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Olympic sponsors faulted for inactivity on Darfur

Author: Daniel Trotta, Reuters Africa, Published on: 26 November 2007

Thirteen of 19 big corporate Olympic sponsors have flunked a test challenging them to pressure China over the 2008 Olympic Games host's support of Sudan, a U.S. advocacy group said Monday. General Electric won the best grade of C-plus, largely for making contact with the International Olympic Committee to raise concerns regarding...Darfur... Dream for Darfur said it graded them on whether they took steps to influence or contact China or the International Olympic Committee, donated aid to Darfur or appointed a point person on Darfur, among other criteria. Two companies -- McDonalds and Adidas -- won average grades of C... Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and UPS received a D and 13 companies got an F due to inaction. They were: Atos Origin, Lenovo, Manulife, Panasonic [part of Matsushita], Samsung, Swatch, Anheuser-Busch, BHP Billiton, Eastman Kodak, Microsoft, Staples, Visa and Volkswagen.

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Related companies: adidas Anheuser-Busch (part of Anheuser-Busch InBev) Atos (formerly Atos Origin) BHP (formerly BHP Billiton) Coca-Cola General Electric Johnson & Johnson Lenovo Manulife Financial Matsushita (now Panasonic) McDonald's Microsoft Panasonic Samsung Staples Swatch UPS Visa Inc. Volkswagen