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German NGO vs. German-owned multinational company

Case overview

Date filed 16 December 2002
Current status Rejected
Issue Alleged environment violation in Russia
Summary of the case In December 2002 the German NCP received a request for review from an NGO alleging that a German-owned multinational company had breached the environment provisions of the Guidelines in connection with the extraction and transport of oil from Russian oil fields.

The NGOs argued that the German management board – despite its business relations with Russian oil companies and despite long-term supply contracts – was ignoring the conditions under which oil was being extracted in western Siberia.
Developments/Outcome The NCP had doubts as to whether the Guidelines applied to this case, because the allegations involved trade relations only. The NCP submitted this question to the OECD Investment Committee, which is competent for such matters; it also attempted simultaneously to obtain support with regard to the questions raised in the complaint and arranged talks. The Investment Committee’s deliberations on the issues of “investment nexus” and “supply chain” gave the NCP no cause to affirm that the Guidelines were applicable to this case, which the NCP pointed out in its letter to the NGOs of 16 July 2004.


Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Environment

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Germany
NCP address Scharnhorststrasse 34-37 10115 Berlin, Germany
NCP website www.bmwi.de/go/nationale-kontaktstelle
Other NCPs involved

Complainant

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible German-owned multinational company
Company address
Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations Rusian Federation
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
16 July 2004 National Contact Point Germany reject The Investment Committee’s deliberations on the issues of “investment nexus” and “supply chain” gave the NCP no cause to affirm that the Guidelines were applicable to this case, which the NCP pointed out in its letter to the NGOs of 16 July 2004.  

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