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May 17th, 2015
Umweltaktivisten kreisen mit Booten Shell-Plattform vor Seattle ein


Mit Kajaks, Kanus, Segelbooten und einem mit Sonnenenergie betriebenen Schiff umrundeten sie am Samstag im dortigen Hafen die gelb-weiße Bohrinsel

April 17th, 2015
Aus Fehlern gelernt – Sicherheitsgutachten zur Shell Rheinland-Raffinerie



Unmittelbar vor den Toren Kölns, im benachbarten Wesseling, betreibt der Mineralölkonzern Shell die Rheinland-Raffinerie. Und die hatte in den vergangenen Jahren durch zahlreiche Unfälle und Betriebsstörung immer wieder für Schlagzeilen gesorgt. Eine der größten Katastrophen ist dabei ein unterirdischer Kerosin-See, 2012 entstanden durch ein Leck in einem der Rohrleitungssysteme, durch das vier Wochen lang Kerosin unbemerkt ins Erdreich sickerte. Nun bestätigt ein Gutachten des Umweltministeriums in NRW, eine erneute Pannenserie sei eher unwahrscheinlich, Shell hätte aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit gelernt.

April 12th, 2015
Greenpeace-Aktivisten verlassen Bohrinsel von Shell im Nordpazifik


Greenpeace-Aktivisten haben sich nach fast einer Woche von einer Bohrinsel des Ölkonzerns Shell im Nordpazifik abgeseilt.

January 7th, 2015
Shell entschädigt Fischer in Nigeria für Ölverschmutzung


Der Ölkonzern Shell zahlt Fischern im nigerianischen Nigerdelta eine Entschädigung in Höhe von insgesamt 55 Millionen Pfund (etwa 70 Millionen Euro).

October 9th, 2014
Lego beendet Shell-Kooperation


Der Spielzeughersteller Lego will seine Zusammenarbeit mit dem Ölkonzern Shell nicht weiter fortsetzen. Dies gab Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, CEO der LEGO Group heute bekannt. Damit reagiert das Unternehmen auf eine Greenpeace-Kampagne gegen die Kooperation. Die Umweltschützer prangerten dabei vor allem die von Shell geplanten Öl-Bohrungen in arktischen Gewässern an und wie die Kooperation mit Lego in diesem Zusammenhang zur Imagepflege missbraucht würde.

August 7th, 2014
Shell und Nigerias Regierung ignorieren Umweltschäden



2011 wurden die Auswirkungen einer Umweltkatastrophe im nigerianischen Ogoniland durch eine UNEP-Studie deutlich. Auslöser war die Beendigung der Ölförderung im Jahr 1993 durch den Mineralölkonzern Shell. Dieser hatte seine Anlagen ungesichert zurückgelassen, sodass in der Folgezeit ungehindert Rohöl austreten konnte, mit katastrophalen Auswirkungen. Geändert hat sich seitdem wenig, wie mehrere NGOs untersucht haben. Sie fordern die nigerianische Regierung und Shell zum Handeln auf.

August 4th, 2014
Amnesty wirft Shell und Nigeria Untätigkeit gegen Ölverseuchung vor


Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International hat Nigeria und dem Ölriesen Shell vorgeworfen, bis heute so gut wie nichts gegen die schweren Umweltschäden durch die Ölförderung im Nigerdelta unternommen zu haben.

July 9th, 2014
Zusammenarbeit von Lego und Shell im Visier von Greenpeace


Amsterdam (csr-news) > Gegen Shell ist Greenpeace schon seit Längerem aktiv. Neu ist, dass die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Spielzeughersteller Lego im Fokus einer Kampagne steht. Für Greenpeace International sind in dieser Kooperation die Rollen klar verteilt, Lego sind die Guten, Shell die Bösen.



May 9th, 2014
CSRbriefly am Freitag


Hückeswagen (csr-news) – Heute mit den Themen: Faber-Castell für unternehmerische Verantwortung ausgezeichnet, Kodak ruft Branche zu nachhaltigem Handeln auf, Führende Wissensinstitutionen benennen Lenkungsausschuss SDSN Germany, Besetzungspraxis im Bundesfamilienministerium, Shell nimmt Schulungszentrum für Arbeitssicherheit in Betrieb, Fortschritte im Kampf gegen Nahrungsmittelverluste, Lärm im Meer



May 6th, 2014
Hauptversammlungen – Immer öfter Aktionärsanträge zu ESG-Themen



Einmal im Jahr haben Aktionäre die Möglichkeit direkten Einfluss auf Unternehmen, an denen sie beteiligt sind auszuüben. Die Hauptversammlung ist der Ort um Fragen zu stellen. Immer öfter werden diese zu sozialen und ökologischen Themen gestellt. Das Beratungsunternehmen ErnstYoung hat festgestellt, dass sich in der aktuellen HV-Saison drei von zehn der am häufigsten eingereichten Anträge mit Nachhaltigkeitsthemen befassen.

April 16th, 2014
Grünen-Studie warnt vor steigendem Ölpest-Risiko in der Nordsee



In der Nordsee steigt einer Studie zufolge das Risiko einer großen Ölkatastrophe. Viele Offshore-Förderanlagen vor allem im Norden und Süden seien veraltet, heißt es in einer am Dienstag veröffentlichten Untersuchung des Hamburger Beratungsbüros EnergyComment im Auftrag der Grünen-Bundestagsfraktion. Aufgrund der Strömungsverhältnisse sei auch die deutsche Küste gefährdet, vor allem durch Unfälle im britischen Teil.

February 4th, 2014
Total verzichtet auf Erdölförderung in Welterbe-Gebieten


Paris (afp) - Der französische Energiekonzern Total hat sich verpflichtet, kein Erdöl mehr in schützenswerten Welterbe-Gebieten zu fördern. Das kündigte die Weltkulturorganisation UNESCO am Montagabend in Paris an und begrüßte dies als "historische Entscheidung". Der britisch-niederländische Energieriese Royal Dutch Shell sowie die Vereinigung



January 15th, 2014
US-Klage gegen Daimler wegen Verstößen in Argentinien nicht zulässig


Washington (afp) - Der deutsche Autobauer Daimler kann wegen der mutmaßlichen Zusammenarbeit eines Tochterunternehmens mit der argentinischen Militärdiktatur in den 1970er Jahren nicht in den USA haftbar gemacht werden. Der Oberste Gerichtshof in Washington kippte am Dienstag die Entscheidung eines kalifornischen Berufungsgerichts. Dieses



January 2nd, 2014
Top 10 corporate responsibility stories of 2013


Plus ça change in corporate responsibility. If nothing else, 2013 provided ample evidence that, contrary to popular belief, corporate responsibility issues, even the huge stories that dominate the media, do not exactly come out of nowhere. So many of the top CR stories of the year, like the Rana Plaza disaster, Apple's tax problems, and JP Morgan's huge fine, were already prefaced by the big stories of the previous year. Among our top 10 of 2012 were a Bangladesh factory fire, corporate tax avoidance, criticism of tech companies, and prosecutions in the financial sector. So the writing was already on the wall for most of the big stories of 2013. It would appear, as Ethical Corporation editor Toby Webb said recently, that with all the excitement about new opportunities and win-wins, companies are underestimating the importance of sound ethical risk management in the corporate responsibility equation. So, if you want to know what CR risks lie ahead for 2014, you could do worse than checking through our list of the big stories of 2013.

1. Rana Plaza building collapse
Back in April 2013, more than 1100 people, mostly garment workers, died when the Rana Plaza building collapsed near Dhaka in Bangladesh. It was probably the single worst garment factory disaster yet, in an industry that has suffered more than its fair share of needless fatalities. But Bangladesh had already seen a series of major industrial accidents leading up to Rana Plaza, which had been met with little tangible response from business and government leaders. Rana Plaza looks to have at last changed that. The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, signed by nearly 100 global retailers, as well as labour unions and NGOs is a legally binding agreement to ensure worker safety through independent factory inspections, mandatory repairs, financial support, and sanctions for noncompliance. More than 2m vulnerable Bangladeshi garment workers are already covered by the Accord. A competing agreement, signed by Walmart, Gap, Target and other North American companies was criticized for having weaker enforcement and failing to involve labor unions. Nonetheless, both pacts are evidence that factory safety in Bangladesh is finally getting the concerted attention it deserves.

2. Apple's tax avoidance
Corporate tax avoidance had been a growing story in the UK and elsewhere prior to 2013, as evidenced by our top stories listing of 2012. But the issue exploded onto the public consciousness when Apple's CEO Tim Cook was forced to testify to a Senate committee in Washington back in May of this year. The company had avoided paying literally billions of dollars in tax by exploiting various loopholes in international tax treaties and funnelling its European profits through a shell company in Ireland. All completely legal, of course, but hardly what the public expects of a good corporate citizen. Now that attention to corporate tax avoidance has gone global, and with inequality and government debt the two biggest global risks today, the obvious questions are which country will be next in taking aim and which company will be in the firing line? Corporate tax reform is also undoubtedly going to loom even larger in the coming year.

3. NSA spying
Without doubt, Edward Snowden's whistleblowing on the US National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance programs was the story of 2013. Nothing else even got close. However, the corporate responsibility dimensions still remain somewhat murky, which is why it doesn't quite make it to the top of our list. We do know, however, that telecoms companies like Verizon are required to hand over all call records  (or "metadata") to the NSA about cell phone calls made in the US. We also know that none of these companies ever sought to challenge the legality of the action. Another revelation was that the secret PRISM spying program allows the NSA to tap into the servers of internet companies like Google and Microsoft to access customer data. We also know that NSA pays millions of dollars to these same companies. We do not yet know exactly how complicit tech companies have been in the whole mess but one thing for sure is that they now realize that the NSA spying story is undermining their customers' trust and are calling for government reform. Expect much more to come in 2014.

4. JP Morgan's $13bn misconduct settlement
Our annual list of major corporate responsibility stories would not be complete without an entry from the finance industry. As we predicted at the beginning of the year, 2013 was marked by the return of government and some major financial sector scalps. None of these was bigger than the whopping $13bn fine landed on JP Morgan for misleading investors in the same of mortgage backed securities in the lead-up to the financial crisis. To date, it is the settlement ever between the US government and a corporation, and will come as some (though probably not enough) relief to those who have viewed most of the finance sector giants as getting away with the crisis relatively unscathed. On the other hand, JP Morgan is probably pretty sore about catching the flack for misconduct that was less about their own practices and more down to firms like Bear Stearns that they were encouraged by the US government to acquire at the height of the meltdown. No one comes out of this looking good.

5. Europe's horse meat scandal
At the beginning of the year, the big news was all about horse meat turning up in products it wasn't supposed to be in. Like those clearly labelled as "beef". The scandal started in the UK, quickly spread to a suspect supplier in Ireland, and soon rocked much of Europe. Customer trust rapidly evaporated as it became clear that effective oversight of the food industry was sorely lacking. Companies acted quickly to withdraw potentially contaminated products and shore up confidence but further revelations of large scale criminal activity in the food supply chain will do little to restore trust in a thoroughly compromised industry.

6. India's new CSR law
The world's largest democracy now has the world's most extensive CSR legislation. But that is not necessarily a good thing. Under the new Companies Act, passed by the Indian Parliament in August 2013, large Indian companies must spend at least 2 per cent of their net profits on CSR each year from 2014 onwards. It also requires firms to set up a CSR board committee and institute a CSR policy. The new CSR legislation has met with a mixed reaction, especially as it seems to institutionalize a somewhat backward looking approach to CSR which emphasizes philanthropic giving whilst ignoring the core strategic business of the firm. It will also be incredibly hard to enforce in a country already hamstrung by an overburdened legal system. On the plus side, the legislation does force many of India's laggard companies to finally take some responsibility for the various social problems faced by the country's citizens. For better or worse, CSR is no longer something that can be ignored in India.

7. Chevron's Ecuador pollution case
It has been a big year for Chevron and Ecuador in their long-running, aggressively-fought pollution case. In November, the Ecuadorean high court made its long-awaited appeal decision which upheld the original 2011 judgement requiring Chevron to pay $9bn to compensate for contaminating the rainforest during crude oil extraction over two decades ago. Chevron has never operated in Ecuador but inherited the lawsuit and its toxic legacy when it took over Texaco, the original operator, in 2001. For its part Chevron continues to dispute the legality of the ruling and has refused to pay. The appeal was at least partially successful for Chevron by halving the original $18bn damages bill, but not in overturning the decision. Chevron is now awaiting the outcome of a counter-suit heard last month in the US against the plaintiff's main lawyer, who the company claims engaged in bribery and fraud to secure the conviction. Meanwhile, attempts by the plaintiffs to seize Chevron's assets overseas to pay the fine also had their ups and downs in 2013. For example, Canada first denied them the rights of enforcement in May, only for a judge to overturn the decision on appeal in December. Other actions are underway in Brazil and Argentina. This has fast turned into a test not only of the Ecuadorean legal system, but of the global legal system's appetite to prosecute international legacy corporate responsibility issues.

8. Rosia Montana mining protests 
2013 saw major protests against mining operations all over the world, including Australia, Canada, Columbia, Greece, Niger, Peru, even Tibet. But the biggest of the lot was probably in Romania, which saw a mass protest movement arise in response to plans to mine around the town of Rosia Montana. If approved, it would be Europe's largest gold mine but critics claim that it would inflict untold social, environmental and cultural damage. Mass street protests erupted after the government proposed a new law that would enable the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (majority owned by the Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources) to finally start operations after years of failing to acquire the necessary environmental permits. At stake here then is not just the proposed mine but the legitimacy of the democratic process, which protesters feel has been fatally undermined by the hastily forced through legislation. As one protester put it: "People today confront a corrupted political class backed up by a corporation and a sold out media; and they ask for an improved democratic process, for adding a participatory democracy dimension to traditional democratic mechanisms."

 9. New UN Global Compact 100 Index
There were several entrants to the new corporate responsibility standards and guidelines category in 2013, with the G4 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative probably being the most talked about. But September's launch of the Global Compact's new stock market index, the Global Compact 100, for us represented the most significant development. First, as John Entine noted, it offered a welcome new development in a social investing field "hungry for innovation and dogged by ideological correctness". But more than that it showed just how far the UN was willing to push the needle on its voluntary approach to corporate responsibility that heavily prioritizes incentives rather than enforcement. While many are still criticizing the Global Compact for not having sharp enough teeth to weed out laggards and green washers, the new index makes it abundantly clear that the UNGC is moving in a very different direction. Ten years ago it would still have been unthinkable, but the reality is that the UN is no longer just in the business of accords, declarations, and principles but is now also firmly in the finance industry.

10. South Korea's nuclear corruption scandal
GSK's corruption scandal in China may have got most of the headlines, but in our book, the corruption scandal that has engulfed South Korea's nuclear industry this year tops it for potential impact. Two short years after Japan's Fukishima disaster, neighbouring South Korea is also facing a devastating loss of confidence in its nuclear industry which supplies about a third of the country's energy needs. The scandal has centred on a swathe of faked safety certificates that have been issued for critical nuclear reactor parts over the years, and the bribes that have allegedly been paid to look the other way. Most commentators pin the blame on the closed structure of the nuclear industry in South Korea with only a single national operator and close ties between the operator, suppliers and testing companies. The prime minister has likened the industry to the mafia. A number of reactors have been shut down, trust in the industry has plummeted, a national energy shortage is underway, and now some 100 officials have been indicted for their part in the scandal. Corruption that compromises the safety of the nuclear industry is probably about as bad as it gets. And its unclear yet whether South Korea can really turn this one around.

Photo by rijans. Reproduced under Creative Commons licence




December 9th, 2013
Milliarden-Gewinne multinationaler Unternehmen auf Kosten von Menschenrechten


Berlin (csr-news) > Anlässlich des internationalen Tages der Menschenrechte stellt heute die NRO-Kampagne FACING FINANCE ihren Bericht DIRTY PROFITS 2 vor. Dieser belegt: Menschenrechtsverletzungen, Korruption, Ausbeutung und Umweltzerstörung gehören immer noch zum Geschäftsmodell global agierender Unternehmen. Der 124 Seiten starke Bericht zeigt die



December 5th, 2013
Shell baut größtes Schiff der Welt


London/Seoul (csr-news) > Im südkoreanischen Seoul wurde der Rumpf der Prelude, das größte jemals gebaute Schiff, zu Wasser gelassen. Gebaut wird es von der Samsung Heavy Industries im Auftrag des Mineralölkonzerns Shell. Allerdings wird das Schiff als große Offshore-Plattform eher ankern als fahren.



November 8th, 2013
Amnesty: Shell verschleiert Ursache von Öllecks in Nigeria


Lagos (afp) - Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International hat dem Ölkonzern Shell vorgeworfen, die Ursachen für Öllecks in Nigeria bewusst zu verschleiern, um Schadenersatzzahlungen zu entgehen. Die Zahl der Öllecks im südlichen Nigerdelta sei "atemberaubend", erklärte die Organisation am Donnerstag. So habe Shell seit



October 22nd, 2013
Brasilien vergibt Lizenzen zur Ausbeutung gigantischer Ölvorkommen


Rio de Janeiro (afp) - Unternehmen aus Europa und China sollen dem brasilianischen Ölkonzern Petrobras bei der Ausbeutung gigantischer Ölvorkommen vor der Küste des südamerikanischen Landes helfen. Das britisch-niederländische Unternehmen Shell, der französische Konzern Total sowie zwei chinesische Firmen erhielten den Zuschlag, wie



October 18th, 2013
Shell-Chef fordert Freilassung von Greenpeace-Aktivistin


Helsinki (afp) - Der Chef des Ölkonzerns Shell fordert die Freilassung einer finnischen Greenpeace-Aktivistin aus russischer Untersuchungshaft, will an den umstrittenen Bohrungen seiner Firma in der Arktis aber festhalten. Seine Landsfrau gehöre trotz ihres Protests gegen den russischen Gazprom-Konzern auf freien Fuß, sagte



October 14th, 2013
Neue Runde im Verfahren argentinischer Folteropfer gegen Daimler


Washington (afp) - Von Mercedes an die argentinische Junta verraten - so erging es nach eigenen Angaben mehreren früheren Mitarbeitern des Autobauers, die deswegen den Mutterkonzern Daimler verklagen. Sie werfen den einstigen Verantwortlichen bei Mercedes in Argentinien vor, eng mit der Militärdiktatur zusammen
















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