Philippines: Commission on Human Rights sets preliminary conference on 11 December for case against 47 carbon producers
"ExxonMobil, Shell among companies told to attend human rights investigation over climate change", 20 October 2017
The Commission on Human Rights...have called on 47 carbon producers to attend a preliminary meeting in its investigation into their corporate responsibility for climate-related human rights abuses. The companies include ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron, Total, BHP Billiton, Suncor, and ConocoPhillips.
This is the first opportunity for the Filipino petitioners to meet representatives of the fossil fuel companies face-to-face. Though carbon producers might choose to ignore the request for their attendance, the preliminary conference is set to take place on 11 December, in which the petitioners and companies need to discuss and agree evidence submission and witness testimonies.
The Commission has full authority, based on its mandate under the Philippine Constitution, to investigate human rights harms in the Philippines, including impacts resulting from the companies’ global activities... Failure to attend the 11 December preliminary meeting would be a reflection of its lack of commitment to its corporate responsibility.