OrderPaperToday – A coalition of Civil Society Organisations from the United States of America has called for the removal of Exxon Mobil and Chevron from the International Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
This demand, according to the coalition, is premised on the violation of the EITI code of conduct.
The CSOs made their stance known in a statement released on Thursday and signed by representatives of the individual organizations.
The statement reads: “We are writing to draw your attention to actions by EITI Board members that we believe constitute violations of the EITI Code of Conduct and, as such, are grounds for their immediate removal from the Board.
“Specifically, we urge that the February EITI Board meeting include a discussion about the refusal of ExxonMobil and Chevron to disclose their tax payments through the term of implementation of the EITI Standard in the United States.
“We believe strongly that the refusal to engage in this most basic aspect of compliance with the EITI Standard constitutes a repeated and willful violation of the EITI Code of Conduct, the EITI Constituency Guidelines, the Terms of Reference of the now defunct USEITI MSG, and an act of bad faith that is counter to the spirit of the EITI movement itself.
“These actions not only contributed to the demise of the USEITI process, but damaged the credibility of the Standard and of the EITI both in practice and in the eyes of the global community.
“ExxonMobil and Chevron were members of the USEITI MSG from its creation in December 2011 to its disbandment in November 2017. Both companies are members of the EITI International Board’s industry constituency and have served in that role, with a few brief exceptions, since its creation in 2003.
“From its founding, the EITI and its Standard have required comprehensive disclosure of material payments from companies to governments, including taxes. In fact, no EITI implementation has ever excluded the disclosure of tax payments.”
Those who signed the statement include the following: Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and USEIT, Danielle Brian; Executive Director, Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN), USEITI CSO Representative, Betsy Taylor; Professor of Political Science, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USEITI, Michael Ross; and Executive Director, Pipeline Safety Coalition , Policy Analyst, United Steelworkers, Lynda K. Farrell.