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Target named one of the world’s most ethical companies

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has made the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2011 list, the retail chain said Thursday.

Target said the institute, an international business ethics organization, honored Target for business practices and initiatives that benefit the community. This is the fifth consecutive year in which the company has won the award.

“Businesses thrive in strong, diverse communities, and Target’s long-standing record of community engagement and corporate social responsibility is a source of pride for our team and a hallmark of our brand,” Target president, chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said. “We are honored to be recognized for our commitments to responsible corporate citizenship and to fostering an inclusive culture.”

In addition, Target was ranked 22nd on Fortune magazine’s list of the Most Admired Companies, 44th on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list and 26th on Corporate Responsibility’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list.

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Coke, AAFES team up on NCAA contest for troops

BY DSN STAFF

DALLAS — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service on Tuesday teamed with Coca-Cola to give military shoppers a chance to be a part of the 2012 NCAA Final Four Weekend in New Orleans.

Shoppers who visit their local Exchange can become eligible for a chance to win 1-of-5 grand prizes consisting of a trip for two to the 2012 NCAA Final Four Weekend, a value of $3,500 per winner.

Military shoppers can enter the Exchange/Coke NCCA contest from March 11 to 24.

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AADE: Kentucky now requires licenses for diabetes educators

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — The American Association of Diabetes Educators supported new legislation that was passed in the state of Kentucky that required licensure for all diabetes educators.

The licensing requirement, AADE said, will demonstrate and communicate a standard of care and ensure that people have an appropriate comfort level and respect for the discipline.

The bill was signed by Kentucky state governor Steve Beshear on Wednesday.

"Ultimately, we think that this law will make it easier for people with diabetes to get the information they need to effectively manage their disease," said Martha Rinker, AADE’s chief advocacy officer. "Diabetes education has been proven to mitigate the severe complications that are associated with diabetes."

The AADE is advocating for licensure in all 50 states.

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