UK calls for probe into Dow’s sponsorship of 2012 London Olympics

A British MP has urged Parliament to launch an investigation into Dow Chemical’s sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium.

Labour’s Barry Gardiner said there were grounds to believe the entire procurement process was a sham.

London Olympics organizers’ decision to name controversial Dow Chemical Company as the sponsor of its seven million pounds fabric curtain has caused anger as the US chemical firm played a role in 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

It neither owned nor ran the pesticide plant from which gas leaked, killing nearly 4,000 people, but it bought the company responsible, Union Carbide, in 2001. Campaigners are demanding more compensation for Bhopal victims.

According to, Gardiner is writing to John Whittingdale, chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, about his concerns.

The suspicion is that Dow Chemical, which seven months earlier paid the Inter­national Olympic Committee about 75million pounds to become a worldwide ­commercial partner, was always the favourite.

“The public and Parliament have been led to believe that appointing Dow as sponsor would save 7million pounds,” Gardiner said.

“It would appear in fact that the saving was just 1.5million dollars. This and the entire procurement process needs to be investigated to ensure it was not biased,” he added.

 Source: Daily News & Analysis

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