19 April 2012
Bahrain F1 Grand Prix
We are monitoring events very closely and are aware of international concern focused on the Bahrain Grand Prix. We made the decision some time ago not to offer any form of hospitality this weekend, and have sent no employees to the Kingdom for this event. However, the decision whether or not to proceed with the Bahrain Grand Prix lies with McLaren, Formula One and the FIA rather than the sponsors.
Our Business Principles state that Vodafone respects and complies with all human rights legislation, regulations and standards in the countries in which we operate. We have made our concerns about this event clear to McLaren, and have relied on the assurances provided by the FIA, by Formula One and by McLaren regarding safety and security at the event. As a UK plc, we have also been guided by the views of the UK Foreign Office, and specifically the UK Ambassador's observation that the event should proceed and could have the effect of bringing the community together.
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