LONDON/NEW DELHI: Dow Chemical has agreed to remove its logo from London's Olympic stadium but the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said that it is not satisfied with the move and wants US giant to remove its sponsorship from the 2012 Games.
DOW said it was agreeing to the "vision" of the 2012 Games by waiving its sponsorship rights to place its brand on a controversial fabric wrap for the stadium which was objected by campaigners furious at the US conglomerate's links to the deadly Bhopal gas disaster.
Dow was made a sponsor of London 2012 by Lord Coe's organising committee (Locog) in August.
"The agreement - between Dow and - Locog was limited to branding of five 'test panels' that were to be removed in the months before the Games and were not part of the final design," Dow spokesman Scott Wheeler was quoted as saying by a British newspaper Sunday Express.
"In mid-summer, Locog and Dow discussed Dow deferring the rights to these five panels to allow free and full execution of the design as determined by Locog. Dow agreed to this to - support Locog's and London 2012's vision for the stadium wrap," he added. Reacting to the report, IOA acting president VK Malhotra said he was not clear what exactly it meant and said the body would continue to press for total removal of Dow Chemical as a sponsor of the London Olympics.
"I have also heard about Dow chemical withdrawing their logo from the decorative wrap but I don't know what it means," Malhotra said.
"Our demand is that Dow should be removed as a sponsor and we have expressed strong reservation with the Olympics. We are sending our communication to Dow as well as IOC on this regard."
Submitted by SfB.Website on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:19
June 7, 2011
GREENWASHING: false expressions of environmental concern especially as a cover for environmentally-unsound products, policies, or activities (adapted from Merriam Webster).
"Join 60 leading thinkers as they explore the future of water for our world today. Covering global systems and specific "megatrends," featuring personal stories from the frontlines as well as reflections on the human dimension of water, The Future of Water will examine how different fields, sectors, and stakeholders can meet the challenge of supplying a growing global population with clean and sustainable water." http://www.futurewecreate.com/
Sounds benign, even commendable, right? The so-called leaders asked to join the conference were in fact perpetrators of drinking water contamination and unjust privatization of water worldwide. Involved parties in the conference included Coke, BottledWaterWeb.com, and the infamous Dow Chemical. Surprisingly, Dow Chemical had contacted Anna Lappe, world-renowned author, public speaker and activist, with a request for a 60-second video for the virtual conference. Her response was more honest then the company would have hoped for, and obviously was rejected:
Where does the Bhopal Gas Disaster fit into this story? Dow acquired Union Carbide in 2002 and thereby acquired its assets and liabilities. You can read more on the legal background of Dow's liability. By refusing to clean up in Bhopal, and allowing water and soil contamination to seep deeper into an aquifer, Dow is committing crimes against humanity.
As for the Future We Create conference, the "personal stories from the frontlines" it advertises should sound more like young Bhopali Amir's story. "The Human dimension of water" in reality looks more like these picture I took at the eerie Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal this past February, where it continues to leak its water toxins:
Don't let these greenwashing attempts go unnoticed. To take action, tweet something clever @Futureswecreate or post something on its Facebook page. Check out Justice4Bhopal's twitter account for ideas.