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17 Feb 2010

Sarah Arnott, The Independent [UK]

Oil giant faces fresh criticism over Nigeria

Shell should link relevant executives' pay to progress on environmental issues in the Niger Delta, a highly critical report…recommends…The benefits of the oil industry's operations in the region are outweighed by the environmental and social costs, the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) says…The ECCR recommends the company address communities' need for clean drinking water, improve community relations, and transform the Nigerian SPDC subsidiary's operating culture…"A number of the recommendations are already part of existing policies or are part of a regular review of our practices in Nigeria," Shell said. "However, SPDC acknowledges that it can always do better and is always willing to work with third parties who can help in this."