Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as ‘mismanaged’

(The Guardian, 17 Oct 2021) Exclusive: NatWest, Microsoft and GSK among firms to raise complaint over poor planning and breakdown in relations.

Companies that stumped up millions of pounds to sponsor the Cop26 climate summit have condemned it as “mismanaged” and “very last minute” in a volley of complaints as next month’s event in Glasgow draws near.

The sponsors, which include some of Britain’s biggest companies, have raised formal complaints blaming “very inexperienced” civil servants for delayed decisions, poor communication and a breakdown in relations between the organisers and firms in the run-up to the landmark talks.

The Guardian understands that a letter to the organisers, written by broadcaster Sky and co-signed by senior leaders from other Cop26 sponsors, has raised concerns with them over these and other problems, and followed another co-signed letter in July.

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The Guardian, 17 Oct 2021: Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as ‘mismanaged’