ClientEarth Litigation in U.S. Over Deforestation in Brazil

June 6, 2023

Environmental group ClientEarth has filed a complaint against Cargill, one of the world’s largest soy and grain traders, over alleged deforestation and related human rights issues in Brazil. The complaint, which is not yet public, was filed with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, pursuant to the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines). Under the OECD Guidelines, “companies are expected to conduct risk-based due diligence to identify, prevent and mitigate the actual and potential adverse environmental and human rights impacts of their operations.” The OECD Guidelines apply to all companies operating in countries that participate in the OECD, such as the U.S. and Brazil.

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