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New Quarterly Case Update March 2011 available

Mar 22, 2011
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The March 2011 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.

The highlights in this Quarterly Case Update includ

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New Cases:

  • Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth (FoE) International, and FoE Netherlands allege that Shell made false, misleading and incomplete statements about incidents of sabotage to its operations in the Niger Delta and the sources of pollution in the region.
  • FoE Europe and Liberia-based Sustainable Development Institute/FoE Liberia allege that ArcelorMittal has breached the OECD Guidelines with regard to its management of its County Social Development Fund in Liberia.
  • Sherpa, CED, FOCAFRE, and MISEREOR file simultaneous complaints against the holding companies of Cameroonian palm oil plantation SOCAPALM for negative impacts on the environment, local communities, and workers.
  • European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Sherpa, and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) file complaints against cotton traders Cargill and ICT for knowingly profiting from (forced) child labour in the Uzbek cotton industry. UK NCP accepts complaint.

 

Developments:

  • UK NCP accepts complaint against BHP Billiton raised by Justiça Ambiental, but puts the process on hold to first allow mediation by the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman of the IFC.
  • Swiss NCP closes case against Triumph without determination after the company refuses to enter mediation on key issue.
  • UK NCP closes cases against BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Airbus and issues final statement concluding that it was unable to determine whether or not the companies had breached the Guidelines.
  • After nearly 8 years and a Steering Board review process, the UK NCP concludes the BP BTC pipeline case. In its final statement, the NCP determines that BP’s activities were “not in accordance” with the Guidelines with regard to investigating and responding to locals’ complaints about intimidation by state security forces guarding the pipeline in Turkey. The status of the specific instances against BP’s non-British BTC consortium partners remains unclear.

 

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