The Path to Sustainable Development: Lessons from the Bhopal Disasterby The Daily Eye Team December 14 2014, 1:33 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 44 secs
In the 1960s, UCC used to claim that its aim was to “help make a better life for all of us”. In addition, when it began marketing its pesticide products in India, through its subsidiary, Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL – in which UCC had controlling interests), its slogan was “Science helps build a new India”. UCIL started manufacturing pesticides at its Bhopal plant in 1969 by first importing the highly toxic chemical methyl isocyanate (MIC) from the U.S. Subsequently, in 1978, UCIL began manufacturing MIC at its Bhopal plant. All the while, UCC had assured workers at the plant that “safety at all costs” was its policy. In fact, it preached that: “People Are Our Most Important Asset, Their Safety and Health Our Greatest Responsibility”. However, these claims and assurances turned out to be empty rhetoric.