Topic: Social Justice

NEWS: EU Investigates AB InBev for New Tax Scheme

AB InBev NV is among 39 corporations targeted by fresh European Union investigations into Belgian tax schemes after an earlier order to recoup about €800 million ($885 million) was criticized by the EU’s General Court. According to an emailed statement, the European Commission opened separate probes into so-called tax rulings that Belgium doled out to multinational companies from 2005 to 2014. The rulings “may have given a selective advantage” to the companies “allowing them to pay substantially less tax…”

NEWS: Corporate Fraud: Carlsberg Bribed Indian Officials

According to an investigation by Danish newspaper Berlingske, Carlsberg has bribed Indian officials to ensure swifter regulatory processing time and to get better manufacturing terms for an Indian brewery. Berlingske states the material they found covers over 200 payments made to officials over a period of 18 months between 2015 and 2016…

NEWS: Dr Tedros: Alcohol Harm a ‘Significant Challenge’

The alcohol burden and the need for prioritizing alcohol policy solutions to tackle pervasive alcohol harm in the European region were one of the key issues addressed, as deliberations commenced at the 69th WHO Europe Regional Committee Meeting.
WHO Director General Dr Tedros spoke in his opening remarks about the need to do more concerning a set of health challenges for the European region. The Director General of the World Health Organization emphasized that alcohol consumption and harm is a “significant challenge” and remains “unfinished business”. 
Even the WHO Europe Regional Director and Health Ministers from member states emphasized the urgency of making alcohol policy the priority it should be…

NEWS: New Zealand: Kids See Unhealthy Marketing Avalanche

Kids in New Zealand are exposed to an avalanche of unhealthy product marketing including alcohol while the government fails to act. But attempts to better regulate alcohol are derailed by the alcohol industry and other health harmful industries. In New Zealand, alcohol contributes to an estimated 800 deaths and costs the economy approximately NZ$7.85 billion each year…

NEWS: Canada: Alcohol Deaths on the Rise

According to new research, 10 Canadians are dying in hospitals every day due to harm from substance use, with 75% of these deaths directly related to alcohol use. The data comes from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). They have also found that alcohol contributes to more than half of all hospitalizations linked to substance use…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Progress on Health Equity Is Stalling

WHO’s first-ever Health Equity Status Report reveals that health inequities in many of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region remain either the same or have worsened despite governments’ attempts to address them. The Report newly identifies 5 key risk factors that are holding many children, young people, women and men back from achieving good health and leading safe and decent lives. The Report also shows that alcohol use is a key risk factor for health inequity and alcohol harm is in turn a consequence of health inequities…

NEWS: Released: Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

Since 1990, millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. But this progress is under threat: inequality has deepened and climate change and biodiversity loss are approaching tipping points.

However, science has the power to help mitigate the trade-offs that come with achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are all interconnected, and put us back on track to creating a better world for all by 2030, according to the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Tax Not Not Covering Society’s Alcohol Costs

According to a new study, alcohol taxes in the USA don’t come close to covering society’s costs due to pervasive alcohol harm. While profits are pocketed by a few Big Alcohol business executives and shareholders, the costs of massive alcohol harm are externalized and socialized for the public to pay for.
The study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found the total harm caused by alcohol use is a whopping $2.05 per unit of alcohol in the United States, and, of this, the government ends up paying about 80 cents per unit of alcohol. However, the federal government and states only bring in about 21 cents per unit of alcohol on average in alcohol taxes…

NEWS: Hypocrisy: Diageo Gathers Anti-DUI Pledges

In the latest hypocrisy, the global alcohol giant Diageo – which is part of causing alcohol deaths around the world – is collecting pledges against driving under the influence (DUI).
Diageo has teamed up with Formula 1 to collect more than 20 million consumer pledges to never drive while under the influence of alcohol, as part of its global “Join the Pact” campaign…

NEWS: Europe: Alcohol Among Top Preventable Killers

Alcohol related diseases caused 79,000 preventable deaths in Europe in 2016, according to statistics by eurostat. Eurostat reports, in the European Union (EU), about 1.7 million persons aged less than 75 died in 2016. Among them, around 1.2 million deaths could be considered as premature according to the recently developed Eurostat-OECD list of avoidable mortality…