Ein Augenblick auf der Erde

3 June 2005
A press release just through from some business leaders at the Green Week in Brussels:

"The Respect Business Leaders Initiative on Climate Change (BLICC)...presented their fourth annual climate change action report [on 2 June].

The BLICC company members, DHL Express Europe, IKEA, Interface, IVECO, Maersk Nordic & Baltic, McDonald’s Europe and Stora Enso, believe that tackling climate change must be a priority for all businesses and are determined to take a leadership role in promoting this view among other business leaders, stakeholders, policy makers, the media and the public. They also believe that companies must go beyond legislative requirements, whenever possible and necessary.

BLICC highlights business commitment to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and it brings together key stakeholders to:

• generate dialogue between industry peers and stakeholders;

• increase transparency through better emissions monitoring and reporting; and

• share best practice in the areas related to customer activism, renewable energy and transportation.

Further information about Respect BLICC is available at www.respecteurope.com".

Meanwhile, the Gubernator wins plaudits for his ambitious targets for California. Could Arnie be part of a sinister plot by old Europe - a Manchurian candidate at the heart of all that's American?

Fur you, Arnie, ze debate ist over.


Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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