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FNI Debates Statoil's Engagement in Africa

Doing Good by Doing Well? Statoil in Sub-Saharan Africa.(14.05.2013) Yesterday, the report Doing Good by Doing Well? Statoil in Sub-Saharan Africa was launched at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. The report, commissioned by the Norwegian Church Aid, has been written by FNI researchers Pål Wilter Skedsmo, Heidi Bade and Leiv Lunde.

The report focuses on Statoil's operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular Angola, Tanzania and Mozambique. The report covers
(1) how Statoil understands its wider role and impact in the societies where it operates;
(2) how Statoil develops this by means of its CSR practices; and
(3) how much revenues Statoil generates to the benefit of the countries in question.

The event was initiated with a presentation of the report by Pål Wilter Skedsmo highlighting key findings. Then director Leiv Lunde joined a debate focusing on the challenges facing Statoil in Angola. The panel discussed important and challenging questions: How can Statoil ensure that the revenues paid to the Angolan state do not end up in corruption, and how big of a responsibility can and should Statoil take? What does zero-tolerance for corruption mean in a country ranking 157 on Transparency International's corruption perception index?


FNI director Leiv Lunde (2nd from right) in a panel with international media advisor in Statoil Bård Glad Pedersen, political advisor in the Department for Oil and Energy Svein Sundsbø, Conservative Party representative Nikolai Astrup, and General Secretar
FNI director Leiv Lunde (2nd from right) in a panel with international media advisor in Statoil Bård Glad Pedersen, political advisor in the Department for Oil and Energy Svein Sundsbø, Conservative Party representative Nikolai Astrup, and General Secretary of the Norwegian Church Aid Anne-Marie Helland.

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Further information:

   Download the report

   Media coverage:
'Statoil: Vi kan ikke ta over et politisk ansvar' ('Statoil: We Cannot Take Over Political Responsabilities'), Petro.no, 21.05.2013. In Norwegian.

'Norsk næringsliv i Afrika (CSR)' ('Norwegian Business in Africa (CSR)'), global.no, 16.05.2013. In Norwegian.

'KN: Statoil må gjøre mer for folket' ('Norwegian Church Aid: Statoil Must Do More for the People'), Bistandsaktuelt, 13.05.2013. In Norwegian.
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