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Exploring a Culture of Health in the Auto Industry

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Academic Editor: Manfred Max Bergman
Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 3924;
Received: 27 February 2021 / Revised: 27 March 2021 / Accepted: 29 March 2021 / Published: 1 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 8th World Sustainability Forum—Selected Papers)
The Culture of Health framework includes four pillars of societal health and well-being influenced by business, namely: consumers; employees and workers in the supply chain; the community, and the environment. The Auto industry was an ideal crucible in which to explore the interface of public health with business given the confluence of the different domains in this sector. The substantial benefits of mobility, especially for the under-resourced, sit alongside negative impacts from emissions, accidents, products and services. Through interviews with 65 senior executives from seven major automakers, corporate actions reflecting health as a strategic agenda were mapped to the Culture of Health model. While most of the companies did not use the language of health explicitly in their strategy, key examples were present across all four pillars. Given the future of mobility relies on the interface of human experience with technology, it is a population-level challenge demanding system-level changes. Ostensibly, a framework for sustainability, the Culture of Health model could help the Auto industry navigate the disruption caused by the global megatrends and changing societal expectations of business in society and transition successfully to a new mobility economy. View Full-Text
Keywords: Auto industry; Culture of Health; mobility solutions; equity; sustainability Auto industry; Culture of Health; mobility solutions; equity; sustainability
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