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The Lancet Series on Commercial Determinants of health – A Summary

Father and daughter in playground (l). Group of young adults sitting on stairs (R).

Many of us will have watched the dramatisation of the true story of Erin Brockovich, who initiated a legal case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) over its culpability for the Hinkley groundwater contamination incident.

This is not a single case and many similar cases have been fought around the globe, although the majority commercial harms against the environment and as a consequence health, remain uncontested. Commercial gain at the expense of the health of the community, its biodiversity and the planet is being addressed in The Lancet Series – the Commercial Determinants of Health – see the Summary Report.

The original series, the Lancet Series on commercial determinants of health, was published online in the Lancet on March 23, 2023, and were reproduced by VicHealth.


VicHealth – Lancet Series on CDOH

The Lancet Series on Commercial Determinants of Health – Summary Report (pdf)

What Health Professionals can do (pdf)


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