Launch of the Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health
In November 2019, United for Global Mental Health convened a group of experts, NGOs, charities and businesses to discuss how best to progress workplace mental health globally.
Since then, we are delighted to have played our part in the formation of The Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health – the first business-led global collaboration of its kind focused on advocating and accelerating progress in workplace mental health.
Together with academic experts, multilateral institutions, and not-for-profit organisations, the collaboration aims to create a world where all workplace leaders commit to taking tangible action, enabling their workforce to thrive.
With founding partners HSBC, Deloitte, Unilever, Salesforce, Clifford Chance and BHP, the collaboration will focus on sharing their own best practice and insights, as well as exploring new research and partnerships to advance progress in workplace mental health, particularly in the global south.
The Collaboration is also calling on business leaders to make a public Pledge to prioritising the creation of a mentally healthy workplace for their own employees. The Pledge includes six key commitments from building an action plan, to creating a positive culture, tackling stigma and measuring progress.
The Chair of the Collaboration, Sir Ian Cheshire, said:
“Despite some progress in recent years, there’s still a huge amount of stigma around mental health at work. It’s a fact that has no place in our modern world, and we are here to overcome this in the workplace.
But we also recognise that employers need help too: with a lack of evidence on the best methods for employers to use in supporting their people, no one business has all the answers.”
After a tumultuous year of an accelerating mental health crisis, now is high time for this important initiative to launch.