IndustriALL Global Union joined thousands of activists around the world to vote for Rio Tinto as the worst company linked to the London Olympics in the Greenwash awards, as the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) awarded certification to Rio Tinto on 13 July, attesting to the company’s highest ethical, social, and environmental standards.
In a mock awards ceremony held in Trafalgar Square, IndustriALL joined the London Mining Network and other NGOs, demonstrating the damaging behaviour of Rio Tinto around the world on its workers’ rights, local communities, and the environment. An Olympic-style medals podium was erected with Rio Tinto, followed in second place by BP, and third Dow Chemicals. Green slime was poured over the heads of those symbolically receiving the awards for the companies.