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Editorial: The Government - not a model owner

Statoil's engagement in the Melaka refinery is a subject in this issue. It is a grave example of local people's interests being ignored by the industry developers and authorities. But the story of Statoil in Malaysia is more than that; it is the story about an owner of a company who will not take responsibility for the impacts of the company's policy.
Artikkelen er mer enn to år gammel. Ting kan ha endret seg.
Statoil's engagement in the Melaka refinery is a subject in this issue. It is a grave example of local people's interests being ignored by the industry developers and authorities. But the story of Statoil in Malaysia is more than that; it is the story about an owner of a company who will not take responsibility for the impacts of the company's policy.

Statoil's general assembly is the Oil and Energy Minister Rannveig Frøiland, and it is the government, represented by Frøiland, that has the opportunity and the responsibility to take action if Statoil crosses the line.

The difference between burning down churches and levelling mosques is marginal. In the future we will therefore be uncomfortably embarrassed when we hear the government demand ethical considerations from NHO's member companies. Why does government control over its own companies include economics and not ethics?

It is time the government stopped referring to discrimination, whenever somebody demands action be taken against a government owned company. An important difference is precisely that it is easier to make a private stockholder accountable.

We cannot exempt the government from the same ethical responsibility.

Norwatch Newsletter 2/97

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