The Odoh Family & Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC)
Lead NCPNetherlands
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance alleging a non-observance of the OECD Guidelines.
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, General policies, Human rights, Environment
Date6 May 2021
Host country(ies)Nigeria
Industry sectorMining and quarrying
StatusIn progress

Read the Initial Statement published 10 February 2022: English

On 6 May 2021, the Odoh Family, based in Nigeria, submitted a specific instance to the Netherlands NCP alleging that the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC) had not observed the Concepts and Principles (Chapter I), General Policies (Chapter II), Human Rights (Chapter IV), and Environment (Chapter VI) provisions of the Guidelines. Specifically, issues raised concern the following allegations 1) the Company not acting in line with the local laws and regulations; 2) the acquisition of land and water without appropriate prior engagement with the owners, i.e. the Odoh family; 3) the denial of the right to own and use properties and 4) oil spillage on land and water which is used for livelihood purposes.

The parent company of SPDC moved from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom on 31 December 2021. The NCPs from the UK and the Netherlands agreed that the specific instance would be handled by the Netherlands NCP as the initial assessment took place at the time the parent company was still based in the Netherlands.

On 10 February 2022, the Netherlands NCP published an initial assessment deciding to accept the case for further consideration as the issues raised were material and substantiated and there is a link between the enteprise’s activities and the issues raised. The NCP has moved to offer good offices to the parties involved.