INSEAD’s inaugural Business and Society Forum to explore the role of business in improving health and wellbeing

The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society partners with ChangeNOW, AXA, and the INSEAD Healthcare Management Initiative to explore innovative solutions for tackling global health challenges.

Middle East, Americas, Asia, Europe
14 January 2020

INSEAD, the business school for the world, is organising its first business and society forum to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2020 forum will focus specifically on SDG3: Good Health and Wellbeing.

Held on 31 January 2020 at the Grand Palais in Paris, the Forum will convene thought leaders from academia, business, governments and civil society to address pressing topics on nutrition, public health, healthcare delivery, access to medicines, innovation and more. By focusing on the vital issues that are preventing half the world from accessing basic health care services, the Forum aims to lead a dynamic conversation on how businesses can work with governments and stakeholders to improve the sustainability of health systems.

The INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society is collaborating with organizations united by a common vision of ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all. These partners include ChangeNOW, the world’s largest social impact summit co-founded by INSEAD alumni; AXA, a world leading global health insurance, investment management, and financial services company, through its scientific philanthropy initiative the AXA Research Fund; and the INSEAD Healthcare Management Initiative, a research centre focused on improving health systems to make them more efficient and sustainable around the world.

According to Katell Le Goulven, Executive Director of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society: “Health is central to several SDGs with their progress depending on the wellbeing of a growing global population, today and into the future. Healthcare innovations are also compelling business opportunities. Therefore, finding solutions for health is not just the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. We have organised this Forum with our partners to explore evidence-based solutions for healthy communities that thrive on a healthy planet.”  

 “At AXA, health is one of our strategic pillars. We aim to develop innovative prevention and protection solutions to help our customers live better, healthier lives. To respond to the profound challenges of the healthcare, we leverage our innovation ecosystem and build collective solutions with public and private sectors, NGOs and academia,” says Marie Bogataj, Head of the AXA Research Fund. “We are excited to partner with the INSEAD Hoffmann Institute for their first Business and Society Forum focusing on health to share our most promising innovations to tackle the rising challenges.”

Kevin Tayebaly, Co-Founder of ChangeNOW, comments, “We are proud to partner with INSEAD, a school founded on the vision that business can bring together people, cultures and ideas to create a better world. That vision is reflected in our mission to grow global solutions addressing our greatest challenges, and to turn business into a catalyst for positive change on our societies. INSEAD's global community of business leaders has an incredible role to play in this transition towards a more sustainable world.”

Speakers of the Forum include Paul Polman, co-founder and chair of IMAGINE, who will discuss opportunities for innovation in addressing SDG3; and Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roche Holding AG, who will examine the role of industry and partnerships in achieving universal health coverage.

To find out more about the programme and to register for the Business and Society Forum on Health, visit here.



About the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society

An INSEAD institute exploring the intersection of business and society. The challenges of our times are unprecedented, and the decisions made by leaders today determine the future. Our aim is to equip them to make decisions in ways that deliver positive outcomes for business, communities, people and our planet in line with globally agreed sustainability goals.


About AXA and the AXA Research Fund

The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 171,000 employees serving 105 million clients in 61 countries. The AXA Research Fund is AXA’s global scientific philanthropy initiative, dedicated to supporting and sharing research around key societal challenges in Climate and the Environment, Health, Socio Economics and New Technologies. With a commitment of 250 million Euro, AXA’s research fund has supported close to 650 research projects since 2007, of which 250 in the area of health.

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About the INSEAD Healthcare Management Initiative

The Healthcare Management Initiative at INSEAD was founded on the belief that many of the systemic challenges of the healthcare industry globally can benefit from the application of principles that stem from rigorous, evidence-based thought leadership. As the world’s leading global business school, INSEAD is uniquely positioned to contribute to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in this space. Faculty research is multi-disciplinary, with recent studies deepening our understanding of processes for more effective clinical trials, exploring the role of social and policy factors on public health outcomes, evaluating the impact of marketing on consumer health choices, and modelling how process improvements in healthcare delivery can enhance patient value.

We aim to inspire current and future leaders to tackle healthcare challenges through scientific and innovative approaches that ultimately have the potential to make health systems more efficient and sustainable around the world. We do this by pursuing relevant research that can impact policy and practice, and by developing leaders with the skills for value-driven initiatives in health care.  


About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. Our research, teaching and partnerships reflect this global perspective and cultural diversity.

With locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and now North America (San Francisco), INSEAD's business education and research spans four regions. Our 165 renowned Faculty members from 41 countries inspire more than 1,300 degree participants annually in our MBA, Global Executive MBA, Specialised Master’s degrees (Executive Master in Finance and Executive Master in Change) and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD Executive Education programmes each year.

INSEAD continues to conduct cutting-edge research and innovate across all our programmes. We provide business leaders with the knowledge and awareness to operate anywhere. Our core values drive academic excellence and serve the global community as The Business School for the World.

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