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.  

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Eni go to trial: A new chapter opens!





"I love it when a plan comes together. Presumably phrases of this type are commonplace in the backrooms and bars where corruption plans are hatched, as palms are greased and pockets are stuffed with stolen money.
But sometimes those of us on the other side of the fence who are fighting corruption get to say it too. Our plan is to see that oil firms are held accountable when they try to engage in corruption, that they pay the price for their actions and that justice is done for the citizens who have their assets looted.
And this morning in a chilly Milan we witnessed the next crucial stage in the unfolding saga of Shell and Eni’s involvement in the Nigerian oil block OPL 245. Today saw the opening hearing of one of the largest corporate corruption trial in history. Shell, Eni and 13 individuals, including their current and previous top oil executives, are facing charges of international corruption over a Nigerian oil deal where $1.1 billion was siphoned off. This is home ground for Eni, an Italian oil major part-owned by the Italian state. Not that we know right know who will be running the Italian state next, but as in both politics and court cases patience and strategy are paramount.
We suspected that the opening day of the trial would be mostly procedural, lacking the lightning and firecrackers to come when high-profile defendants will be cross-examined and evidence put before the judges in this historic trial.
But it was nonetheless a tense curtain-raiser, rich with symbolism and reeking of reputations to be won and lost. All the relevant parties gathered in a small courtroom in the Milan Palace of Justice. Each of the 15 parties charged was represented by a lawyer, Global Witness’ lawyers were there, plus lawyers for other NGOs. Importantly there were also lawyers seeking to be recognised as legal representatives for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing the people who have lost most of all. All dressed in very fetching, flowing black gowns with white bibs.
 All in all there were nearly seventy people in a room designed for twenty - including three judges, at least thirty-five lawyers, a gaggle of press, four NGOs, and a giant metal cage. Yep, just to remind us in the starkest way possible that this is all about a huge legal charge, the far side of the courtroom was occupied by a long cell of black iron bars. In fact halfway through the proceedings two men in handcuffs were guided slowly by armed police through the lawyerly throng and locked up in the cell, awaiting their turn in a subsequent case. Nice dramatic touch for the day after the Oscars.
Global Witness applied to be a civil party to the case this morning, as did UK NGO Corner House, Re:Common from Italy and HEDA from Nigeria. You could have heard a pin drop as our lawyers approached the three judges to enter our application. Many of the multitude of lawyers representing Shell, Eni and the other defendants appeared genuinely concerned at this intervention, as they looked on wide-eyed and began to scribble notes fiercely. You could feel the electricity as the realisation dawned across the room that this is truly adversarial and the world is watching.
Less than an hour later this first step towards justice had been taken. The trial has opened, but due to caseload pressure the three judges passed this case on to a new set of judges. So now we wait until the next hearing on May 14, when the trial schedule should be confirmed and things can really start in earnest.
This case could take a year to play out, but the wheels are now rolling. Buckle up, this has all the makings of a very intriguing and groudbreaking ride. Watch this space. Ciao".

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Eni thinks that its Stakeholders are stupids!



This is another "marketing tool" from the Italian oil giant! The company steals more 1 billion dollars from the nigerian people with the "Bribe of the Century" and destroys the river Niger Delta.

Eni thinks that its Stakeholders are stupids! 


Thursday, March 01, 2018

Former CEO of Eni in jail?



The Public Ministry asks the Italian Criminal Court to convict the former CEO of Eni, Mr. Paolo Scaroni, for more than six years of prison for the bribe payment at Algeria

This is a demonstration of what Eni and its current CEO, Mr. Claudio Descalz, might expect from the "Bribe of the Century Case", the trial begins on March 5th.

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Eni and TI Italy are holding hands...



The Transparency International Italy, instead of answering the reasons why it never reported anything about my fight against the Italian oil giant, despite claiming to be an institution that defends whistleblowers, preferred to give me an advice and silence me. 

It advised me to stop with my personal quest to rescue and restore my name, my honor and my reputation, that are being denigrated and depreciated by Eni for almost 17 years. 

The intimidation came in a "threatening" tone (read the e-mail from the executive director). 

Now, Eni and TI Italy are holding hands to try to silence a Whistleblower!

The lesson of Agatha Christie for Eni


According to Agatha Christie, "one coincidence is just a coincidence, two coincidences are a clue, three coincidences are a proof". Therefore, the Italian oil giant has nothing against me: no coincidence nor proof!

I, as a Whistleblower (fulfilling the words and spirit of the Code of Ethics of Eni), has dozens of evidence. I have proof that this company, in all these almost 17 years, tries to intimidate me, to silence me and to annihilate me. And for that, it used cunning tricks like a "frivolous lawsuit" and "attacks" against my "honor"! (Read the details of my story with more than 50 supporting documents).

But I will never give up facing one of the most Corrupt and Unethical Companies in the corporate world. And these "qualities" of Eni are global public knowledge because the media always shows the mischiefs in the management of this company.

Note: Learn more about my story: a) Eni & Me: a 16 years fight!b) The 3 versions of Enic) Eni: Public Retraction or Criminal Complaintd) A gift for the Eni's Boarde) Open Letter to the CEO of Eni (Mr. Claudio Descalzi); f) Ms. Gabanelli: My case is very similar!g) Open Letter to the former Eni's Board (Mr. Luigi Zingales); h) Whistleblower: A hero, a villain or simply a fool?


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Are they coward or were they bought by Eni?


Everyone knows that the Italian "great media", hardly ever, give "negative" news about the Italian oil giant. The millionaire advertisement dollars forcing the silence of the journalists.

Recently, the Italian parliamentarians approved a "Whistleblower Protection Law". Two institutions based in Italy, the "Riparte il Futuro" and "Transparency International" were also responsible for the approval by putting "pressure" on the Senators.

I am a whistleblower! I know that my story is not unique! But I am the only whistleblower who has been fighting one of the TOP 20 companies for over 16 years! I am the only whistleblower who had their story published in the first "investigative book" that became a "best-seller" in Italy. I am the only whistleblower who presented their story at the "Shareholder's Meeting" of the company that continues to act with retaliation against me!

The Italian media not publishing my story is something natural... But, the Riparte il Futuro and Transparency International - "which claim to defend whistleblowers" - is something unbelievable and unfortunate.

Are these institutions cowards or were they also bought by Eni?

I already know the answer! And you?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Is it a coward or was it bought by Eni?




Everyone knows that the Italian "great media", hardly ever, give "negative" news about the Italian oil giant Eni. The millionaire advertisement dollars are the reason for the silence of the journalists.

Recently, the Italian parliamentarians approved a "Whistleblower Protection Act". An institution based in Italy, the "Transparency International Italy", was also responsible for the approval by putting "pressure" on the Italian senators.

I am a whistleblower! I know that my story is not unique! But I am the only whistleblower who has been fighting one of the TOP 20 companies for over 16 years! I am the only whistleblower who had their story published in the first "investigative book" that became a "best-seller" in Italy. I am the only whistleblower who presented their story at the "Shareholder's Meeting" of the company that continues to act with reprisal against me!

The Italian media not publishing my story is something natural... But, the Transparency International Italy - "which claims to defend whistleblowers" - is something unbelievable and unfortunate. 

Is this institution a coward or was it also bought by Eni?

I already know the answer! And you?

Is it a coward or was it bought by Eni?


Everyone knows that the Italian "great media", hardly ever, give "negative" news about the Italian oil giant Eni. The millionaire advertisement dollars are the reason for the silence of the journalists.

Recently, the Italian parliamentarians approved a "Whistleblower Protection Act". An institution based in Italy, the "Riparte il Futuro", was also responsible for the approval by putting "pressure" on the Italian senators.

I am a whistleblower! I know that my story is not unique! But I am the only whistleblower who has been fighting one of the TOP 20 companies for over 16 years! I am the only whistleblower who had their story published in the first "investigative book" that became a "best-seller" in Italy. I am the only whistleblower who presented their story at the "Shareholder's Meeting" of the company that continues to act with reprisal against me!

The Italian media not publishing my story is something natural... But, the Riparte il Futuro - "which claims to defend whistleblowers" - is something unbelievable and unfortunate. 

Is this institution a coward or was it also bought by Eni?

I already know the answer! And you?