Royal Dutch Shell: Settlement for land and water contamination in Brazil

The Brazilian Ministry of Labour and several workers´ associations filed a lawsuit against Shell Brazil and BASF in 2007. The plaintiffs alleged that Shell and BASF were responsible for a spike in cancer rates among workers employed at, and residents living near the companies´ pesticide plant. Workers and residents suffered from increased rates of cancers and other severe health problems due to land and groundwater contamination around the plant. After 6 years of litigations, Shell and BASF were found guilty [1] and ordered to pay the medical fees of all of its former employees and their families. The parties agreed on a final settlement of about €240 million in March 2013.

 

[1] Business and Human Rights: Case profile: Shell/BASF lawsuit (re Brazil).

Case location
Paulinia - São Paulo, Brazil
Brazil


Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
  • Environmental and Climate protection
Affected norms and standards
Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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