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10 Sep 2012


Shell response to “Issues Brief” by former UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie

The role of the Supreme Court is to interpret existing law and not to write new law. Shell respects the role of the Supreme Court to fulfil its constitutional role. History and the facts show that Shell has been an advocate of corporate social responsibility (CSR). A Board level CSR Committee oversees the company’s policies and performance with respect to the Shell General Business Principles. Professor Ruggie’s paper states that the Kiobel case may be useful to prompt conversation on a series of questions about the interfaces of business, law and human rights. Shell will continue to engage on these important topics.

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John Ruggie asks whether Shell, in its arguments in Kiobel lawsuit in USA re alleged abuses in Nigeria, should "aim to destroy an entire edifice for redressing gross violations"

Pamela Merchant of Center for Justice & Accountability examines what is at stake in upcoming US Supreme Court rehearing of Kiobel v. Shell

Motley Fool article examines Kiobel v. Shell lawsuit pending before US Supreme Ct. & how companies deal with local communities