Daily Media Briefing 10 Feb 2012

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February 10, 2012

Social Innovation

University teams tap mobile phones and social networks to fight non-communicable diseases

New solutions developed by university teams could soon be harnessed to help manage the growing global problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as asthma, diabetes, stroke and cancer. These winning innovations were part of the ‘NCD Challenge’, sponsored by IBM and Novartis. The global competition was designed to bring together industry and academia to create innovative, easy-to-use solutions that fight the human and social burden of NCDs.

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IKEA establishes four electric vehicle charging stations in California

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, officially plugged-in four Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at its East Palo Alto, California store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. This initiative represents the eighth such project for IKEA in the United States.



Three Hershey plants achieve zero waste to landfill

The Hershey Company, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America, announced that three of its manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania have achieved Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status as a result of the company’s on-going efforts to enhance environmental sustainability through recycling and waste management.  “Our employees understand the importance of sustainability across our company and are working together to reach our reduction goals.” said Terence O’Day, Senior Vice President of Global Operations.



Britain to urge green accounting at Rio+20 summit

Britain will urge businesses and governments to start accounting for ‘natural capital’ as way of measuring economic activity at a U.N. sustainability summit in June, its environment minister Caroline Spellman said on Thursday. This could mean moving towards a concept of GDP+, or measuring the use or loss of natural resources to gauge economic activity, in addition to relying solely on economic output.

Reuters http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/02/09/uk-green-accounting-uk-idUKTRE8181PZ20120209 0.


Danske Bank Group publishes 2011 Corporate Responsibility report

The Danske Bank Group, the largest financial services provider in Denmark and one of the leading players in the Nordic region with more than five million retail customers, has published its 2011 CR Report. The Group’s sixth CR report puts special focus on children’s and young people’s shortcomings in financial knowledge in this time of economic hardship. It describes the Group’s initiatives which seek to heighten knowledge about personal finances through the ‘Financial Literacy Programme’ for children, parents, teachers and young people.

Ethical Performance http://www.ethicalperformance.com/reports/reportdetail.php?reportid=666