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Convert’s campaign

Jeroen van der Veer is an honourable man, so it wouldn't do to call into question his motive in calling for changes to the way executives are rewarded. But the Royal Dutch Shell boss - whose own pay was criticised at his last shareholder meeting - is still guilty of pulling up the ladder behind him. Sad though it may be, his long experience makes him an unlikely - and probably doomed - reformer.

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Shell settlement with Ogoni people stops short of full justice

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Payout of $15.6m could backfire now that precedent of a Nigerian community suing a oil company has been set

  • John Vidal
    • guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 9 June 2009 18.30 BST
    Members of Nigeria's Ogoni community protest against Shell in New York

    Members of Nigeria’s Ogoni community protest against Shell in New York. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP

     

    Shell’s decision to settle out of court with a group of Ogoni people rather than take them on in New York means a measure of justice has come to the Niger Delta. The sum of $15.5m (£9.6m) may be peanuts for the company and nothing can compensate the 500,000 Ogoni people for generations of devastating pollution, human rights abuses and persecution. But while Shell insists that the result is no admission of guilt, it nevertheless represents a triumph for an impoverished community over one of the richest companies in the world. read more

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Shell pays out $15.5m over Saro-Wiwa killing

Among the documents lodged with the New York court was a 1994 letter from Shell in which it agreed to pay a unit of the Nigerian army for services rendered. The unit had retrieved one of the company's fire trucks from the village of Korokoro – an action that according to reports at the time left one Ogoni man dead and two wounded. Shell wrote it was making the payment "as a show of gratitude and motivation for a sustained favourable disposition in future assignments".

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Bonus scam admitted at last

Jeroen van der Veer, outgoing chief executive of the oil firm Shell, has admitted that the way he did his job was not affected by his pay. He told a conference in Abu Dhabi: "If I had been paid 50% more, I would not have done it better. If I had been paid 50% less then I would not have done it worse."

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Should BP and Shell face the future together?

June 10, 2009
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Shell’s Odum Says Brazil Oil Rules to Lure Spending

The Hague-based Shell, which has invested $2.8 billion in crude exploration and production in Brazil since 1998, will hold off on spending plans for the pre-salt area until rules are clear, said Marvin Odum, head of the company’s oil and exploration for the Americas.

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U.S. to Get Half of Gas From ‘Tight’ Fields by 2020, Shell Says

New technology will allow tapping 500 trillion cubic feet of unconventional gas resources in North America, enough to supply the U.S. for two decades, said Malcolm Brinded, executive director for the upstream business at Europe’s biggest oil company. Shell expects to more than triple tight gas output to more than 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day in 2020

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Executive rewards, for what?

For the global collective of superstar corporate executives, Jeroen van der Veer has just uttered the worst possible heresy.

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Shell Nigeria deal won’t end image problem-activists

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, June 9 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell's agreement to pay millions of dollars to the families of Nigerian protesters executed in the 1990s is unlikely to end local hostility towards the firm, activists said on Tuesday.

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Shell reaches $15.5m settlement with Nigerian activists

"The Ogoni people have many outstanding issues with Shell, and it is Shell's responsibility to resolve those issues with the Ogoni people themselves. The plaintiffs do not speak for the Ogoni people, nor have they attempted to resolve those issues," the lawyers said.

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Outgoing Shell chief calls for executive pay reform

The outgoing chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, who was the focus of a shareholder revolt over pay at the multinational oil company, has called for reform of how executives are rewarded.

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How Much Is a Dead Nigerian Worth to Shell?

Jun 9, 2009

How Much Is a Dead Nigerian Worth to Shell?

by Joe McGinniss

Joe McGinniss

The Dutch oil giant will pay out a paltry $15 million to the families of 10 murdered Nigerians, including activist Ken Saro-Wiwa—and it will admit no wrongdoing in their deaths. True-crime author Joe McGinniss smells a rat.

Talk about ending with a whimper, not a bang.

Or, to put it more crassly, how much is a dead Nigerian worth, anyway?

In 1996, one year after author and human-rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and nine others were hung in Nigeria, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit in U.S. federal court, charging that the executions were carried out with the knowledge and “consent and/or support” of Shell Oil, as part of an alleged conspiracy with the Nigerian government to suppress opposition to drilling in the Niger Delta. read more

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No kidding, this is Shell’s headline: Shell settles Wiwa case with humanitarian gesture

Here it is: Shell’s statement worthy of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. 

Shell settles Wiwa case with humanitarian gesture

Shell today agreed to settle a court case in New York related to allegations in connection with the Nigerian military government’s execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and others in 1995, making a humanitarian gesture to set up a trust fund to benefit the Ogoni people.

At the same time, the plaintiffs have dismissed all claims made in the litigation against Shell Petroleum NV, Shell Transport and Trading Company Limited and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC).

The settlement and other payments together total $15.5 million, which will provide funding for the trust and a compassionate payment to the plaintiffs and the estates they represent in recognition of the tragic turn of events in Ogoni land, even though Shell had no part in the violence that took place. In addition, they cover plaintiffs’ costs and fees. read more

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL FORCED TO SETTLE HUMAN RIGHTS CASE OUT OF COURT

Damning Evidence Reveals Shell’s Complicity with Crimes Against Humanity; Landmark Case Resolved in Favor of Families of Executed Nigerian Environmental Leader Ken Saro-Wiwa and Others After 13 Year Legal Battle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 9, 2009

CONTACT: 
U.S. (DC): Steve Kretzmann, Oil Change International, +1-202-497-1033; [email protected]
U.S. (NY): Han Shan, Oil Change International, +1-917-418-4133, [email protected]
U.S. (DC): Elizabeth Bast, Friends of the Earth U.S., +1-202-222-0719, [email protected]
U.K. (London): Ben Amunwa, PLATFORM/Remember Saro-Wiwa, +44-207-357-0055, +44-7891-454-714, [email protected]

New York– After legal battles lasting nearly fourteen years, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has been forced to pay a $15.5 million out-of-court settlement. Plaintiffs from the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta have successfully held Shell accountable for complicity in human rights atrocities committed against the Ogoni people in the 1990s, including the execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. The legal action is one of the few cases brought under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute that have been resolved in favor of the plaintiffs. The settlement includes establishment of a $5 million trust to benefit local communities in Ogoni. read more

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