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Corporate Sustainability: Shell in Row Over Brazilian Indian Land Grab

Brazilian authorities express concern over Shell’s new JV partner, which is producing biofuels from land taken from an impoverished Indian tribe.

Last month, Shell signed a $ 12 billion deal to produce biofuels from sugar cane with Brazilian biofuels giantCosan. But some of Cosan’s sugar cane is grown on land officially recognized as belonging to Guarani Indians.

A Brazilian prosecutor with constitutional powers to defend indigenous rights in court has written to Shell warning that its involvement in the joint venture ‘jeopardizes the company’s commitment to biodiversity and sustainability’. Click here to read more…

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