The Le Clemenceau Controversy: Business vs. Safety

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Case Code : BECG062 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 200;
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Case Length : 8 Pages
Period : 1997-2006
Pub. Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : -
Industry : Ship-breaking
Countries : France, India


This case discusses the controversial issues surrounding the decommissioned French warship Le Clemenceau, which was on its way to Alang, a major ship-breaking yard in India, for dismantling.

However, the ship was recalled to France due to presssure from various environmental activist organizations like Greenpeace, who claimed that the ship had high quantities of toxic asbestos and PCBs.

The case also highlights the problems faced by ship-breaking yard owners and companies in light of the Le Clemenceau controversy. The case brings out the issue of business versus safety with regard to the ship-breaking industry in developing countries in Asia.


Understand the issue of environmental activism and their impact on business and labor practices in developing countries

Understand the conflict between worker safety issues and business interests of the ship-breaking industry


  Page No.
Le Clemenceau Called Back 1
Spotlight on the Ship-Breaking Industry 3
Business Versus Safety 4
Exhibits 5


Le Clemenceau, Ship-breaking and scrapping, Ship dismantling, Greenpeace, Environmental activism, Asbestos, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), Business ethics, Industrial relations, Labor safety standards and laws, France Warship, Alang,, Supreme Court of India, Lung cancer, Mesothelioma

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