Case Study : Royal Dutch Shell

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Esther Henchmen is a PhD student at EASED Business School – Universi dad de Ramon Lull, Barcelona. She has participated in non-governmental organizations including UNICEF, World Bank and Oxfam Intermon. This has led her in expertise about development management and human rights. Dealing with issues such as the involvement of corporations in major environmental disasters such the oil spill that occurred in Niger delta by shell. Her title “Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria: Where Do Responsibilities End?” explains the problem of fractured responsibility coupled with harm produced by collective action. Her journal focuses on the cause, integrity and reputation of the perpetrators involved in the ongoing Niger Delta oil spill. She discusses the dispute over the corporate social responsibility, malpractices and legal preceding of its operating licensure. Since corporations are artificial persons in the law, it is difficult to isolate perpetrators based on causality in fact it’s not realistic, so they could be sued for failing to meet standard of care.
It is estimated that more than 2 million barrels of oil a day are extracted in the Niger delta, making Nigeria the biggest West Africa’s producer of petroleum. Its first operations begun in 1950s and were carried out by multinational corporations. The biggest gas flaring company was Shell Petroleum Development company of Nigeria Ltd, of which many of its shareholders were the Royal Dutch from Britain. Despite of legal regulation
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