Shell in the Niger Delta: A Framework for Change – five case-studies from civil society

Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility

ECCR’s most recent report documents, and provides an update on, the social and environmental impacts of the operations of Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), and explores what needs to change.

At the report’s core are five case studies commissioned from civil society organisations that work with Niger Delta communities. Questions that the report seeks to address include:

  • How far has life for local communities improved or worsened in recent years?
  • What measures do the Niger Delta’s people and civil society identify as priorities to be addressed and good practices to be followed?
  • What should faith- and values-based investors and others urge Shell and SPDC to do to improve matters?

Focused around the corporate duty to respect human rights – to ‘do no harm’ – the report’s concluding recommendations highlight the urgent need for

  • an end to gas flaring and provision of sustainable drinking water for communities
  • a major environmental audit and rehabilitation programme
  • replacement of ageing pipelines
  • continuous staff human rights training
  • effective social and environmental impact assessments
  • greater respect for principles of open dialogue and community consent
  • independent monitoring and effective grievance mechanisms
  • a participatory approach to community development
  • disaggregated revenue and expenditure transparency
  • linking senior staff remuneration to progress on human rights and environmental issues