Friday, May 18, 2018

Open Letter to the M5S

Ms. Francesca Businarolo,

You havealways defended whistleblowers! You know my story with Eni! I am a whistleblower!

Now, with the 5 Stars Movement forming a new government in Italy, I would like to ask for your help so the Italian oil giant, under the command of the CEO that the new Prime-Minister will define, investigate my case so, this way, I can, finally, rescue and restore my name, my honor and my reputation that is being denigrated and depreciated by the largest company in your country to this day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

This is Eni's Way!

The trial of top executives from oil majors Eni and Shell for "corruption" in Nigeria has been re-adjourned for 20 June. 

The long-running graft case revolves around the 2011 purchase of Nigeria’s OPL-245 offshore oilfield for about $1.3bn.

Read more in this link.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Corrupt Executives vs Whistleblowers

Executives accused of "corruption" the company defends... The whistleblowers are treated differently: They are silenced by Italian oil giant! And have their careers destroyed!

This is Eni's Way!

Friday, April 20, 2018

I need your help! Please!

I need your help! You must be following my posts here on LinkedIn. For more than 16 years I have been undertaking a personal saga, tirelessly and unceasingly, to rescue and restore my name, my honor and my reputation that are being denigrated and depreciated by the Italian oil giant to this day.

It all started in 2001. After finding out about a millionaire scheme of internal fraud and corruption at Eni's Brazilian subsidiary, I reported these facts to the internal channels of the company to comply with the determinations of Eni's Code of Ethics. In the following weeks, little happened and I ended up being fired. After invoking Eni Brazil's Ethics Committee, I received a response from the CEO of the Brazilian operation saying that my resignation was due to an "administrative and organizational reestructuring" and not because of a "retaliation", as I had stated. This was the 1st version about my resignation.

In 2010, in an attempt to intimidate and silence me, Eni filed a lawsuit - in the Civil Court of Rome - against me and against the Brazilian Business Ethics Institute, demanding an indemnity of 15 million Euro for any slander and defamation. In order to disqualify me before the judge, the company stated that everything I said was a fallacy and that, in fact, Eni made an "undercover investigation" in Brazil and I had a "reticent" and "non-cooperative" posture, thus ceasing the "trusting relationship" and, consequently, my "resignation". This was the 2nd version about my resignation.

In 2014, thank God, the judge ruled that the lawsuit filed by Eni was "groundless". The company didn't want to make an agreement and preferred to appeal to the second instance. The pre-sentence hearing would have taken place on March 30th, 2018, but due to bottlenecks in the Italian Justice, it has been postponed to "October 2019".

In 2016, my story was published in the first "investigative book" called "Eni: The Parallel State". This work was written by two renowned Italian journalists and, in a few months, become a "best seller" at Italy. One of the authors wrote me saying that they "decided to include my story because, after reading most of the documents I sent and talking to its sources, they became convinced that the story was well-founded, and that it was right and interesting to include it in the context of the book".

In 2017, during the "Shareholders' Meeting" of Eni (AGM 2017), another journalist, in the quality of "Critical Shareholder" of Eni, took my case to the shareholders of the company through 10 questions to be answered by the members of Eni's Administrative Council. Instead, the company wrote a long text and presented the 3rd version about my resignation: "Mr. Flinto was fired along with other employees of wrongful conduct, for reticence, for breaching the confidentialy obligation and for trying to use Eni's Code of Ethics for personal gains in the company".

Note that the Italian oil giant, in each new version regarding my resignation, distorted the facts that originally motivated the denunciations presented by me. Besides, it is uncontrovertible that one version is more false and lying, cruel and cowardly, harmful and hurtful than the other. Indeed, I was victim of my own complaint, I had my professional career destroyed and this company was responsible for my loss of retirement (Access this LINK and know more details about my story).

For all these reasons, I decided to participate at Eni's "AGM 2018" that will be held in Rome on May 10th, 2018. My goal is to be with the members of Eni's Administrative Council "face to face" and, in addition to increasing the "pressure" on this company, try to, finally, rescue and restore my name, my honor and my reputation with the support of the others shareholders of Eni present at the meeting.

However, I confess that I am a commom citizen and, since 2015, I've struggling to keep the Business Ethics Institute open, even fostering such and important and recurring issue. Unfortunately, I don't have enough resources to afford the high costs of an international trip. For this reason, I started a "chip in" online before my LinkedIn connections.

I take the liberty of asking for your help so that me and my lawyer can arrive at Rome on May 10th, 2018. You can contribute with US$ 50 (or 50 Euro)! In order not to mix these resources with my checking account or the Business Ethics Institute's, the deposit should be made in the current account of our "social arm" , founded a few months ago, but still no activities (IBAN number: BR4600000000069370000118800C1).

If you are sensitive about my fight and can help me, please let me know the day you made the deposit to my control.

To all the connections of my LinkedIn that help me, I will make an "accountability" soon after returning to Brazil with all the transparency and honesty that this subject demands.

May God give you back what you have done for me!

All the best.

Douglas Linares Flinto
Brazilian Business Ethics Institute

Chairman & CEO

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A whistleblower at Eni's AGM 2018

In April 2017, Mr. Mauro Meggiolaro (Eni’s Critical Shareholder of the Fondazione Finanza Etica - Gruppo Banca Etica) took my case to Eni Shareholder's Meeting. Yes, I am the first whistleblower in the world to be represented at a Shareholder's Meeting! Under Italian law, Mr. Meggiolaro wrote 10 (ten) questions about my story. These questions would have to be answered by the Board of Eni. 

However, the members of the Board of Directors of the company did not answer to the questions that were individually formulated to them and preferred to respond in a long text. In this text, once again Eni "made up" a new version on my dismissal:

"The former employee was fired together with other actors of unlawful behavior, by reticence, for having violated the obligation of confidentiality and by trying to use instrumentally Eni's Code of Ethics to gain personal advantages of the company".

This was the third version about my dismissal without Eni having submitted one single proof on its charges. In fact, Eni tried to prove what the company said. In this same document Eni also says: 

Contrary to his belief, from the investigations performed by Eni, following the notices received in 2002, it emerged that, as reported by the Board of Statutory Auditors of Eni SpA in the Shareholders’ Meeting Report included in the Eni 2002 Financial Statements”.

But, this Eni 2002 Financial Statements has 354 pages and, of course, there is no mention of my case (know the “Eni 2002 Financial Statements” in full). 

It is easy to see that in 16 years Eni presented three different versions on my dismissal, distorting, at each new version, the facts that originally motivated the complaints lodged by me. It is also unincontrovertible fact that one version was more false and liar, more harmful and damaging than the other.

In the 1st Version, the company denies the "complaints" made by me and denies the "retaliation" practiced by Eni's Brazilian subsidiary, claiming that it was only a simple and ordinary "administrative and organizational restructuring". In the 2nd Version, I "did not collaborate" and had a "reticent stance" when Eni carried out "secret investigations" in Brazil. And, surprisingly, in the 3rd Version, the company says that I was criminally involved in the scheme of internal fraud and corruption (which I denounced), and that my dismissal occurred along with other actors of "illegal behavior". In addition, Eni accused me of "reticence", of not having preserved "confidentiality" and of being an "opportunistic" person because I had used Eni's Code of Ethics (which I fulfilled in full) to build an untrue story with the intention of obtaining financial advantages of Eni. The company cunning returns against the company itself, as it is more than evident that Eni doesn’t want to admit the truth: that I was dismissed in "reprisal" after denouncing a million-dollar scheme of corruption in Eni Brazil.

It is to be noted that in all those years Eni doesn’t admit its mistakes towards me. It is undisputed that I: (a) simply complied with the determinations of Eni’s Code of Ethics; (b) that I was the "whistleblower" who stripped away the dark facts that were happening in the innards of Eni Brazil; (c) that I denounced a millionaire fraud and corruption scheme at Eni's Brazilian subsidiary, providing the company with the necessary measures to correct such non-conformities with the Code of Ethics and to stop the millionaire deviations in the coffers of Eni Brazil; (d), nor did it finally admit that I was dismissed in "reprisal" when he should have been protected by the instruments present in Eni's Code of Ethics.

Now, I decided to buy shares of Eni to become a "shareholder" of the company. And, in May 10, 2018, I will be present at Eni's Shareholders' Meeting to - in person - try to undo the all the slanderous and mendacious, cruel and damaging, libelous and defamatory comments made by the Board of Eni. This way, I can - finally - be able to rescue and restore my name, my honor and my reputation unfairly depreciated and denegrated by the Italian oil giant over more than 16 years.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Eni's CEO is on the tightrope!

Eni's CEO Claudio Descalzi is on the tightrope! His possible departure from the Italian oil giant's cockpit will not be given because he is a "defendant" in the case known as "Bribe of the Century", but because of the lack of "political support": the DP (Democratic Party) was defeated in the Italian elections of March 5th. The new Prime-Minister will be responsible for nominating the new CEO of Eni. If this is confirmed, I can only say "Bye bye Mr. Descalzi!" I hope that the new CEO of Eni is a worthy and honorable man, a honest and ethical professional, doing what is right to do in my case: to open an investigation so that the truth can emerge from the corruption bog of this company so that I, after almost 17 years, can rescue and restore my name, my honor and my reputation that has been denigrated and depreciated by Eni to this day. Read more about my 16 years fight agains Eni.