"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"
In 2011, Shell and Eni paid US$1.1bn for one of West Africa’s largest oil fields, situated off the coast of Nigeria. The payment was equivalent to 80% of Nigeria’s proposed 2015 health budget, but the money did not benefit the country’s citizens. Instead it went to a company called Malabu Oil and Gas, which was secretly owned by the former oil minister who had granted his company rights to the oil field in 1998. Like many others, this deal for a massive state asset was conducted behind closed doors, without the knowledge of the public or investors.
Shell and Eni denied paying anyone other than the Nigerian government but there is clear evidence that they knew their payment would be diverted into private pockets. By doing business with corrupt politicians, Shell and Eni exposed their shareholders to enormous risk. The case is currently under investigation by authorities in the UK, Italy and Nigeria and there is a real chance the companies will lose their rights to the block, which is a critical plank in their strategy to replenish their reserves.
The OPL 245 case provides a clear and compelling example of why laws mandating greater transparency over company ownership, and the payments companies make for oil, gas, and minerals, are needed. Laws requiring companies to disclose such payments already exist in draft form in the U.S., but Shell and other major oil firms including BP, Chevron and Exxon, are blocking their implementation. As OPL 245 shows, such obstructiveness goes against their own interests.
GIÀ SOTT'INCHIESTA PER LE ESTRAZIONI IN BASILICATA E PER UNA MEGA TANGENTE IN NIGERIA, ORA VUOLE AGGREDIRE IL MARE DEL MONTENEGRO DI FRONTE LA PUGLIA.
L'Eni continua a devastare i territori e a mettere in campo tutte le sue forze e la sua potenza per estrarre petrolio e gas anche in zone a forte rischio che andrebbero salvaguardate sul piano ambientale.
Questa volta il Cane a sei zampe è pronto a colpire il mare Adriatico dove ha ottenuto dal piccolo Montenegro quattro concessioni che interessano un'area di circa 1.200 chilometri quadrati di fronte le coste italiane di Monopoli e Brindisi.
In barba ai rischi ambientali per l'ecosistema marino, alla pesca e al turismo, alla cattiva qualità del petrolio che si dovrebbe estrarre, Eni è riuscito a piegare il piccolo Stato dell'ex Jugoslavia ed ha siglato un accordo di sfruttamento trentennale dei giacimenti in mare insieme alla multinazionale russa Novatek che deterrà il 50 per cento delle concessioni.
Il colosso petrolifero italiano pur di fare affari e di soddisfare gli appetiti dei suoi azionisti, compreso lo Stato italiano che detiene il 30 per cento delle quote, non si ferma davanti a niente e a nessuno.
Grazie alle sue commistioni e alle coperture politiche, ieri di Prodi e Berlusconi e oggi di Renzi, non si è fermato dopo l'inchiesta Trivellopoli sullo scempio delle estrazioni petrolifere in Basilicata e non ha battuto ciglio dopo lo scandalo in Nigeria per il quale sono indagati, tra gli altri, l’amministratore delegato Claudio Descalzi e il predecessore Paolo Scaroni (in ballo c'è una maxi tangente di circa due miliardi di dollari pagata dall’Eni, secondo l’accusa, per aggiudicarsi l’acquisto di un giacimento petrolifero nigeriano).
La sua forza economica, le sue campagne di comunicazione, le sue capacità di persuasione condizionano e travolgono tutti. Ancora di più incidono in piccole realtà come può essere il Montenegro con i suoi 670mila abitanti e una forte crisi economica e sociale.
Il recente via libera alle prospezioni su ben 35mila chilometri quadri, ovvero lungo tutto l’Adriatico italiano, insieme ai progetti di ricerca tra Montenegro e Albania, conferma che la corsa all’oro nero in Adriatico è ripartita.
L'Eni, infatti, vuole confermare la sua posizione in Adriatico, dove è leader dagli Anni 60, e vista la forte concorrenza mondiale accaparra tutto quello che può laddove la politica e le complicità glielo consentono.
Toccherebbe al governo italiano dare l'esempio e produrre un impegno per fermare l’estrazione di idrocarburi nel Mediterraneo, facendosi promotore anche nei confronti degli altri Paesi, ma sappiamo che l'attuale governo Renzi, dopo il varo della legge Sblocca Italia, è d'accordo con l'Eni e non lo farà mai.
Article by Piernicola Pedicini - Portavoce M5S al Parlamento Europeo
Senators linked to the "5Stelle" - movement led by Beppe Grillo - are trying to introduce in the Senate of Italy a "Parlamentary Commission of Inquiry" (PCI) to investigate the illegal and unethical practices of the most important italian company.
However, will the Italian Government, that is the largest shareholder of Eni, let the rots of the six-legged dog appear? Or will it prevent the PCI from happening?
The investigations conducted by Milan's Prosecution are advancing, and as new evidences appear complelling on the international corruption practiced by the executives of the italian energy giant, the market begins to make their bets on the future of the former and the current CEO of Eni.
For many experts and journalists, Paolo Scaroni will be arrested on the next 12th day, when he will be interrogated by Milan's Prosecuters, and Claudio Descalzi is about to renounce his position, leaving the cockpit of Eni after completing one year in his position.
If this dark, but realistic predictions are confirmed, the Board of Eni will have to justify the market, because the company's highest authority, the Corporate Governance, Eni's Guardians of Ethics, keep saying their executives' management are, immaculately, ethic. Is it? Only time will say!
In 2015, Italy's main company completed 62 years of foundation. Howerer, Eni reacaed the old age forgetting the principles and values that guided the responsable entrepreneurship of the viosionary Enrico Mattei.
The Italian giant Eni has a lot of character deviation. Check it out:
•The executives, including and especially the CEO, don't respect and don't comply with the words and spirit of Eni's Code of Ethics.
•Systematically, Eni contaminates and pollutes the environmet, and with the same habituation, pays bribes in several parts of the world, which is a fact proven by the investigations on "international corruption" in Italy, England and african countries.
•Without mercy and with cruelty, Eni kills its "whistleblowers" destroying their professional careers..
•The Board doesn't fulfill its primary role, which is, to ensure the "Corporate Governance", even less is the "Guardian of Ethics" in the company. Actually, Eni's Board, besides being a figurehead, frightened by the largest Shareholder, only exists to fulfill the legal requirements and, especially for "shareholders to see"!
The Eni's Way Blog have something to say to you: Eni, there's still time to change. Run, Eni... Run! Before it is too late, because your fall and destruction is imminent!
Are you doubting it? Time will prove! The market and the Stakeholders are relentless with "unethical companies"!
Every year the “whistleblower” gains more importance in the context of corporate reputatuion and business continuity. The expression doesn’t bring anymore something pejorative and the complaint is no longer labeled as a “stool pigeon”. Now the whistleblower has a more noble, laudable and exemplary function: to preserve the name, image, reputation and patrimony of the companies! On the other hand, all of the Stakeholders should pay more attention on the retaliations against those who were motivated by the companies, encouraged and protected by the Code of Ethics to present some kind of concern or even complaint.
Paradoxally, it must not be allowed to the companies to kill their own whistleblower! It is not today that the companies kill the whistleblowers. The most famous cases – which including have been a cover of the renowned US magazine "Time" in the special issue "Persons of the Year" - are the WorldCom (Ms. Cynthia Cooper), FBI (Ms. Coleen Rowley) and Enron (Ms. Sherron Watkins)
Undoubtedly, many people in the four corners of the planet, when they face misconduct and disconformities according to the Code of Ethics of their companies, they keep silent for fear of suffering some type of retaliation. Many others are victims of their own denunciations, however for fear of jeopardizing their professional careers they don’t take the case any further. Instead, they get a new job and continue with their lives.
In 2001, when he was an executive, in compliance with the Code of Ethics, he made a complaint of a millionaire internal fraud scheme to the presidente of the brazilian subsidiary of the italian giant Eni. Weeks later he is fired! Then, Mr. Flinto invoked the Ethics Comitte that didn’t take any action. After, he wrote to the Board of Directors. After all, the Board is the highest authority in a company... The Board is the personification of the “Corporate Governance”... The Board is the "boss" of executives, including the CEO... The Board is responsible for the zeal of the Code of Ethics... And above all, the Board is the "Guardian of Ethics".
But no! After killing the whistleblower in Brazil, Eni tries to kill the whistleblower in Italy through a “Frivolous Lawsuit” demanding the courts of Rome a compensation of $ 40 million for slander and for libel. Not only that, company destroyed the working lives and the retirement of the Mr. Flinto.
Require from the Eni's Board of Directors comply with the words and spirit of its own Code of Ethics and so rescue and restore the name, image, reputation and honor of Mr. Flinto it is the “right and ethical thing” to do.
The struggle of Mr. Flinto against this giant Italian company with global operations can serve as inspiration and motivation for thousands of people worldwide. Besides, this case will be an example for those companies who hide in the drawers their Code of Ethics and only make use of it when they are interested. Companies like that use Ethics only as a “marketing tool”, but fortunately, the market and the Stakeholders will be ruthless and will shut the doors to companies who shows unethical business practices.
“I am here to talk about something that nobody can deny any longer: For many years now, ENI has created a corrupting system with world-wide reach. This criminal activity is supported in three ways:
It’s true corruption activity. It’s thus natural to call to mind the criminal investigations. The system of international corruption created by ENI outwith the borders of Italy, and especially in the African continent, is now in full view of everyone, even the magistrates. ENI is accused of offering bribes in these two situations:
- in Algeria to win a contract for the construction of gas pipelines (and here we’re talking of kickbacks amounting to 200 million with contracts worth 8 billion);
- in Nigeria for the ten-year concession to search for oil off the Nigerian coast (and the magistrates are talking about 215 millions in kickbacks where the concessions are valued at 1.9 billion).
A system of corruption that feeds off the connivance of most of the top managers in the company, as I’ll discuss. With a mixture of a complex system of blackmailing (the threat of losing one’s job) and the abuse of power exercised by the managers in relation to the employees, a system of collusion has been kept in existence, a system that has its roots deeply established in the company, a system that is not visible to ordinary citizens, in spite of the fact that Saipem, at least formally, is a subsidiary of a company that is still in public hands.
Second: THE GOVERNMENT
In fact, for years, ENI has been building the foreign policy of the right-wing, left-wing and centre governments, on the system of international corruption. That is also true for this current government, but I wouldn’t know how to classify it. The Government is the majority shareholder in ENI with 30% of its shares. It owns these via the Ministry of Economics and Finance, and the Italian bank called “ Cassa Depositi e Prestiti”. However it pretends not to know what’s happening under its very nose.
The support given by the government to these criminal practices is evident if one looks at the people who are appointed to the senior management positions in ENI and in its subsidiaries. All these people have political experience and many are known to the prosecutors. The latest is the appointment of the new managing director of ENI chosen by Renzi: Claudio Descalzi. When he was Deputy Director General of ENI, this same Descalzi was involved in the long-running investigation into what happened in Kazakhstan as well as in another investigation into what happened in Nigeria, And just think that it would be enough to insert an appropriate clause into the statutes of any company having State participation and quoted on the Stock Exchange. The clause should set out a requirement for being honourable and it should specify in what conditions someone is not eligible for office or is obliged to step down if holding office. This clause should relate to anyone who is a member of the Board of Directors. This is what the M5S has asked for in parliament on a number of occasions. But the Government prefers to pretend to fight corruption and to rip the heart out of the public companies so that it can then sell them off to private companies and especially to foreign companies. It’ll get there very shortly.
Third: AFRICAN COUNTRIES
And Italy is losing services, products, wealth and employment! The time has come for ENI, and I came here to tell everyone, including the small shareholders, what has become of this company that was founded by Enrico Mattei.
In the next few days, the M5S will call for a Parliamentary commission of enquiry about ENI".
What does Eni have to say? Deceits, lies and hypocrisies!
The speech of Mr. Beppe Grillo is in full (only in Italian). Acess here.
The six-legged dog is an Official Partner for Sustainability Initiatives in African Countries at Expo2015. With one paw Eni sponsors the huge event and with the other five destroy Niger Delta in Africa.
This is incoherent and absoluty hypocrite!This is Eni's Way!
An executive, in compliance with the Code of Ethics, makes a complaint to the presidente of the subsidiary of your company. Weeks later he is fired! Then, the whistleblower invokes the Ethics Comitte that does not take any action. After, he writes to the members of the Board.
Why the directors of the Board ceases to fulfill its main obligation? Ensure the Corporate Governance, fulfill the words and the spirit of the Code of Ethics and investigate the serious complaints of a whistleblower. Instead, they agree on suing (Frivolous Lawsuits) the whistleblower, denigrating even more their name, honor and reputation. Not only that, this company destroyed the working lives and the retirement of the whistleblower.
What if it was in your company?
This is Eni's Way... At Eni, the Board of Directors is only meant for Shareholders to see!
Learn more about this fight of the whistleblower against the six-legged dog in this "MEMORIAL" and also in this blog .
The fight of David against the giant continues (Is 47).
Many are the points in common between the Italian Eni and the Brazilian Petrobras.
The Blog Eni's Way will highlight some:
1) Both are the largest companies in their countries; 2) The Italian and Brazilian government are the main shareholders in each of them; 3) Most Directors of the Board are indicated by the government, ie, "politically indicated"; 4) The CEOs are placed in their functions indicated by the Prime Minister, in the case of Italy, and by the President of the Republic, in the case of Brazil; 5) The companies management is far from being "independent" as it happens in the private companies. The governments have a complete interference.
However, Eni and Petrobras are different in two things, nowadays:
a) The former CEO and current CEO of Petrobras are not is not being investigated by the Public Ministry for paying bribes in other countries ("International Corruption"); a) Many executives in Petrobras received billions of dollars in bribes of 1% to 3% from contracts to provide services with the suppliers. These executives enriched illegally and also diverted millions of dollars from safes of various political parties that support the Brazilian government, including and especially the President's political party. Moreover, an Eni's subsidiary, that operates in Brazil, was mentioned by a payer of bribes to Petrobras in the statements made by Brazil's Federal Police.
Now, the Blog Eni's Way asks:
If there is an investigation into the contracts with Eni's suppliers, will the differences with Petrobras become another common point between the two companies?