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Shell, Cosan and Slavery



I recently read about Royal Dutch Shell and Cosan forming a jointly owned corporation to produce ethanol in Brazil. We all know how Shell treats the Nigerians, and how they have treated the Brazilians from previous revelations about their ‘drins’ production facilities.

Now RD Shell appears to be sleeping with the devil again. Cosan is a corporation that allegedly has a nasty reputation for engaging in human slavery to cut ethanol and sugar production costs. Apparently, RD Shell management’s lust for profits know no bounds (see attached links).

Anything goes as long as it is profitable.

Walmart Won’t Buy Cosan Sugar Amid Slavery Blacklist (Update2)

Cosan Falls on Slavery Charges; BNDES Pulls Loans (Update3)

Cosan loses BNDES financing after slave work scandal, Brazil, Oil …

The Hand That Feeds U.S. – Exposing Brazil’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’

Anti-Slavery – 030210 Shell makes deal with Cosan in Brazil …

Once again RD Shell has revealed its true attitude towards peoples in the so-called ‘3rd world’. And once again they are apparently willing to use slave labor, as they did in their facilities in Germany during the days of the Third Reich. Attitudes at RD Shell have apparently changed little over the years. What is new in their business practices after the shame of the reserves scandal is actually a page from the past and the days of Deterding and his unsavory buddies in the Third Reich.

You gotta love these guys at Royal Dutch Shell. They are consistently reprehensible in their business practices, if nothing else. RD Shell is indeed ‘A company you can count on’. Shell Uber Alles.


Royal Dutch Shell Reports Strong Earnings for Fourth Quarter: NOVEMBER 2010

(EXTRACT: Mr. Voser said he expects total investments of as much as $27 billion this year, including $1.6 billion for a biofuels joint venture in Brazil with Cosan, a Brazilian company that harvests and processes sugar cane.)

Cosan, Shell sign binding deal on ethanol venture: August 2010

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell and Brazilian sugar and ethanol giant Cosan signed on Wednesday a binding agreement to create a global ethanol business, looking to benefit from growing demand for biofuels.

The joint venture, with estimated annual sales of $21 billion, was modified since its initial announcement in February to include all of Cosan’s energy generation business and 500 million reais ($283.6 million) in debt owed to Brazilian development bank BNDES.

Cosan, the world’s largest sugar and ethanol producer, also said in a securities filing that the initial accord was changed to make the venture a global biofuels provider. As a result of that, Cosan and Shell are barred from competing with the new entity.

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