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Dow-Olympics contract shocking, says Amnesty

other Updated: Oct 26, 2011 00:30 IST

Chemical giant Dow's high-profile contract with 2012 London Olympics denigrates the suffering of the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy who are still awaiting justice even after 27 years, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Dow Chemical Company has been granted a contract to provide a decorative fabric wrap to encircle London's Olympic stadium during the next year's Games. Since 2001, Dow has been a 100 per cent owner of Union Carbide Corporation, the company which held a majority share in the Indian subsidiary that owned and operated the UCC plant responsible for the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster.

"It is shocking to find out that it (Olympic Committee) has granted such a high-profile contract to a firm which has failed to address one of the worst corporate related human rights disasters of the 20th century," said Seema Joshi, Amnesty International's Head of Business and Human Rights.

In an open letter, AI asked the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games to explain how the contract complies with the committee's Sustainable Sourcing Code's social and ethical priorities.