A non-governmental organization based in Asheville, North Carolina, said Tuesday it filed a complaint with the State Department against Marsh LLC over its brokerage relationship with an African pipeline project.
Inclusive Development International’s complaint, filed with 10 Uganda and Tanzania-based human rights and environmental organizations, alleges that Marsh violated international guidelines for responsible business conduct by acting as an insurance broker for the East African crude oil pipeline.
The complaint alleges that by providing brokerage services, Marsh is contributing to serious harm that the EACOP project has already or is expected to cause, including inappropriate land acquisition processes, inadequate consultation with affected communities, and irreversible damage to local ecosystems.
Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. declined to comment on the complaint, citing its longstanding policy of not confirming clients̵7; identities.
“We are committed to helping companies develop low-carbon business models and manage risks associated with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” the broker said in a statement.