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80 NGOs support complaint submitted to UN Global Compact against PetroChina over its involvement in Sudan

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19 January 2009

NGOs to further challenge UN Global Compact to uphold its “Integrity Measures”

Author: Investors Against Genocide & SOMO

Following the refusal by the UN Global Compact (UNGC) to accept and act on a formal complaint of "systematic or egregious abuse" of the Global Compact's overall aims and principles by PetroChina, a UNGC participant, the NGOs that submitted the complaint plan to escalate the matter to the UNGC's Board of Directors... Eric Cohen, Chairperson of Investors Against Genocide...[said] "The UNGC would be setting an extremely unfortunate precedent by declining to use its own documented process to preserve the integrity of its work in this extreme situation."...Bart Slob, senior researcher at SOMO, concurs that the public image of the UN should not be used by companies to cover up irresponsible behaviour.

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7 January 2009

Over 80 organizations ask Global Compact to delist PetroChina for complicity in genocide

Author: Global Compact Critics

Today, over 80 civil society organizations including human rights, corporate accountability, and religious groups from 25 countries, as well as government officials and actor Mia Farrow, submitted an open letter to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in support of a formal complaint against PetroChina, a Global Compact participant. PetroChina, the publicly traded arm of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), is Sudan's largest oil industry partner and has financial links to the regime perpetuating the six-year humanitarian crisis in Darfur which many consider to be genocide.

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7 January 2009

[PDF] Letter to the UN Global Compact on the Complaint Against PetroChina

Author: Over 80 civil society organizations & individuals

...[W]e ask the UN Global Compact to formally and urgently address this serious complaint against PetroChina under the UNGC‟s Integrity Measure for “Allegations of Systematic or Egregious Abuses. In doing so, the UNGC will be taking a strong stand against abuse of its founding principles...We believe that the UNGC, having created the Integrity Measures, must now apply them, given the grave human rights abuses and the seriousness of this complaint. Acting otherwise would substantially weaken the moral influence of the UNGC. [includes full list of signatories]

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15 December 2008

[PDF] UN Global Compact complaint against PetroChina

Author: Eric Cohen, Chairperson, Investors Against Genocide & Bart Slob, Senior Researcher, SOMO

…[W]e are writing to make formal “Allegations of Systematic or Egregious Abuses” against PetroChina under the UN Global Compact Integrity Measures…If after three months, there is no satisfactory resolution of the issues raised, we request that you consider PetroChina’s participation in the Global Compact to be detrimental to the reputation and integrity of the Global Compact and remove the company from the list of participants...Our allegation of egregious abuse is based on the…relationship between PetroChina and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), their violation of UNGC principles and failure to respect human rights, lack of due diligence in avoiding human rights violations, the widespread recognition of PetroChina as a major contributor to the conflict in Darfur, and PetroChina’s continuing refusal to correct the abuses.

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