Reimagining Sustainability & Societal Well-being

We’re reimagining what sustainability and health mean for business success. We’re challenging the notion that sustainability means predominately a concern over environmental impacts with less attention to the people side. And we’re also moving away from focusing on negating harm toward a more positive approach to creating a more sustainable and healthier future.

Today’s challenge for corporations is to effectively transition from a shareholder capitalist system to a stakeholder capitalist system. Central to this new paradigm are employees, and also communities, consumers, investors, and society at large. How can businesses invest in their stakeholders to help their corporate strategies flourish?

Work offers a tremendous arena for promoting thriving. Studies show that work can fill human needs for financial security, meaning and purpose, self-efficacy, learning and mastery, social connection, mental and physical health, in addition to health care. We’re reimagining sustainability to be reflective of business’s impact on people and not just the environment.


VanderWeele TJ, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Allin P, Farrelly C, Fletcher G, Frederick DE, Hall J, Helliwell, John F., Kim, Eric S., Lauinger, William A., Lee, Matthew T., Lyubomirsky, Sonja, Margolis, Seth, McNeely, Eileen, Messer, Neil, Tay, Louis, Viswanath, Vish, Węziak-Białowolska, Dorota, Kubzansky, Laura D. Brief well-being assessments, or nothing all? Preventive Medicine (2020).

Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD, Eileen McNeely, PhD; Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH.  Re-imagining Health – Flourishing. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (2019). 

Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Eileen McNeely and Tyler J. VanderWeele. Flourish Index and Secure Flourish Index – Validation in Workplace Settings. Cogent Psychology (2019).

Eileen McNeely.  Following Footprints: What Corporate Health Can Learn from Environmental Sustainability. American Journal of Health Promotion (2018), p.1146-1150.

Tyler J. VanderWeele. On the promotion of human flourishingPNAS (2017)