Memorandum of Evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Enquiry on Business & Human Rights

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1 May 2009

[PDF] Memorandum of Evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Enquiry on Business & Human Rights

Author: The Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition

The Government must address the lack of accountability of UK companies responsible for human rights abuses abroad…[T]he trend of worsening practices appears to be increasing…A new dispute resolution body with a mandate to receive, investigate and settle complaints against UK parent companies relating to subsidiary or supplier abuse in other countries is a realistic legal possibility provided it:
1. Respects international law restrictions on extraterritorial jurisdiction;
2. Complements existing civil liability processes, rather than seeking to replicate or replace them; and
3. Is underpinned by a clear set of standards which focus…on the role of the parent company as the “primary influencer”, “overseer” or “coordinator” of the corporate group.

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Company response
22 January 2009

Shell response re gas flaring in Nigeria

Author: Shell

Shell remains committed to ending the continuous flaring of gas in its operations in Nigeria...The...joint venture...has made considerable progress in reducing flaring. Total flaring dropped by more than 50% between 2002 and 2007...This is the equivalent of taking all passenger cars in the Netherlands off the road. Regrettably, security issues that prevent access to key construction sites - and lack of funding from our majority JV partner - are continuing to delay the gas gathering projects. The SPDC joint venture has invested approximately $3 billion to date to reduce continuous flaring. More than $3 billion of additional investment is needed to reduce flaring as low as is reasonably possible...Shell values our work with IUCN...

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Company response
20 August 2008

Vedanta response to Survival International media statement

Author: Vedanta Resources

Vedanta has, on several occasions, offered Survival the opportunity to discuss the project with us...Survival has so far not chosen to do so. The Lanjigarh bauxite mining project was thoroughly studied by the Central Government of India as well as the State Government of Orissa. All issues concerning this project were thoroughly reviewed by expert bodies appointed with the concurrence of the Supreme Court of India. There are no outstanding issues and the bauxite mining project has now been approved by the Supreme Court of India. Vedanta is pleased that the project has been approved and is committed to implementing it in accordance with the guidelines and safeguards laid down by the Supreme Court of India.

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