The FT reports:
Royal Dutch Shell and the families of Ken Saro-Wiwa, an executed Nigerian opposition leader, and other activists hanged by the military government in 1995, on Monday agreed a $15.5m settlement in a New York court case stemming from allegations the oil group was complicit in the executions.
The settlement, in which Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary denied any liability, ended a 13-year campaign by relations and supporters of Saro-Wiwa to hold the company accountable.
I am delighted that this has happened.
I remain disappointed that Shell has not accepted liability.
But let’s move this on: the lesson is that Shell, and others in the Extractive Industries, must learn a lot, lot more about transparency and use that experience to relate much more realistically to civil society.
It is possible, but without local accountability these conflicts will happen.
Country-by-country reporting is, of course, part of this.