Diabetes and Social Responsibility

Diabetes and Social Responsibility


In October 2006, the Geneva Social Observatory launched a multi-year project on Diabetes and Social Responsibility with a series of roundtables on Diabetes and Social Responsibility in Geneva, Switzerland.Phase One of this project introduced the scope of the global epidemic in a series of multi-stakeholder roundtables that was completed in June 2007 with a ten-point plan of action. In Phase Two the GSO focused on diabetes in the world of work, which culminated with a Forum to Adopt and Implement a Workplace Strategy on Diabetes and Wellness in September 2009.  In 2010, the GSO embarked onPhase Three, an implementation through pilot projects designed to test and evaluate a Workplace Strategy for Diabetes and Wellness. The pilot projects were held in three countries – Poland, the Russian Federation and Turkey.  This phase concluded with a roundtable in Geneva in June 2012 on lessons learned and recommendations for further action.  Since 2010, the GSO has folded the lessons and recommendations from this project into a broadened approach to the importance of multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral action on the prevention, treatment and care of non-communicable diseases, including diabetes.

Key documents providing details of the GSO Programme on Diabetes and Social Responsibility include the Phase One Report, Phase Two Workshop for a Workplace Strategy on Diabetes and Wellness and concluding Forum ReportPhase Three includes reports from the following workshops and seminars in Poland, Russian Federation and Turkey and the recommendations for further action from the June 2010 roundtable.  

Poland Report Recommendations
Russian Federation Report RecommendationsDeclaration
Turkey Report  Recommendations

Phase Three concludes with a report from the June 2010 roundtable with recommendations for further action and a final revised version of the Workplace Strategy on Diabetes and Wellness.

Please Contact GSO for additional details and to get involved in the broadened NCD project.

Programme Supporters and Participants

The GSO appreciates the support, financial and in-kind of:

Accor Services


Eli Lilly Foundation

European Commission

GSO Diabetes Planning Committee

GSO Management Committee

International Labour Organization




Participants in the various events organized during the programme have come from the following organizations. Note that the GSO philosophy is to promote informal dialogue and not official representation:

Accor Services, Cadbury-Schweppes, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, International Council of Nurses, World Heart Federation, International Organization of Employers, International Trade Union Confederation, International Labour Office, World Health Organization, International Diabetes Federation, International Hospital Federation, World Dental Federation and Handicap International, among others.

In Poland: The Central Institute for Labour Protection, Warsaw

In Turkey: the ILO Ankara Office, the Diabetes Nursing Association of Turkey, the Turkish Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations and the World Health Organization

In Russia: RAMS Research Institute for Occupational Health, Moscow



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