The rising trend of NCDs is influenced by the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and compounded by poverty, unfair trade, and environmental pollution. In order to safeguard public interests, it is imperative to build the enabling environment for ethical behaviors and practices. The global community should collectively invest in building institutional capabilities promoting transparency and accountability in addressing these risk factors and determinants.
Ethical systems reflect good governance, rule of law, accountability, transparency, responsiveness and effective management of conflict of interests. Various tools such as mandatory public reporting, regulatory systems and tools including self-regulation, surveillance and monitoring can be applied.
Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health
University of Auckland
Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo
SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, School of Public Health, Massey University