Dream for Darfur progress on getting Olympic sponsors, Chinese Govt. to address Darfur crisis (NY Times magazine article)

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30 March 2008

Changing the Rules of the Games

Author: Ilan Greenberg, New York Times Magazine

Dream for Darfur...has...[as its] goal to convince China’s government that the Games are imperiled unless it halts its support for Sudan’s regime... Dream for Darfur asks that the major sponsors like McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch, Microsoft and Volkswagen take very small but potentially significant actions: to meet privately with Chinese officials to express concern over Darfur, for example, or to take a symbolic stand by calling publicly for officials from Sudan who have been accused of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court to be banned from attending the Games... [Executive Director Jill Savitt] says that the sponsors are starting to take notice. Even executives at Coca-Cola have privately expressed anxiety about their association with the Games, according to Minky Worden, a veteran China specialist at Human Rights Watch. (On Tibet, Lenovo, the Chinese computer giant, recently said it was following the conflict there “with concern and regret.”) [Also includes Microsoft response. Also refers to GE (General Electric), Johnson & Johnson]

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11 December 2007

Olympic Corporate Sponsor Darfur Report Card &company responses

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In November 2007, Olympic Dream for Darfur published a "Report Card" on the responses of Olympic corporate sponsors "to China’s support of the genocide in Darfur". The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the 19 companies named in the Report Card to respond... [Reponses from: adidas, Anheuser-Busch, Atos Origin, Coca-Cola, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Lenovo, McDonald's, Microsoft, Panasonic (part of Matsushita), Samsung, Staples, Swatch, Visa, Volkswagen. No response from BHP Billiton, Manulife, UPS]

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