BASF, Ikea tax dodging


This 2911 video is called Stop BASF GMO contamination – English.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The German chemicals corporation BASF has dodged taxes for hundreds of millions of euros. This writes the Green Group in the European Parliament in a report. BASF, eg, have set up subsidiaries in the Netherlands in order to minimize their tax burden. …

Earlier this year the European Greens published a report on tax evasion by Ikea.

See also here.

Shell, BASF convicted for pollution


Shell in Brazil, cartoon

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Firms told to shell out for workers’ fund

Tuesday 03 July 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Oil giant Shell and the world’s largest chemical company BASF must pay $382 million (£243m) into a compensation fund for over 1,000 workers, a Brazilian judge has ruled.

Workers claim that they were contaminated by an agricultural chemical plant which operated from 1977 until it was closed in 2002.

Shell originally owned it but sold the operation to American Cyanamid in 1995, which was bought by BASF in 2000; they took over the plant in Paulinia.

In its 2011 annual report, BASF acknowledged the site was “significantly contaminated by the production of crop protection products.”

But it denies responsibility, claiming that the site was contaminated before it bought the plant. Last year, BASF filed a lawsuit in Brazil asking a court to hold Shell fully responsible for any damages.

BASF said on Monday it would appeal against the ruling by judge Maria Ines Correa Targa and Shell said it would abide by the decision pending a higher court’s ruling on the workers’ class-action lawsuit.

Prosecutors said that any money actually paid into the fund would be frozen until the workers’ damage suit is finalised – but they wanted it in the fund as a guarantee.

BASF and Shell were earlier ordered to make payments by two courts but the companies forced the case to appeal in a higher court.

Targa said in her ruling on Thursday that Shell and BASF had engaged in “reprehensible conduct” seeking to “circumvent their obligation.”

Prosecutors have said that former workers at the plant and people who live near it have many health problems, including prostate cancer, problems with short-term memory and issues with their thyroid glands.

At least 61 former workers at the plant have died in recent years.

Others have seen various health issues arise in children born since they worked at the site.

The class-action lawsuit before the court in Brasilia includes 782 former workers but the judges separate ruling on the compensation fund payment is for 1,142 people, including outsourced workers who are ill along with the children of former workers at the plant.

The Chinese city of Sifuang said today that it has scrapped plans for a copper plant after thousands of people protested about the project’s possible public health risks: here.

A group of 30 fishermen from China has sued ConocoPhillips in a US court over two oil spills from the company’s offshore drilling operations in north-eastern China last year: here.

US regulators proposed a $3.7 million (£2.36m) fine today against the Canadian owner of a pipeline that ruptured in 2010, dumping more than 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo river: here.

Shell, BASF make Brazilian workers sick


This 7 March 2017 video is about Brazilian workers demonstrating at a court case about health hazards caused by Shell and BASF.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Brazilian pesticide workers fight for damages

Thursday 31 May 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Brazilian prosecutors asked a court on Wednesday to force oil firm Shell and the world’s largest chemical company BASF to fork out £320 million to hundreds of people allegedly made sick by working at a pesticide factory.

Workers employed at the facility in Paulinia from 1977 to 2002 were exposed to substances such as aldrin, endrin and dieldrin, which can cause cancer and other diseases.

Many have suffered from severe health problems since, including prostate cancer, problems with short-term memory and issues with their thyroid gland.

At least 61 former workers at the plant have died in recent years. Others have seen various health issues arise in children born since they worked at the site.

“We have a set of technical reports that confirm that the soil is totally contaminated, the water is totally contaminated and that workers were massively exposed to toxic chemicals,” said prosecution spokesman Rafael Almeida.

“We’ve got sick people who urgently need the payment now because they’re dying. Delaying the payment further is simply wrong.”

Mr Almeida said prosecutors are now asking that Shell Brasil SA and BASF SA pay the money into an account so that it can immediately be available once a higher court in Brasilia rules on the case.

In its 2011 annual report, BASF SE, the German partner of BASF SA, acknowledged that the site was “significantly contaminated by the production of crop protection products.”

BASF claims the site was contaminated before it bought the plant. The company filed a lawsuit in Brazil last year asking a court to hold Shell fully responsible for any damages. BASF said the companies are still wrangling among themselves over the payments.

Shell said in a statement that it had not been notified about the new action by prosecutors, but complained that the measure had been taken before a final ruling on the lawsuit seeking damages.

The class action lawsuit against Shell and BASF includes 782 former workers.

Mr Almeida said prosecutors want to include 360 more people – including the ill children of former workers and people who worked at the site, but were not directly employed by either company.

Monsanto Faces $7.5 Billion Payout to Brazilian Farmers: here.