Integrated health impact assessment into the triple bottom line concept

Mahoney, Mary and Potter, Jenny-Lynn 2004, Integrated health impact assessment into the triple bottom line concept, Environmental impact assessment review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 151-160, doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2003.10.005.

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Title Integrated health impact assessment into the triple bottom line concept
Author(s) Mahoney, Mary
Potter, Jenny-Lynn
Journal name Environmental impact assessment review
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 151
End page 160
Publisher Elsevier Inc
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2004-02
ISSN 0195-9255
Keyword(s) triple bottom line
health impact assessment
Summary This theoretical study explores the links between the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) concept and the principles of HIA and considers the potential role of HIA to provide a mechanism for integrating health concerns within a broader agenda of government and business. TBL is a framework linked to the broader sustainability agenda that underpins and reviews environmental, economic and social performance of organizations. In its simplest form, TBL acts as a tool for reporting to stakeholders/shareholders organizational performance and the nature of the impacts on the community. The links to HIA are clear as both seek to determine the impact (potential and actual) on the health and well-being of the population.

The study found that TBL can operate at four levels within organizations ranging from reporting through to full integration with the organization's goals and practices. Health is narrowly defined and there are tensions about how to undertake the social accountability functions. The study shows the potential role for HIA within the broader policy and accountability agenda. As health is one of the main outcomes of an organization's activities it needs to be taken into account at all levels of activity.

Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.eiar.2003.10.005
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier Inc.
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