2012 sustainability flaws

13 December 2007
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13 December 2007 | Antony Barton

London 2012 Olympics bosses are in danger of failing to meet the targets they set on sustainability.

A recent review by the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (CSL), the Olympics sustainability watchdog, found the games' delivery bodies lack vital plans to monitor labour standards in supply chains and assess the level of procurement from the developing world.

In its first major governance report CSL said the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the organising committee LOCOG are deciding how this information will be collected, but there is no clear understanding of how it will be used to guide procurement.

Shaun McCarthy, chairman of CSL, told SM the issue has probably not yet been addressed, despite ongoing procurement for construction projects, because it was "one of those things they found a bit difficult to deal with in the early stages.

"It's right for us to be critical that the work hasn't yet been done and they need to develop this process in the next couple of months if they're going to deal with the ethical issue properly."

The report was issued three days after the delivery bodies launched their London 2012 Sustainability Plan, which sets the principle of "ensuring goods and services are sourced and processed under a set of internationally acceptable environmental, social and ethical guidelines".

A spokesman for LOCOG said it was in the process of signing up to the Suppliers Ethical Data Exchange, which allows firms to share data on labour practices, and will encourage its licensees and partners to do the same.

An ODA spokeswoman said: "The ODA is clear it wants to work with suppliers who have a good track record in human rights and use 'ethically' produced goods and materials." British Airways (BA) has appointed a new head of procurement.


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