Among the many companies sponsoring this year’s Summer Olympic Games in London is BP, which is trying to use the event to further distance itself from the Gulf oil spill. And, in the process, proving that a company in a crisis just might throw anything out there in the hopes of cutting free from an atrocious reputation that’s sticking like a barnacle to the bottom of a ship.
But it’s hard to shake the Gulf spill when you hear stories about the devastating mutations in marine life, the ongoing legal battles, and see pictures like the one above, one of many just recently released by Greenpeace. (More here.)
Turns out, BP wasn’t the only energy company that thought an Olympic sponsorship would be a good corporate reputation tune-up. But what these companies could be doing is bringing down the Games rather than improving their images.
According to Mother Jones, this year’s Olympics were meant to be “the greenest Games ever” but instead, companies like BP and Dow, environmental offenders, are sponsors.
An environmental group has launched a campaign, “Greenwash Gold 2012,” that includes a number of powerful clips, including the one below, which is pretty powerful in a very South Park kind of way.