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BP and Rio Tinto offer Greenwash Gold responses, but no sign of Dow

BP and Rio Tinto offer Greenwash Gold responses, but no sign of Dow

Yesterday, we published a story detailed a new campaign called Greenwash Gold, that aims to highlight the unethical and unsustainable nature of three sponsors of this summer’s Olympic Games.

They are BP, Dow Chemical and Rio Tinto.

As Blue & Green Tomorrow is a balanced news outlet, we gave the trio the right to respond. Two replied – BP and Rio Tinto.

Here’s BP’s official line:

“BP is a proud supporter of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, not only as a Sustainability Partner and Official Offsetting Partner, but also the Oil and Gas Partner, and as the Premier Partner for the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.

“We are 100% committed to supporting LOCOG in making the Games an enormous success. We do not comment on the actions of protest groups.”

We can’t help thinking that it is more than a little contradictory for BP (or any company for that matter) to be the Oil and Gas Partner and the Sustainability Partner at the same time. And it is a shame that BP is unwilling to comment on then direct questions raised by the organisers.

Moving on, here’s the official quote from Rio Tinto chief executive, Tom Albanese:

“Being ethically responsible is a thread that runs through everything we do. We aim to bring long-lasting positive change to the communities where we work, respecting human rights, bringing economic benefits and looking after the environment.

The metals and minerals we produce go to make things we use every day, and that help contribute to higher living standards, from medicine and soap to housing and mobile phones.

We have rigorous standards for air quality, ecosystems, biodiversity, climate change, the use of energy, land and water and waste disposal. Before we even open a mine we plan for its closure and how to restore the land.

We support London 2012’s commitment to delivering the most sustainable games ever. It aligns with Rio Tinto’s commitment to sustainable development wherever we operate.”

Make of that what you will. It does at least respond to the concerns raised, but whether or not such statements will be sufficient to avoid the Greenwash Gold medal remains to be seen.

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