10 May '12, 10am

Olympics sponsorship: should Coca Cola be a partner to London 2012? - The Ecologist

Olympics sponsorship: should Coca Cola be a partner to London 2012? - The Ecologist

Some of the sponsorship choices for the London 2012 Olympics have proved controversial in recent weeks, with Dow Chemicals, BP and Rio Tinto, amongst others, coming under sustained fire from environmental and human rights campaigners. Activists say the involvement of these 'unethical' companies brings the games into disrepute and undermines claims that London 2012 will be the most sustainable Olympics ever. With its connection to the Bhopal tragedy - in which it is claimed over 3,000 people died and as many as 50,000 required hospital treatment after a massive gas leak in the Indian town of Bhopal - Dow's sponsorship generated headlines internationally and led to protests and boycott calls. BP, responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and linked to controversial tar sands oil extraction in Canada, has been accused of 'greenwashing' its way into...

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