Commissioner at sustainability watchdog for London 2012 Olympic Games quits over Dow Chemical sponsorship of stadium wrap
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Author: Salil Tripathi, dans Courrier international
Le spectre de Bhopal plane aujourd’hui sur les Jeux olympiques de Londres [qui se dérouleront du 27 juillet au 12 août 2012]...Qui doit obtenir le droit de se dire partenaire des Jeux ?...Ce genre de choses est notoirement subjectif. On ne peut pas non plus partir du principe qu’une entreprise ayant une politique de durabilité et de responsabilité agit nécessairement en accord avec celle-ci. Les principes directeurs des Nations unies sur les entreprises et les droits de l’homme constituent une garantie, mais suffiront-ils à satisfaire la société civile ?
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Author: Salil Tripathi, Institute for Human Rights and Business
Dow Chemical’s sponsorship of the Olympics has been contentious - with activist groups in the UK and in India…joining the rising chorus of complaints over the company’s role in the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster…In response to these criticisms, Dow decided…to withdraw its logo as an official sponsor of the Games. Human rights groups now want the Olympic organizing committee to accept that it made a mistake when it chose to work with Dow…The ongoing controversy…raises the important question of what sort of sponsor screening processes organizing committees of major events should undertake…Should it be companies with a squeaky clean reputation, and if so, how is such reputation defined? If companies responsible for specific abuses are to be eliminated, who makes the determination – civil society, or courts of law? What sort of due diligence steps are necessary for the company, and what sort of due diligence should event organisers themselves undertake? [also refers to GE, Coca Cola, Union Carbide (part of Dow)]
[DOC] London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) comments on selection of Dow Chemical to provide wrap for stadium
Author: London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)
Having carefully looked in to this issue and based on everything we know and have seen from Dow, we stand behind them both as a worldwide sponsor of the Olympic movement and as a supplier to LOCOG.
Author: Owen Gibson, Guardian [UK]
A commissioner of the watchdog established to monitor the sustainability of the London 2012 Games has resigned over the issue of Dow Chemical's sponsorship of the Olympic Stadium wrap…Campaigners have called on London 2012 organisers to drop the £7m sponsorship deal, claiming the company has outstanding liabilities relating to the 1984 Bhopal disaster…Dow has consistently claimed that it has settled all liabilities relating to the disaster following its acquisition of Union Carbide [part of Dow], the owner of the plant at the time of the incident, which led to the deaths of up to 20,000 people and serious injuries for tens of thousands more.
Author: Amnesty Intl.
Chemical giant Dow’s high profile contract with London’s 2012 Olympic Games is a slap in the face for the survivors of India’s Bhopal poison gas disaster who, 27 years on, still wait for justice, Amnesty International said today.