[PDF] The Olympic violations: The Winter Olympic games in Sochi, the Swedish sponsors and human rights

Author: Swedwatch, Published on: 1 January 2014

...In this report Swedwatch has interviewed The Swedish Olympic Committee, SOC, and their sponsors in order to gain their opinion regarding the Olympic movement’s responsibility for the effects on human rights in the host country, as well as what possibilities for action they have themselves...Swedwatch’s study shows that none of SOC’s main sponsors, Nordea, Vattenfall or ATG, have procedures for mitigating the risk for adverse human rights impacts in regards to their sponsoring activities...ATG lacks entirely a human rights policy. None of the companies have tried to influence the Olympic movement in order to increase its commitment to human rights in connection to the games. During Swedwatch’s interviews with the sponsor companies they stated that violations of human rights in connection to the Olympic Games were problematic. All three companies admitted that their sponsoring activities should be part of the company’s overall human rights policies...In a survey, conducted with the remaining sponsors of SOC, the companies answered that the Olympic movement has a responsibility for human rights violations in connection to the Olympic Games. They also stated that they, as sponsors, could make demands through the sponsoring agreements regarding the movement’s commitment to human rights. [also refers to Adecco, Arlanda Airport/Swedavia, Atos, Jet Set Sport, Viasat, Samsung, ÅF, Cloetta, Unilever, Arla, Apollo, H&M, Volvo]

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Related companies: Adecco Group Apollo Global (joint venture Carlyle Group & Apollo Group) Arla Foods Atos (formerly Atos Origin) H&M Nordea Bank Samsung Unilever Vattenfall Volvo Group