Contributors & Mission Statement
EDITOR: John Donovan (has been involved in the gasoline retailing industry for over 40 years devising promotional campaigns for many oil companies, including Conoco and Texaco. He has also acted as a marketing consultant to BP. He is however, best known for his long association with the Royal Dutch Shell Group firstly for devising marketing campaigns on an international basis and more recently as a long term Shell shareholder and critic of Shell senior management.
Bill Campbell is the retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International Petroleum Company. Bill is a well-known campaigner for safety on North Sea Production Platforms. His expert views have been cited in many news reports in the press and on TV.
Iain Percival is the retired Global Chief Petroleum Engineer of Shell International. Iain took the award for Outstanding Individual Achievement at the Energy Industry (EI) Annual Awards, for his work mentoring a number of young professionals, both in Shell and other organisations. Iain is currently spending time with students and staff at RGU and the University of Aberdeen and visits schools in his home area of the north of Scotland. Iain retired from Shell in 2006 after 33 years of service.
Professor Richard Steiner from July 1996 until Feb. 2010: Professor and Conservation Specialist – University of Alaska Marine Advisory Program (MAP), School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Anchorage, Alaska. Primary responsibility for University of Alaska’s Environmental Conservation Extension Mission. Feb. 2010: present: Conservation and Sustainability Consultant, Oasis Earth, Anchorage, Alaska â€“ Conservation and sustainability consulting globally. Advise NGOs, governments, industry, and the public on environmental sustainability issues, including biodiversity and habitat protection, establishment of Citizens Advisory Councils to oversee resource development projects, extractive industry responsibility, energy and environment issues, Arctic issues, marine conservation, etc. Advised on Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico disaster, Dalian oil spill in China, Bodo oil spill in Nigeria, extractive industry and environment issues in Africa, Central America, and South Pacific.
Dr John Huong former Royal Dutch Shell Production Geologist and Asset Manager. Worked for Shell in Malaysia for 27 years. Well known whistleblower buried by eight Royal Dutch Shell companies for several years in multiple High Court actions, including for alleged defamation. The various Shell companies unsuccessfully sought his imprisonment for alleged contempt of Court. Blew the whistle on Shell hydrocarbon reserves misrepresentation, which culminated in the Shell reserves scandal revealed in 2004. The securities fraud led to multimillion-dollar fines against Shell by the financial regulators and the forced resignations of the Royal Dutch Shell Group Chairman (Sir Philip Watts) and other executive directors.
Adam Groves has an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford University and a BSc in International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He works for OneWorld UK, supporting their HIV/AIDs prevention work in Nigeria.
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Our objectives are simple. We want Royal Dutch Shell executives to act at all times in accordance with Shell General Business Principles which include the claimed core principles of honesty, integrity, openness and respect for people in all of Shell’s dealings.
This is surely not an unreasonable ambition given that the principles were devised by Shell, are promoted by Shell and are supposedly current and binding on all Shell operations everywhere. In other words, we are only asking Shell executives to do what they already claim to be doing.
The plain fact is that if Shell executives had abided with the SGBP, scandals such as the reserves fraud involving blatant deceit and cover-up, the preventable Brent Bravo deaths which flowed from the Shell “Touch F*** All” safety culture on North Sea Platforms, and the more recent PR humiliations arising from outrageous examples of greenwash advertising, could not have occurred.
We do not believe that it is morally acceptable that Shell executives are indemnified so that even if they cheat, deceive and cover-up serious misdeeds, treating shareholders and the public as gullible fools, they are still able to walk away as winners. In the case of Sir Philip Watts, with a severance package/pension pot reportedly worth $18.5 million USD. We think that this is disgraceful situation at odds with all ethical norms including the SGBP and will continue to say so on this website.
The SGBP is being used as a PR tool to promote undeserved confidence in the scruples and honesty of Shell senior management. For example, the SGBP featured in the Form 20F Declarations filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission thereby generating confidence in the proven reserves volumes which had been inflated i.e. were false.
While Shell execs continue to make pledges of ethical trading which they flout, we will continue our humble efforts to expose their hypocrisy and we welcome the support of others who like us are not prepared to put up with such deception.
The gap between Shell rhetoric and reality is evidence from Shell’s appalling track record including a leadership role in price fixing cartels, numerous Clean Air Act violations, repeated environmental infringements, multimillion dollar fines for groundwater contamination, more fines for unauthorised venting and flaring of gas. We also have to add to this litany, Shell’s exploitation and reckless disregard of the safety of its employees and its global espionage operation against its own employees trying to prevent whistleblowers. Shell’s espionage activity in the USA and Nigeria have been exposed in 2010.
Examples from Wikipedia
Release of chemical pollutants at Shell Texas Deer Park complex
Emission violations at Shell Martinez refinery in California
Environmental infringements by Shell in Louisiana
Groundwater contamination by Shell in USA
Unauthorised venting and flaring of gas by Shell in USA
Shell Pipeline rupture in Washington
Environmental law infringements in Brazil
Refinery contamination in Texas
Oil Refinery in Durban
US Clean Air Act violations
Emission violations at Shell Wood River Refinery in Illinois
Shell settles Martinez Refinery dumping suit for $3 Million
Shell fined $19.75 million for oil spill from Martinez Refinery
Explosion at Shell Louisiana refinery
Pollution at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Denver, Colorado
- 1 Fatal explosion at Equilon Puget Sound Refinery
- 2 Developments in March 2007
- 3 Resolution of Shell safety problems may impact on CEO succession
- 4 The Brent Bravo accident and aftermath
- 5 Allegations made by Bill Campbell, former North Sea OIM & Group Auditor of Shell International
- 6 Concerns expressed by Bill Campbell
- 7 Offshore unions voice safety concerns over pending sale of Shell North Sea assets
- 8 Oil majors send safety chiefs to summit as criticisms mount
- 9 Health and Safety Executive partially uphold claims about Shell safety
- 10 February 2008 allegations of safety concerns over Shell North Sea rigs
- 11 Shell admits blame for near disaster at Merseyside Refinery
- 12Shell safety critical issues raised in March 2008
Controversies surrounding Royal Dutch Shell
- 1 Sanctions busting in Rhodesia
- 2 Corruption in Italy
- 3 Shell to Sea
- 4 $153.6 million damages for U.S. patent infringement
- 5 Jiffy Lube International
- 6 $2 million fine by UN for violation of embargo against Iraq
- 7 The Vietnam War
- 8 Nigeria
- 9 Darfur region of Sudan
- 10 Exchange Control speculation in Japan
- 11 Brent Spar
- 12 Tainted Shell gasoline in North America
- 13 Poor fuel supply problem at Manchester Airport
- 14 Retirement fund deficiencies in Malaysia
- 15 Oil and gas reserves recategorisation
- 16 Sakhalin
- 17 The Shell Foundation
- 18 Bonus schemes
- 19 Domain name oversight
- 20 Tell Shell Forum
- 21 Participation in price fixing cartels
- 22 Fictitious trades
- 23 False reporting, fictitious sales, manipulation of natural gas prices
- 24 Alleged Shell espionage
- 25 Iran
- 26 Nicaragua
- 27 Alaska
- 28 Safety
- 29 Iraq
- 30Change of early retirement scheme in Ethiopia