Man City tops eco rating
Ethical survey of Premiership Clubs shows Man City to be the most progressive on environmental initiatives.
A first ever survey of Premiership Clubs’ performance on ethical issues has revealed Man City to be the most progressive on environmental initiatives. Topping the rating on choice of kit manufacturers was Middlesbrough, whose producer uses a European eco-label. And Aston Villa, whose players promote Acorn Children’s Hospices on their shirts, did best for sponsorship.
The report is published in the latest issue of Ethical Consumer magazine and also looks at issues such as:
low pay of catering workers, cleaners and stewards,
poor working conditions at kit suppliers' factories in the far east
the other commercial interests of club owners.
Unsurprisingly, the UK sport’s new generation of controversial overseas billionaire investors have lowered ethical ratings – Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea are in the bottom six in a Premiership table ranked by ethics rather than goals. However, according to Rob Harrison, editor of the magazine: “more surprising was the fact that football, as an industry, tends to score better on ethics than other industries we review – such as supermarkets, banking or clothes. It is, after all, a potentially sustainable activity with a promising future in a low carbon world.”
What the clubs were not good at was communicating what they do. The researcher working on this report described the responses to requests for information on corporate social responsibility issues as ‘the worst I’ve known in nine years’.
Man City’s environmental initiatives which received particular commendation included work on promoting public transport and walking to the ground. Over 70% of fans were coming to the City of Manchester stadium on either foot or bus. Non-league Dartford, however, was way ahead in the environmental game with its eco-stadium at Princes Park. It has two rainwater lakes for the staggering 20,000 litres of water a day it takes to maintain a football pitch, as well as solar panels, a sustainably sourced timber framework, state-of-the-art insulation and a 'living roof.'
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