January 26th, 2012
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Opposing Dow, London Olympics Ethics Commissioner resigns

dow chemicalLondon: Meredith Alexander, Ethics Commissioner to the London 2012 Olympics, abdicated her post today in protest of the sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical Company for its connection to the Bhopal gas disaster. Alexander, head of trade and corporates at the charity Action Aid informed the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 that she could no longer remain in the unpaid post as LOCOG’s continues to refuse to end the association with Dow chemicals.

“I don’t want to be party to a defence of Dow Chemicals, the company responsible for one of the worst corporate human rights violations in my generation. It is appalling that 27 years on, the site has still not been cleaned up and thousands upon thousands of people are still suffering. I believe people should be free to enjoy London 2012 without this toxic legacy on their conscience,” she said. Dow is due to provide a plastic wrap that will encircle the London 2012 Olympic Stadium during the Games.

Alexander was appointed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson to monitor the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). She was one of 13 commissioners. Welcoming and responding to Alexander’s resignation, Amnesty International said the London 2012 Olympic organisers must admit their mistake in awarding the lucrative seven million pound contract to the Dow Chemical Company. “This high profile resignation means the London 2012 organisers can no longer ignore human rights concerns about Dow, a company that has refused to meet its responsibilities in relation to the victims of Bhopal,” said Seema Joshi of Amnesty International.

“Lord Sebastian Coe must publicly state that human rights concerns were never considered when awarding a contract to Dow and that LOCOG made a mistake.”

Dow Chemical owns US-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), the company that held a majority share in the Indian subsidiary that owned and operated the UCC plant responsible for the 1984 gas leak disaster, which killed thousands of people.


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