieve universal access to free or affordable healthcare including people on low incomes in low, middle, and high-income countries.
  • RESILIENT HEALTHCARE – Develop healthcare systems which are resilient to shocks and changes arising from climate change, environmental stress, population growth, fragility, antimicrobial resistance, and increasing morbidity from ageing populations and unhealthy lifestyles.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE – Invest in resource efficient buildings, production processes, logistics and services which reduce the environmental footprint of healthcare products and services.



Download the complete SDG Industry Matrix: HEALTHCARE & LIFE SCIENCES

The Matrix provides some of the most significant opportunities, principles-based initiatives and collaborations for the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry. It includes several examples of collaborations which advance sustainable development, including some of the largest global collaborations for Healthcare and Life Sciences. 


Contact KPMG’s professionals for personalized guidance or to discuss these insights at length.

Kasturi Nathan
Head of Governance & Sustainability
T: +603 7721 7084
Lee Yee Keng
Sector Lead – Healthcare
T: +603 7721 3010