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Outspoken articles about Royal Dutch Shell from December 2004 onwards

Links to numerous outspoken articles about Royal Dutch Shell and related matters stretching back to December 2004.

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Time for cost-cutting at Shell – again!

Times of economic difficulty are the times that the macho micro-managers in Shell like best of all. Because then they can show their machismo by wielding cost-cutting axes almost with impunity – it’s happened many times over the years and it always follows the same pattern. First there is an announcement unusually couched in slogans about the need for “greater efficiency” or “More focused business” or “delayering” then we get the call to arms and the “challenges” – these are pretty unsophisticated – usually with some finite value target such as “reduce costs by 15% minimum”. Then reality kicks in with the realisation that reducing costs means employing less people as much of the rest of the cost base is not very suitable for more than a bit of cosmetic trimming on the margin. Maintenance and repair budgets always suffer so the petrol stations start to look a bit dowdy and the repainting schedule at installations gets extended again. Expenditure that protects Heath and Safety should be immune from these attacks – but as we have seen over the years there are too many shocking examples of where Health and Safety has been put at risk because maintenance budgets have been cut.The buzz word that is often used when the cost-cutting imperative comes to the fore is “discretionary” expenditure. As the term suggests this is supposed to describe things that you would perhaps like to spend your money on but don’t absolutely have to – at least in the short term. This tends not to be the bonuses of the high priced help, although it certainly should mean these. It very often does mean expenditure for which the benefit is difficult to quantify in the short term and for which the payback may not be easily expressed in monetary terms. Advertising and other communications expenditure is a classic example of this. read more

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Shifts in corporate philanthropy

Early manifestations of the change included the mauling handed out to Royal Dutch Shell over its plans to dispose of the Brent Spar oil platform in the North Sea...

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Go Well…Go Galp Energia

Swaziland: A number of long established automotive fuel suppliers in the country are steadily leaving these shores. Latest to pack its bags and quit the country is Royal Dutch Shell, also Shell Plc which has traded in the country since the 70s.

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Shell’s Yampa River water rights filing brings energy to forefront

Saturday, January 17, 2009: Denver — While one Colorado River District official called Shell Oil’s request for Yampa River water rights “just another water filing,” state lawmakers and other Capitol observers say it’s much more than that.

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SMOKE DETECTOR OR SMOKESCREEN: EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH RICHARD WISEMAN, CHIEF ETHICS & COMPLIANCE OFFICER, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: 14/15 JAN 2008

EMAIL FROM RICHARD WISEMAN TO JOHN DONOVAN: You have of course completely misrepresented, yet again, my remark about the disposal of a smoke detector. The fact that I have not commented on anything else cannot of course be taken as indicating agreement with anything you have said about this matter.

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Big Oil Can’t Resist the Chavez Charm

You'd think BP or Royal Dutch Shell, for instance, would be especially hesitant about cozying up to the strongman again. After all, BP saw one of its executives flee Russia to escape trumped up charges while having a power-sharing agreement forced on it. Shell was forced to sell its Sakhalin Island interests to Russian gas giant Gazprom. Such are the dangers of signing over your soul to the devil.

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