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Sponsors of Formula One "have been left squirming" after Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead amid human rights concerns

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25 April 2012

Protests over the Bahrain Grand Prix 2012

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the following companies, teams and organizations to respond to…[human rights] concerns about the race. Below are the responses we have received, and an indication of which companies and organizations have not responded. Below the list are the items we are asking them to respond to. [refers to Acer, Allianz, Alpinestars, Casio, CNBC, Dell, Falcon Private Bank, Fiat, GE, Gillette / Procter & Gamble, Hackett, Head & Shoulders / Procter & Gamble, Hilton HHonors, Hugo Boss / Valentino Fashion Group, Kingfisher Airlines / UB Group, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, NetApp, Philip Morris Intl., Pirelli, Santander, Siemens, TAG Heuer / LVMH, Tata Motors, Telmex, Thomson Reuters, UB Group, Virgin, Visa, Whyte & Mackay / UB Group, Cosworth, McLaren, HRT-Cosworth, Lotus-Renault, Marussia-Cosworth, McLaren-Mercedes, Sauber-Ferrari, STR-Ferrari, Formula One Group of Companies, CVC Capital Partners, JP Morgan, CNN, Deutsche Post DHL, Intel, Johnnie Walker / Diageo, Microsoft, Petronas, Reebok / adidas Group, Shell, Total, Vodafone, Volkswagen, Ferrari, Mercedes / Daimler, Renault, Caterham F1, Red Bull Racing, Williams F1]

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Article
23 April 2012

Bahrain race shows flip side of sponsorship

Author: Keith Weir, Reuters

Sponsors ploughing money into Formula One have been left squirming after the motor sport's rulers ignored human rights concerns and staged a race in Bahrain watched by hundreds of millions around the globe…"Based on what we have seen in the past, it is going to do damage to their reputations," said Chris Avery…[Director] of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. "It's hard to put a monetary value on that. Each of them has to decide whether this association with Formula One is worth the damage it is doing," added Avery, whose organisation encourages companies to respect human rights. [refers to Formula One Group, Vodafone, McLaren, Thomson Reuters, Williams, Dow Chemical, Standard Chartered]

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