The Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health

The first global business-led initiative of its kind designed to advocate for – and accelerate – positive change for mental health in the workplace.


Now, more than ever, poor mental health is on the rise.

Young people in particular are struggling, with a staggering 48% of Gen Z and 44% of Millennials1 reporting that they feel stressed most or all of the time. This not only impacts the communities in which we live, but the places that we work. 

These rising numbers, coupled with the costs associated with lost productivity, highlight the need for urgent action by business leaders.

1 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey 2020.

The Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health 

Despite important progress in some countries, there remains a lack of evidence, best practice and tools, to effectively implement global approaches to workplace mental health. This challenge is exacerbated by the cultural complexities and stigma associated with mental health across the world. 

Together with academic experts, multilateral institutions, and not-for-profit organisations, we want to create a world where all workplace leaders recognise, have the right tools, and commit to take tangible and evidence-based action on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, enabling their workplace to thrive.

This initiative seeks to advance progress across the globe by committing senior leaders to a Pledge to create mentally healthy workplaces, as well as by sharing insights and best practice across workplaces to build out a Roadmap for change, wherever an organisation is on their journey.

Find out more about the Pledge

Founding Partners

Noel Quinn, Group Chief Executive

“I’m deeply committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of our people. Our commitment to speak up and take action around mental health is fundamental to the culture we are creating at HSBC – in fact, it has never been more important. That is why we’re supporting the Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health – to help overcome the stigma we know still exists, and to ensure that improving mental health in the workplace is a priority. I encourage my peers leading other businesses to join us by signing the Pledge.”

Punit Renjen, Global CEO

“The pandemic has cast a spotlight on the need to address mental health in the workplace. As business leaders, we have a responsibility to break down the stigma associated with mental health issues like stress and anxiety to ensure everyone can thrive at work. Through the Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health, we are pledging to collectively take action to make mental health a priority in the workplace. At Deloitte, we believe this can only be achieved by providing a workplace culture characterized by openness, inclusive behavior and built on a foundation of respect and inclusion”

Alan Jope, CEO

“As we look to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, the business community must prioritise and invest in the mental health of all employees—this is not just a business initiative, but a social imperative that will drive positive and long-lasting effects for society. I invite other leaders of businesses – whether large or small – to join this global movement to advance the desperately needed conversation around creating an open, welcoming, and supportive workplace environment for all when it comes to mental health in the workplace.”

Marc Benioff, Chair and CEO

“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically amplified the existing mental health crisis. With more than a third of our employees saying over the past year they have experienced mental health challenges, we have brought far more attention and investment to alleviating the problem. We are grateful for The Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health for shining a light on mental wellness, and encourage other business leaders to join this global movement.”

Mathew Layton, Managing Partner

“Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our colleagues is critical to the strong values that we promote throughout our firm. The Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health is being established at a time when we know mental health and wellbeing is at its most vulnerable. It has never been more important to provide investment and support without delay, and we encourage other business leaders to join us in this mission to work collaboratively to accelerate progress.”

Mike Henry, CEO

“Improved mental health will support improved safety, higher productivity and better bottom line results. The imperative is clear and as leaders we have an accountability to effect change for the good of our business and society. We need to act to de-stigmatise mental health challenges and increase access to necessary support.”

Bernard Looney, CEO

“Over the past 5 years I have been talking about how important mental health is – it’s a topic close to my heart. And in that time, I’ve been heartened to see it move up the global agenda. But even with this progress – the impact of the pandemic has really driven the issue home – putting mental health on the map in a way like it has never been before. It is one of the few – if not the only – positive to come out of the pandemic.

That’s why we’ve become a founding partner in the Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health. At BP we are a company that truly cares about each other – and hence our health. And we know that there is no trade-off between health and performance – they go hand in hand. If we look after ourselves—and care about each other – we all do our best work.”

Mark Read, CEO

“There’s no doubt that the challenges of the pandemic and the impact of social division and injustice have taken their toll on people’s mental and emotional wellbeing over the last year. Making mental wellbeing a priority in the workplace helps to build an inclusive culture that supports our people, and I’m proud that WPP is a founding partner of the Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health.”

Supporting Partners

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