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Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment vs SHV Holdings, NV

Case overview

Date filed 9 October 2008
Current status Rejected
Issue Makro’s human rights and environment violations in Pakistan
Summary of the case Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environments complaint against Dutch SHV Holdings NV alleges the company was involved in the illegal transfer and conversion of land and has committed human rights abuses and caused environmental degradation in Pakistan.

Dutch SHV Holdings NV and Pakistani House of Habib jointly owned Makro Habib Pakistan Ltd., which operates a chain of department outlet stores in Pakistan.
Developments/Outcome The Dutch NCP accepted the case in November 2008 and forwarded it to SHV for comment. In a February 2009 meeting with the NCP, SHV denied the allegations and informed the NCP it had divested from the Makro Habib joint venture in December 2008.

After the NCP learned that a lower court in Pakistan had dismissed a similar complaint concerning the land-related issues, the complainant argued that the case was dismissed unlawfully and an appeal had been filed. In December 2009, the Supreme Court ruled in the complainant's favour and ordered Makro-Habib to relocate.

When the NCP learned that the environmental issues had been resolved prior to the filing of the complaint, the complainant acknowledged that the issues had been remedied, but requested that the NCP determine whether the OECD Guidelines had been violated.

Once the company presented documented proof that it had fully divested from Makro Habib Pakistan Ltd. in December 2008, the NCP concluded it could no longer pursue future-oriented mediation. The NCP also decided the “investment nexus” had ceased to exist and it therefore had no basis to continue the process.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Health and safety, Environment, Investment nexus, Parallel (legal) proceedings

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Netherlands
NCP address Den Haag, Netherlands
NCP website
Other NCPs involved



Company Information

Company responsible SHV Holdings NV
Company address Rijnkade 1
3511 LC Utrecht
Company website
Company in violation Makro Habib Pakistan Limited
Country of operations Pakistan
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

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Date Actor Action Description Document
1 February 2010 National Contact Point Netherlands statement The case was closed when the Netherlands NCP concluded that the investment nexus has ceased to exist and thus, it has found no basis to continue its mediation procedure. download pdf (156Kb)  
9 October 2008 Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment file Shehri CBE filed a complaint at the Dutch National Contact Point against SHV Holdings NV for violations of its joint-venture company MAKRO in Pakistan. The alleged violations include violations of land use, violations of construction codes and the creation of environmental and health hazards. download pdf (138Kb)  
1 October 2008 Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment campaign Shehri-CBE presented a summary of the case the the World Congress of the IUCN. download pdf (1977Kb)  

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