Corruption & Ethics
Which dodgy company most deserves the Greenwash Gold medal in 2012? Who is covering up the most environmental destruction and devastating the most communities while pretending to be a good corporate citizen by sponsoring the Olympic games?
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Tue, 24/04/2012 - 13:44.
Submitted by Mike Wells on Tue, 17/04/2012 - 18:27.
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by Steve Rushton
Sponsors of the 2012 London Olympics profit from peoples’ deaths and destroying the planet, whilst creating a vastly unequal economic system; this smears the Olympic ethos of people coming together to celebrate sporting excellence. Desecrating the games integrity will be advertisements from companies that profit directly from and cause peoples’ death, not least BP, Dow and Rio Tinto. Nevertheless, David Cameron has come out in support of DOW’s sponsorship.[i] More broadly, it has been argued that elites within the system are attempting to suppress peoples’ rights to express their discontent against injustices in Britain and abroad.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 13/04/2012 - 13:33.
5th April 2012
Re: The Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) recent works on Leyton Marshes, close to London’s Olympic enclosure.
Dear Mr Hone, CEO of the ODA
I am writing to you in response to your recent letter addressed to “Dear Resident” in which you attempt to persuade local people that the ODA’s plan to construct a building on Leyton Marshes (classified as Metropolitan Open Space) is justifiable.
Submitted by Mike Wells on Thu, 05/04/2012 - 18:18.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 29/03/2012 - 21:56.
Members of the Occupy Movement have set up camp, on Porters Field, part of Leyton Marshes in East London, where against stiff local opposition planning planning permission was granted by Waltham Forest to construct a number of Olympic practice basketball courts.
Submitted by Mike Wells on Wed, 28/03/2012 - 14:21.
Remember that slogan ‘Improving the Image of Construction’ which gets plastered over every new building site in the country? Back in September 2009 103 construction companies were fined £129.5m by the Office of Fair Trading following an investigation into collusion by companies on contract bidding, or price fixing, between 2000 and 2006. One of the offending companies was Olympics contractor John Sisk and Co, which is working on the Athletes’ Village and the Woolwich shooting range. In keeping with British soft touch regulation the fines for this offence were then dramatically reduced in March 2011 by the Competition Appeal Tribunal on the extraordinary grounds that this practice was "long-standing in the industry and widely regarded as legitimate"!
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 24/03/2012 - 01:09.
This article is reproduced with permission from UK Tar Sands Network.
BP’s brand is all over the Olympics. It is ‘Sustainability Partner’. It is bankrolling educational and cultural initiatives. It is providing fuel for the Games, and sponsoring many athletes – including some in Team GB and Team USA.
But BP is one of the most unsustainable companies on the planet. Its true values – putting profit before people’s lives and a stable climate – are in direct contradiction with those espoused by the Olympics. That’s why it is spending so much money on sponsorship this year: the Olympics are the perfect vehicle for BP to rebuild its shattered reputation and try to convince the public that it is a good corporate citizen, playing an important social and environmental role.
Of course, it isn’t. It is entirely focused on extracting every last fossil fuel it can get its hands on – including tar sands, fracking, deepwater drilling and the Arctic. Oh, and it recently closed down its solar division, giving up on this essential renewable technology, because it just wasn’t profitable enough.
By allowing BP to associate itself so closely with such a potent feelgood factor, the Olympics are encouraging some of the most outrageous greenwash we’ve ever seen. BP should not be allowed to sponsor the Olympics, nor the cultural events that surround it.
For more details, read on.
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BP as Sustainability Partner
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 16/02/2012 - 22:59.