The infamous oil company Trafigura will not be prosecuted for dumping toxic waste in Ivory Coast. Greenpeace calls for political action and supports the initiative Rights for People, Rules for Business from the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and MVO Platform.
Greenpeace is disappointed: ‘Trafigura will not have to answer for endangering people and the environment in Africa. A real missed opportunity. And a dark day for the victims and the environment in Ivory Coast’, commented Marietta Harjono, Greenpeace’s chief campaigner against toxic substances.
So far, Trafigura has never had to answer to the courts in Ivory Coast nor to the Dutch Government due to a lack of evidence and the difficult circumstances. This case shows that serious environmental crimes committed by multinationals can go unpunished.
According to Greenpeace it is now time for the politicians and therefor supports the initiative ‘Rights for People, Rules for Business’ from the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and MVO Platform. This campaign advocates stricter regulations so that multinationals continue to be liable for the impact that they have on people and the environment worldwide.
Greenpeace calls on everyone to sign the petition addressed to European government leaders and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.