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Greenpeace vs. TotalFinaElf

Case overview

Date filed 10 April 2002
Current status Rejected
Issue TotalFinaElf’s oil supply from Russia
Summary of the case The complaint alleges TotalFinaElf and its Russian suppliers have committed environmental crimes. The complainants maintain that oil production in Russia violates German water pollution laws. By sourcing from Russian suppliers, TotalFinaElf is complicit the environmental destruction.

Greenpeace contends that TotalFinaElf’s headquarters in Berlin is at fault, because it makes the business decisions. In addition, Russian crude is delivered to the Leuna refinery in Germany.

The complaint also asks the German NCP to investigate leaking oil pipelines and the clean up of the tundra and taiga in Siberia, which is contaminated with oil.

Developments/Outcome Although the NCP held several meetings Greenpeace and TotalFinaElf, the case was rejected in May 2003 due to the lack of an investment nexus.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Supply chain, Extractives / mining sector, Human rights, Environment, Energy sector, Investment nexus, Disclosure of information

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Germany
NCP address Scharnhorststrasse 34-37 10115 Berlin, Germany
NCP website
Other NCPs involved



Company Information

Company responsible Total Fina Elf GmbH
Company address Schützenstraße 25
10117 Berlin
Company website
Company in violation Total Fina Elf GmbH
Country of operations Rusian Federation
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

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Date Actor Action Description Document
1 October 2004 Greenpeace Germany meeting Presentation given on the case. download pdf (8934Kb)  
1 May 2003 National Contact Point Germany statement The NCP’s Annual Report states that one case was not accepted as there is no "investment nexus".  
11 April 2002 Greenpeace Germany press release Press release regarding the complaint and criminal lawsuit.  
11 April 2002 Total Fina Elf GmbH press release Response from TotalFinaElf denying the allegations.  
10 April 2002 Greenpeace Germany file Complaint filed with the German NCP.  
29 January 2002 Greenpeace Germany legal complaint Greenpeace files a criminal lawsuit against TotalFinaElf.  

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