New Zealand teams will enjoy controversial sponsorship with petrochemicals

New Zealand teams will enjoy controversial sponsorship with petrochemicals

Sydney (Australia), July 28 (EFE). – The New Zealand Rugby Union announced this Wednesday that its teams, including the well-known All Blacks, will wear the petrochemical company INEOS logo on their crews for six years, despite protests from environmental groups such as Greenpeace.

From 2022 onwards, the INEOS logo will appear on the back of match shorts and on the front of the Men’s All Blacks, Women’s Blacks Fem and Lower Class training jerseys. New Zealand Rugby statement regulating the sport in the oceanic country.

“Ineos will bring an innovative approach and dedication to partnering with our teams, qualities we see in all aspects of their business, particularly around sustainability with their commitment to delivering a carbon-neutral future,” said Mark Robinson, authorized advisor to the regulator. the body.

The agreement, whose sums of money did not exceed it, was rejected by environmental groups and considered a beautification of the British multinational through sport.

“In the midst of the climate crisis, it is heartbreaking to see NZ Rugby sign a sponsorship agreement with a polluting oil and gas group like INEOS responsible for plunging us into the climate crisis and polluting the oceans,” said Jurisa Lee. Greenpeace activist.

In recent weeks, more than 13,000 people have signed up to a campaign promoted by Greenpeace asking NZ Rugby not to partner with INEOS.

Lee notes that this agreement “disappoints many New Zealanders” who are now in a position to support the fight against climate change in one of the countries most exposed to “sea-level rise and severe storms” while encouraging all. Blacks, sponsored by one of the “world’s biggest polluters”. EFE

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