OECD decision against Soco
Virunga activists have reported threats, intimidation and unlawful detention.
Allegations of human rights violations and breaching of environmental protection by UK oil exploration company Soco International PLC relating to its work in Virunga, a World Heritage Site in Central Africa, are being investigated by an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) agency. Announced in February, this follows a complaint from WWF that Soco has breached OECD global corporate responsibility standards. Alleged violations include intimidation, threats and unlawful detention of local activists, and withholding information on environmental risk from communities likely to be impacted by Soco’s activities.The OECD’s guidelines complaint mechanism is a transparent process to hold multinational corporations accountable for meeting their obligations.
Original article posted: 14.02.14 Updated: 08.04.14