The complaint alleges TotalFinaElf and its Russian suppliers have committed environmental crimes. The complainants maintain that oil production in Russia violates German water pollution laws. By sourcing from Russian suppliers, TotalFinaElf is complicit the environmental destruction.
Greenpeace contends that TotalFinaElf’s headquarters in Berlin is at fault, because it makes the business decisions. In addition, Russian crude is delivered to the Leuna refinery in Germany.
The complaint also asks the German NCP to investigate leaking oil pipelines and the clean up of the tundra and taiga in Siberia, which is contaminated with oil.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
- Version 2000 Chapter II
- Version 2000 Chapter II Paragraph II.2
- Version 2000 Chapter V
- Version 2000 Chapter V Paragraph V.2 Subparagraph V.2.A
- Version 2000 Chapter V Paragraph V.2 Subparagraph V.2.B
Although the NCP held several meetings Greenpeace and TotalFinaElf, the case was rejected in May 2003 due to the lack of an investment nexus.