The problem
While progress has been made in improving the health of millions of people, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis and other tropical diseases kill more than 4 million people every year. Hundreds of thousands of women die every year due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth, with most deaths preventable. At least half the global population does not have access to essential health services, and many of those who do suffer financial hardship, sometimes pushing them into poverty. Hunger is on the rise globally and in the United States, where 1 in 7 kids face hunger. Concerted efforts are required to accelerate improvements to health and well-being around the globe, including by expanding affordable access to healthcare. Companies have a key role in this effort, including through their participation along the healthcare value chain (drug and device manufacturers, providers, insurers, technology innovators and others); the healthcare benefits they offer employees; their contribution to water and air pollutants, and other determinants of public health; charitable giving and involvement in global health initiatives; and impact on growing the global economy (which allows more people to access and pay for healthcare)
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 391,868 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on health and well-being, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for health and well-being
Top 50 for health and well-being
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for health and well-being
Bottom 10 for health and well-being
Health and well-being has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
food security
access to healthcare
universal access
healthcare affordability
reproductive rights
maternal health
child health
mental health
communicable diseases
non-communicable diseases
global health
UN Sustainable Development Goal 2
UN Sustainable Development Goal 3