People, planet, profits, and health are inextricably linked.

In this talk, Sharon will discuss findings from the Lancet series on people, profits, and health: the commercial determinants of health.

Many commercial organisations’ practices and products are contributing to growing health problems and harming the environment, with industries that produce tobacco, alcohol, highly processed foods, and fossil fuels responsible for over a third of preventable global deaths each year. Issues of corporate power, government failure to regulate and the role of civil society in holding commercial actors to account will be explored.

About the speaker

Sharon Friel is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse and Australian Research Centre for Health Equity (ARCHE) in RegNet, Australian National University. Her work focuses on governance of the planetary, social and commercial determinants of health inequities. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences of Australia.

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Image credit: Photo of processed food for sale at a local store in Gizo, Western Province, Solomon Islands by Filip Milovac from flickr, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED licence .





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