Human rights advisor sues Statoil, alleges false representations about its commitment to human rights

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Company response
23 August 2010

Statement by Statoil Re: Human rights advisor sues Norwegian oil company over false representations about its commitment to respecting human rights

Author: Statoil

Statoil ASA has been made aware that an employee...has filed a lawsuit against Statoil ASA in California, U.S... Statoil ASA rejects...allegations [made in the lawsuit] as unfounded and incorrect. As this an ongoing lawsuit, Statoil will not provide further comments to the press release. As an international oil and gas company, Statoil takes its human rights responsibilities very seriously. Statoil ASA is a founding member of the UN Global Compact, an active supporter of international initiatives on business and human rights, and works systematically to ensure that its operations meet all applicable national and international laws and standards.

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Article
16 August 2010

[PDF] Complaint for Damages

Author: Paul Hoffman & Michael Seplow, counsel for the plaintiff

This action is about an international petroleum company which lured a California citizen to...relocate to Norway based on knowingly false promises and misrepresentations about the nature and character of her position as a human rights specialist for the company.... [The plaintiff] was promised that her job at Statoil would provide her with the opportunity and ability to ensure that the company respected international human rights norms in its operations and would also offer the potential for career advancement within the company. However, once she relocated to Norway,...[she] learned that...the company never intended to allow her to perform the essential tasks necessary to hold the company to the human rights promises it makes to the international community.

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Article
16 August 2010

[PDF] Human Rights Advisor Sues Norwegian Oil Company over False Representations about Its Commitment to Respecting Human Rights

Author: Paul Hoffman & Michael Seplow, counsel for the plaintiff

On August 17, 2010,...[Statoil's Human Rights Advisor] filed a lawsuit against Statoil... [She] alleges that the company misled her about the nature of her position as a Human Rights advisor... [She]...alleges that she was hired by Statoil mainly for “public relations” purposes, despite the company’s promises to the contrary. After working for the company for over a year, she realized that the company’s commitment to human rights was lacking. For example, despite the fact that she was supposed to be responsible for human rights policies in Statoil’s overseas operations, she was only allowed to make two trips to Statoil’s foreign facilities...[She] was told, and the company has publicly claimed, that Statoil was committed to implementing the Human Rights Risk Assessment (“HRRA”)... However,...[she] alleges that “despite having been promised that the company was committed to the HRRA, [she] encountered tremendous resistance to her efforts to implement the HRRA.”

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