"I make Malala's words my own: 'I tell my story not because it is unique but because it is not" and I hope my story can be served as an example, motivation and inspiration to other whistleblowers who are being silenced and their careers and reputations buried around the world by companies that don’t respect their codes of ethics, by employees and executives who steal corporate coffers and the board that pretends nothing happens"
The ex-CEO of the biggest Italian company, Paolo Scaroni, is back! However, he is back on the news in the event of "international corruption" involving the payment of bribes in Argelia by Saipem, a company controlled by Eni SpA.
The prosecution of Milan says they have strong evidences that part of the money paid as a bride, ended up in bank accounts of relatives of Eni's ex-number #1.
Amazingly, the major Italian newspapers didn't report more of this unfortunate episode involving Eni's management. Does anyone make a guess?
The former CEO of the six-legged dog defends himself: "not have any illegal money in the "Paolo Scaroni Trust"... Time will tell!
This Sunday (9/21), Eni's CEO vented in the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica", in an interview with Gad Lerner, to try and rescue his name, honor, image and reputation in the episode involving OPL 245, in Nigeria.
Claudio Descalzi "screans to the world" that he "isn't a dishonest man" and that he "can't sleep at night".
Eni's CEO is suffering what one of the company's ex-employee is suffering for 13 long years!!!
If Descalzi, indeed, is a honest man, a worthy man, a honored man and a man of character, he will examine, in every detail, the story of Douglas Flinto, fired in 2001, after reporting to the presidency of Agip Brasil, corruption and internal fraud, complying with Eni's Code of Ethics.
Eni killed the whistleblower in Brazil and is trying to do the same in Italy, suing this ex-employee for slander and defamation, and demanding €30 millions (?!?!).
If Descalzi is a honest man, he will make Eni rescue and restore the name, the honor, the reputation and the dignity of Douglas Flinto.
The story as it unfolded in the Italian press was worthy of a Hollywood film script. A Nigerian oil minister who awarded an oil field to himself, cashing it in for $1.1 billion when it was sold to Eni and Shell. Nigerian and Russian middlemen fighting over their spoils in the UK and US courts. Empty shell companies that appear to exist only on paper. Cash to the value of $190 million (held by the minister’s company and a middleman) being frozen in the UK and Switzerland by an Italian prosecutor. Wire-tapped telephone conversations. Valiant Western NGOs exposing the alleged corruption.
Told as a Hollywood story of Westerners uncovering bribes allegedly being paid to corrupt Nigerians, some unpalatable elements of this story get lost.
For this is not just a story about corrupt Nigerians. The allegation has also been made by the Italian prosecutors and in the UK High Court that Eni officials attempted to arrange kickbacks from the deal. Not that you would know this from the bulk of the press reports and public reactions. It should be noted that this allegation has been denied by Eni, who were not part of the UK High Court proceedings. In those proceedings, the allegation was emphatically rejected by the judge for lack of evidence and the unreliability of the source. See Eni’s statement and its responses to allegations in more detail which it gave in writing at its AGM, both are available on its website.
It does not fit with the lazily racist line (repeated by internet trolls and mainstream commentators alike) that Western companies are only tainted by corruption because they are forced to pay bribes by corrupt Africans, Asians and Latin Americans.
Nor is this a story that is just about Europeans moving to prevent corruption, though prosecutors have finally acted by freezing funds. But this is a story about Western courts holding their noses whilst presiding over disputes between the would-be beneficiaries of what are clearly tainted deals. A story about Western financial institutions enabling the transfer of corruptly-obtained funds. This is a story about Westerners, notably companies such as Shell, moving heaven and earth to try to dismantle legislation that would make corruption harder by forcing companies to disclose their payments to governments. You wouldn’t know any of this from the press coverage.
And it is not a story that is just about Western campaign groups exposing corruption. It is also a story (covered nowhere in the press) of Nigerian anti-corruption activists demanding, often at great personal risk, that politicians and corporations profiting corruptly from Nigeria be held to account – and that the West must address its own role in facilitating and, yes, promoting corruption in Nigeria and elsewhere.
It was a Nigerian activist, Dotun Oloko, who, along with us, pressed for the case to be investigated in Italy and the UK. And the existence of the UK investigation into the Eni-Shell oil deal only came to light when Nigerian groups protested outside the UK High Commission in Nigeria.
Nobody, least of all Nigerian activists, disputes that Nigeria is now a kleptocracy. But it is a kleptocracy fuelled directly by the activities of foreign companies and officials. Indeed, it thrives primarily in those sectors of the economy where multinationals are most prevalent. And it relies on the most important actors and actions in corruption stories being omitted.
It is time for the airbrushing to stop. Time for the Italian public to build an anti-corruption politics that insists on looking in the mirror.
Last week, the Public Ministry
(PM) put the new CEO of the largest Italian company holding hands with his
predecessor. The reason? The supposed bribe payments in Nigeria that may
characterize the crime of "international corruption", something abominable
by the SEC in the USA.
The PM also investigates whether
these managers of Eni have pocketed part of the big money, featuring fraud,
unjust enrichment and noncompliance to standards of conduct described in the
company's Code of Ethics.
This unfortunate situation has
placed (once again) in doubt the conduct of the executives of Eni and evidenced
the inertia of the Board of the company that appears to have a total lack of
independence of the Major Shareholder: the government of Italy.
To defend himself from the
accusations and prevent further damage to his reputation, Claudio Descalzi
wrote a letter to all his subordinates scattered to the four corners of the
planet. This letter was published in the Italian site "La Mescolanza"
on October 16.
The most striking things in this
letter from the CEO of Eni are two phrases:
. We operate correctly and
ethically as we always do
. No one knows how we operate at
Eni better than you
But if these affirmations were
true, the stories of former employees would be very different! Douglas Flinto
and Gianni Franzoni wouldn’t have their lives destroyed by Eni after
being unfairly dismissed in retaliation for having reported, to the internal
channels of the company, unethical acts of Eni’s managers.
The investigations in Italy and
London will continue and time will tell whether the acts of the executives of
Eni were based on honesty, integrity of conduct and in the words and spirit of
the Eni’s Code of Ethics. Otherwise, they may cause a fatal indigestion in the
Eni is a shame to Italy just like Petrobras is to Brazil: political interference in the management, corruption and bribery, internal fraud and unjust enrichment, and the Corporate Governance exists only to fulfill International Standards, because the members of the Board don’t control, don’t investigate and don’t dismiss the bad managers.
These companies, besides not comply the words and the spirit of its own Code of Ethics, are not part of the "World Business Ethics".
Bribes, Favors, and a Billion-Dollar Yacht: Inside the Crazy World of the Men Who Do Oil Companies' Dirty Work
When big oil companies like Exxon-Mobil and Chevron set their sights on a prime new oil reserve in Africa, Asia, or the Middle East, the first phone call they make usually isn't to the government office putting it up for sale. Instead, they ring up one of their contacts in a small, elite group of so-called "FIXERS", a shady cabal of a few dozen well-connected billionaires who hold the strings on the market for the world's most valuable commodity. The fixer gets a fat fee and a straightforward assignment: Do whatever you need to do to get us those oil rights.
Unlike the US, where oil rights are held by individual property owners and leased to mining companies, in most developing nations oil rights are held by the government, and getting them means having a personal relationship with the right ministers—and knowing how to grease their palms. Since the mid-1900s, oil companies have relied on fixers to do their dirty work, crisscrossing the globe with a Rolodex stacked with the calling cards of corrupt heads of state. In the end, we get cheap oil, oil companies get plausible deniability, and the leaders of some of the world's most oppressive regimes get astronomically rich.
Ken Silverstein is a veteran journalist who has spent the last several years finagling his way into the traditionally hyper-reclusive world of oil fixers, gaining unprecedented access to many key players and amassing a portfolio of outrageous tales of bribery, exploitation, and obscene wealth. His book, The Secret World of Oil, hit shelves in May 2014.
Italian prosecutors are investigating the chief executive of
oil and gas company Eni, Claudio Descalzi, over the suspected payment of bribes
to secure an oil contract in Nigeria, a report said on Thursday (September 11, 2014)
The Corriere della Sera newspaper said the state-controlled energy giant is suspected of having paid 190 million dollars to an intermediary linked to former Nigerian Oil Minister Dan Ete to secure extraction rights over the Opl 245 oil block.
Eni was not immediately available for comment, but the newspaper report said the company had previously denied any wrongdoing in the Nigeria deal.
At the time of the deal, in 2011, Descalzi was head of Eni's Oil division. He was promoted to chief executive in April, replacing Paolo Scaroni, who is also being probed over allegations of international corruption.
Corriere della Sera said that acting on a request from prosecutors in Milan, a court in Britain had frozen two bank accounts worth 110 and 80 million dollars respectively, belonging to the Nigerian intermediary who allegedly received the bribes.
On the Milan stock exchange on Thursday, company shares were down by more than 1%, the worst performance of the day.
. Eni is committed to actively contribute to promoting the quality of life, the socio-economic development of the communities where Eni operates and to the development of their human resources and capabilities, while conducting its business activities according to standards that are compatible with fair commercial practices.
. Eni’s activities are carried out in the awareness of the social responsibility that Eni has towards all of its Stakeholders and in particular the local communities in which it operates, in the belief that the capacity for dialogue and interaction with civil society constitutes an important asset for the company. Eni respects the cultural, economic and social rights of the local communities in which it operates and undertakes to contribute, as far as possible, to their exercise, with particular reference to the right to adequate nutrition, drinking water, the highest achievable level of physical and mental health, decent dwellings, education, abstaining from actions that may hinder or prevent the exercise of such rights.
. Eni promotes transparency of the information addressed to local communities, with particular reference to the topics that they are most interested in. Forms of continuous and informed consultancy are either promoted, through the relevant Eni structures, in order to take into due consideration the legitimate expectations of local communities in conceiving and conducting corporate activities and in order to promote a proper redistribution of the profits deriving from such activities.
. Eni, therefore, undertakes to promote the knowledge of its corporate values and principles, at every level of its organization, also through adequate control procedures, and to protect the rights of local communities, with particular reference to their culture, institutions, ties and life styles.
. Within the framework of their respective responsibilities, Eni’s People are required to participate in the definition of single initiatives in compliance with Eni’s policies and intervention programs, to implement them according to criteria of absolute transparency and support them as an integral part of Eni’s objectives.
Health, safety, environment and public safety protection
. Eni’s activities shall be carried out in compliance with applicable worker health and safety, environmental and public safety protection agreements, international standards and laws, regulations, administrative practices and national policies of the Countries where it operates
. Eni actively contributes as appropriate to the promotion of scientific and technological development aimed at protecting the environment and natural resources. The operative management of such activities shall be carried out according to advanced criteria for the protection of the environment and energy efficiency, with the aim of creating better working conditions and protecting the health and safety of employees as well as the environment.
. Eni’s People shall, within their areas of responsibility, actively participate in the process of risk prevention as well as environmental, public safety and health protection for themselves, their colleagues and third parties.
However, Eni is systematically degrading the environment, contaminating the water, soil and air in various Italian cities, and causing diseases (and deaths) in the population, including defenseless children.
In the USA there is exemplary punishment for companies. The government is strict and SEC is active, and both are feared by companies... In Italy is quite different!!!
And that's the reason why Eni SpA is not afraid of anything!!!
New York (AFP) - September 2, 2014 - Oil services company Halliburton said Tuesday it would pay a $1.1 billion settlement over its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig blowout that led to the United States' most disastrous oil spill.
Halliburton said the money would be paid to the Gulf fishing industry and other victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, including some claims made in suits against oil giant BP.
Under contract with BP, Halliburton constructed the cement casing of the offshore deepwater Macondo well that blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 people.
The blast sank the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and sent millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico over 78 days, soaking shores in several states, killing wildlife, and shutting down the fishing industry on much of the US gulf coast.
In 2013 Halliburton was fined for destroying evidence relating to the accident.
BP has been fined tens of billions of dollars for the oil spill, and Halliburton said some of the fine announced Tuesday was its share of the nearly $8 billion April 2012 settlement BP made with class-action plaintiffs.
Another portion was punitive damages against Halliburton, mainly from the gulf coast fishing industry.
Halliburton, based in Dubai and Houston, said it has already set aside $1.3 billion to cover potential damages in the case.