In 1999 the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs created the National Cardiovascular Research Centre (CNIC), which has the function of becoming an international leading reference in research on the matter.
In 2005, a group formed by some of the most important Spanish companies and the Ministry of Health signed an agreement where they undertake to fund the Centre until the year 2012. That agreement also involved the participation in Spain of the prestigious cardiologist Valentín Fuster, who lives in New York, to lead this ambitious
scientific project.
The Pro CNIC Foundation arises to channel private contribution and thus becomes a cornerstone for the innovative research model of the CNIC. A centre articulated through a Foundation, that combines the public with the private both in funding and in management.
Through its Board, the companies not only contribute funds but also participate in decision making and planning  f the Centre. Therefore, the private sector gets involved, together with the CNIC, in the fight against  ardiovascular diseases.
The Pro CNIC Foundation is an example of scientific sponsorship. A true example of collaboration between the public and private sector.



The FC Barcelona Foundation is the entity through which FC Barcelona conveys its corporate social responsibility All FC Barcelona Foundation projects are developed based according to the following premises :

• The use of sport as a fundamental pillar of the project
• The promotion of education and positive values of sport
• Children and adolescents as the prime beneficiaries
• Projecting Catalonia through FC Barcelona

Since its founding in 1994, the FC Barcelona Foundation has helped people take part in the many social, cultural and sporting activities that the Club has carried out, a reflection of an advanced society that has found in the Club and the Foundation the ideal vehicle for such activities.
As of 2010, the players and coaching staff from the professional sections of the Club also donate 0.5% of their wages to the Foundation.
The FC Barcelona Foundation, on the basis of experience in the field of sport and values, proposes a programme of action aimed at transmitting positive values to children and adolescents, which involves sporting activities as a means to promote healthy development.
This work must be consistent with the values of FC Barcelona and must prioritise the development of projects in Catalonia.



Cardona Town Hall. Within the Cardona Town Hall, “Cardona Integral” is the name of the project to develop Cardona into a Healthy Town.
The Cardona Town Hall and the SHE Foundation promote this initiative within a strategy, started in 2011, where health is the cornerstone for the future of Cardona’s citizenship and a way to achieve the town’s social and economic development. Cardona Integral considers three activation areas: the health programs, the events and a new urban model.

2020 Objective
Several international organizations focus on 2020 as target to achieve several objectives in health promotion and disease prevention. These organizations include: “Healthy People 2020” in the US, the “Horizon 2020” program from the EU Commission and the “Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy” of the National Health System developed by the Health Ministry of Spain (Estrategia de Promoción de la Salud y Prevención en el Sistema Nacional de Salud del Ministerio de Sanidad Español ).
Some chronic diseases like cardiovascular and diabetes are responsible for 75% of the health expenditure and 7 out of 10 deaths per year.
Some disease risk factors can be prevented. The challenge is to avoid these diseases that can be prevented, keep active and independent the aging population during more time and support new projects development.
Cardona Integral is fully engaged in the making of Cardona a healthy town.