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Olympic Corporate Sponsors: Rhetoric and Reality

Author: compiled by Human Rights Watch, Published on: 1 April 2008

Beginning in September 2007, Human Rights Watch wrote to all 12 “TOP” Olympic sponsors to encourage them to address human rights abuses taking place as a result of the Beijing Games, with targeted and achievable asks... Excerpts from the companies’ policies on commitment to social responsibility and their comments on China, the Olympics, and human rights follow below. [statements by Atos Origin, Coca-Cola, General Electric / NBC (joint venture General Electric & Vivendi Universal), John Hancock (part of Manulife), Johnson & Johnson, Eastman Kodak, Lenovo, McDonald's, Omega Watches (part of Swatch), Panasonic (part of Matsushita), Samsung, Visa Inc.]

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Related companies: Atos (formerly Atos Origin) Coca-Cola Eastman Kodak General Electric John Hancock Financial Services (part of Manulife Financial) Johnson & Johnson Lenovo Manulife Financial Matsushita (now Panasonic) McDonald's Microsoft NBC (part of Comcast) Omega Watches (part of Swatch) Panasonic Samsung Swatch Visa Inc. Vivendi