Our Global Context
The global Sustainable Development Goals and an accountability revolution

Discovery is mindful of the global and local context for sustainable development.

Globally, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is defined through the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. These targets focus worldwide efforts for improving the overall condition of the planet and the wellbeing of all who live on it. Discovery supports the vision of a more equitable, safe and just world laid out by the SDGs, and as a business we strive to support all 17 goals through our products, services and contribution to society. We continue to explore how the SDGs shape our ambition to be a force for social good.

The nature of our Shared-Value Insurance model means Discovery places special emphasis on Sustainable Development Goal 3: "Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.” Three years have passed since the launch of the SDGs in September 2015 and there is recognition that progress on SDG 3 must be accelerated if the world is to meet the 2030 targets - not only SDG3 but also other development goals that are closely linked to health and wellbeing. Given the important role the SDGs are likely to play in the coming decade, we at Discovery are committed to support the achievement of certain SDG 3 targets through our efforts to be a force for social good. We constantly identity and implement ways to make a positive impact through our products, services, workforce and work in our communities.

Some SDG 3 2030 targets include:


By 2030, reduce by one third, premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and wellbeing.


By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents


Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries


Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential healthcare services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all

Explore this online report to find out more about our contribution towards achieving these goals

Discovery is a proudly South African company and supports the National Development Plan, a detailed blueprint to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030. In particular, Outcome 2 which aims to deliver ‘a long and healthy life for all South Africans.'

As our country works towards achieving universal healthcare, Discovery Health maintains its strong support for the proposed NHI system. We continue to work closely with the National Department of Health and other stakeholders to ensure optimal outcomes of the National Health Insurance policy process. We plan to participate actively in the hope of making a positive contribution to the set of policies. We are also actively engaging with Business Unity South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa and the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) on NHI-related issues.

You can read our response on the role of medical schemes in the context of the NHI here..

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