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Dedicated to exposing Shell’s dark side

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GRAPHIC KINDLY SUPPLIED BY SHELL IRISH POLICE CORRUPTION WHISTLEBLOWER, OSSL (COPS WERE GIVEN OVER €30,000 WORTH OF FREE ALCOHOL ON SHELL’S ORDERS – AS WAS RECENTLY TESTIFIED UNDER OATH BY TWO OSSL DIRECTORS IN OPEN COURT)

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 16.26.45Corporate Social Responsibility in the Digital Age: v.7 (Developments in Corporate Governance and Responsibility)

By Ana Adi, Georgiana Grigore, David Crowther

Published April 2015

Extract from chapter: CRS and New Battle Lines In Online PR War

The type of long-lasting PR damage McGeveran refers to may include the website http://royaldutchshellgroup.com  ‘dedicated to exposing Shell’s dark side’. The website was set up by disgruntled ex-employees of Shell – Alfred and son John Donovan – who accused the company of stealing their ideas and who have dedicated two decades to embarrassing the company.

In an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle John Donovan suggests that it was anger at Shell’s ethical double standards that drove him and his father to spend so much energy into setting up the website, fighting Shell in the courts, leaking company secrets and providing an outlet for Shell whistleblowers.

“We want Shell to honour its own business principles. These [Shell General Business Principles] were launched in 1976 and people arc entitled to believe the promises that arc made in there that Shell will at all limes act with honesty and integrity and openness when they deal with people. with their own employees. with their suppliers and with the general public, but in our experience they do not – they are a ruthless, mean oil company.” (Deutsche Welle. 2012)

Donovan’s website covers Shell controversies around the world including its record in Nigeria, the United States, Ireland and the Russian Arctic, the scene of a protest in September 2013 that resulted in the arrest of 30 Greenpeace protestors on charges of piracy.

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(Deutsche Welle. 2012) TV Interview with John Donovan

Hardcover: 250 pages

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited (8 April 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1784415820

ISBN-13: 978-1784415822

About the Authors
Ana Adi – Bournemouth University, UK
David Crowther – De Montfort University, UK Georgiana Grigore – Bournemouth University

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