World Cup sponsors Visa, Coke comment on Qatar work conditions

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Visa, Coca-Cola express concerns over 2022 World Cup migrant worker abuse in Qatar
Wednesday May 20th, 2015

Visa and Coca-Cola, two of the World Cup's major sponsors, have issued statements regarding migrant worker abuse in the construction of 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar.

New reports regarding the continually inhumane work and housing conditions of migrant workers tasked with constructing new buildings for the event have raised an uproar around the globe. The two sponsors, Coke and then Visa, were the first to respond.

"The Coca-Cola Company does not condone human rights abuses anywhere in the world," Coca-Cola's statement read, according to Marketing Magazine. "We know FIFA is working with Qatari authorities to address specific labor and human rights issues. We expect FIFA to continue taking these matters seriously and to work toward further progress."

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“We continue to be troubled by the reports coming out of Qatar related to the World Cup and migrant worker conditions," Visa's statement read. "We have expressed our grave concern to FIFA and urge them to take all necessary actions to work with the appropriate authorities and organizations to remedy this situation and ensure the health and safety of all involved.”

These statements come after a group of workers' rights unions began a campaign to pressure the event's main sponsors into using their influence. 

Other organizations including New FIFA Now are also working to influence the sponsors to exercise power in the situation.

The other six of the World Cup's sponsors have yet to comment on the situation: McDonald's, adidas, Kia, Hyundai, Gazprom and Budweiser.

Jeremy Woo

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