Upcoming Program


Where a person stands in the labor market – such as whether they have a job that pays enough to live on – is key to their financial security and wellbeing. And that person’s wellbeing throughout their life is also crucial to employers, businesses and the economy as a whole. Inclusive economic growth has the potential to be mutually beneficial to business, economic development and health. Yet, joined-up strategies between businesses and health and economic policymakers are lacking.

Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy data can provide a barometer into overall population health and the disparities that exist between different groups. There are entrenched health inequalities between and within countries that are unacceptable. As an example, across the UK in 2014 to 2016, the gap in healthy life expectancy (HLE) at birth between local areas with highest and lowest average HLE was 18.4 years for females and 15.6 years for males[1].

It can be argued that health inequalities (and other socio-economic inequalities) represent a failure of government to maximize the social and economic potential of its population. The health of a population has a complex, multi-directional relationship with other social and economic outcomes. It is widely accepted that income, access to education and work have an impact on health outcomes and that there is a social gradient in health (the lower a person’s social position, the worse his or her health).

There is a growing recognition that the proceeds of economic growth should be shared more equally across the population, i.e. that growth should be more inclusive. Such a strategy has the potential to be mutually beneficial to business and economic development sectors but also health. For example, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) virtuous cycle of inclusive growth[2] describes a self-reinforcing cycle in which rising economic output and social inclusion are mutually supportive. The WEF also argues there is no inherent trade-off in economic policymaking between the promotion of social inclusion and that of long-term economic growth and competitiveness.

Through this program, we want to explore the role that business should have as the driver of the economy in creating more inclusive economies and the extent to which the role of business in improving health should go beyond the individual employment relationship and move to systems-level thinking as envisaged by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are also interested in the role of statutory authorities and the role that policies and legislative and fiscal frameworks have in supporting more inclusive economies.

A further line of inquiry will examine the future demographic, social and economic trends that are changing the world of work and the ways in which the population will interact with businesses as consumers. There has been high profile policy discussion on the role of automation, the gig economy and universal basic income. However, more could be done to fully understand the impact that these trends will have on our health and in turn, what that might mean for society (particularly for deprived populations), the economy and individual businesses. Now is the time to use the coming changes to shape policies to promote inclusivity and improve health.

At the heart of the program is the desire to create opportunities for dialogue across distinct sectors. The SDGs provide a framework for cross-sector action and the translation of benefits from one sector to another.


This highly-interactive program, held at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar, will prioritize opportunities for cross-border sharing and learning. 

The program will commence at 3.30pm on Monday, April 29, 2019 with an introductory session and a welcome dinner. The formal sessions will finish by the end of the day on Thursday, May 2. There will be an optional gala dinner and accommodation will be provided on the Thursday evening for those departing on the Friday. 

Participants will focus on building new insights and aggregating perspectives and experiences from relevant sectors, areas of expertise and regions. Working groups, each with a thematic and/or country focus, will prepare recommendations for action by different target audiences. 


For this program, Salzburg Global Seminar seeks to bring together cross-sector and cross-generational change-makers to tackle complex challenges and bridge the worlds of business, health and economic development.

Participants of this program will form an international group of country teams drawn from diverse sectors – policymakers, business representatives, academics and representatives from civil society – to explore the intersection between economic development and health.


Over the course of the four-day program, participants will address the following questions:

  • What role do businesses play in promoting inclusive economies within the communities in which they are based? To what extent is this role health enhancing?
  • What policies, legislative and fiscal frameworks have been effective in promoting more inclusive economies?
  • Who should be responsible for closing regional gaps in opportunity? How can local areas best take advantage of emerging employment opportunities as a route to more inclusive economies? 
  • What will demographic, consumer and technological trends mean for the way we work? What in turn will this mean for our health (i.e. how will trends affecting the future of work in turn affect our health)? How can we best use these changing trends to design in health enhancing policies?
  • How can we ensure that policies support individuals to flourish at different stages of the life course? And how can we plan for emerging trends that will change the way in which young people today might experience the world of work as they age? 
  • How do we ensure that adoption of changing and new jobs roles (and the loss of existing roles) due to technological change improve health and do not exacerbate existing health inequalities? What can be done to address these risks and what can be done to support areas already experiencing disadvantage? 
  • How are different countries seeking to achieve alignment across sectors with reference to the SDGs? What policies or programs are the most effective? What does this mean for organizations or sectors doing this in practice? What capabilities do we need to build in the system to make the most of the systemic interconnected approach that the SDGs encourage?


This program will seek to:

  • Facilitate dialogue and continued cross-border learning across a diverse range of sectors including those with a responsibility for the public’s health, economic development, poverty reduction and business.
  • Identify best practice in order promote better strategic alignment between initiatives designed to promote inclusive growth and initiatives designed to promote better health and reduce health inequalities.
  • Develop a Salzburg Statement and other policy recommendations in relation to the future of work and its impact on health.

Virtual Library

Anchor Mission Playbook, Rush University Medical Center

Harkavy, Ira. Engaging Urban Universities as Anchor Institutions for Health Equity. December, 2016.

Healthcare Anchor Network

Higher Education as Catalysts: Building a Culture of Health on Campus and in Communities. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 2018.

Prosperity and Justice: A plan for the new economy-Executive summary. IPPR Commission on Economic Justice, 2018.

Work for a brighter Future. Global Commission on the Future of Work. International Labor Organization, 2019.



Salzburg Global Seminar is an international not-for-profit institution with offices and activities in multiple countries. A US 501(c)(3) institution, Salzburg Global Seminar's annual budget is set in US Dollars. Annual exchange rate calculations for program fees in EUR are calculated using an average of previous years.

The fee for this program is US $5,000 or €4,400. This fee covers the cost of the program, program materials, accommodation and meals. The fee does not cover travel costs to Salzburg.

Scholarships and Discounts: To gather individuals from a wide variety of sectors and countries, where funding allows, Salzburg Global may be able to offer a limited number of scholarships and discounts to participants and Fellows from universities, research institutes, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and public officials from developing (non-OECD) countries. If you would like to apply for a scholarship or discount, please send your CV or brief bio and personal statement to

After your registration for a session is accepted, payment is due within five business days after receipt of the confirmation. Payment can be made via credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or by bank transfer.

Cancellation Fees: In case of cancellation, a participant may transfer registration to another member of the participant's organization (city, department, firm, etc.) upon mutual agreement. Alternatively:

  • Cancellation more than 60 days before the program: 100% refund
  • Cancellation less than 60 days and more than 30 days before the event: 50% refund
  • Cancellation less than 30 days, but more than 14 days: 25% refund
  • Cancellation less than 14 days: no refund