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24 Mai 2006

Bloomberg, in Gulf Times [Qatar]

Stand up to rights abuse, Exxon tells executives

ExxonMobil Corp, the world’s largest oil company, is instructing managers of its wells, platforms, refineries and pipelines to stand up to governments that abuse citizens in communities where the company operates. ExxonMobil is requiring expatriate managers to condemn human rights violations, promote equal treatment of women and oppose child labour. The company is also increasing training for private security guards who protect its executives and installations, said Andre Madec, ExxonMobil’s global community-relations manager. The new human-rights policy wasn’t inspired by the 2001 lawsuit filed by Indonesian villagers who claimed they were brutalised by troops providing security at a company-operated gas field, Madec said in a telephone interview.