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Charities to lobby BP and Shell on environmental practices

CIVILSOCIETY.CO.UK

Vibeka Mair | 22 Feb 2010

Campaigning charities FairPensions and WWF have joined a coalition which is lobbying oil giants BP and Royal Dutch Shell over their investments in environmentally controversial oil sands developments.

The coalition, which also includes Unison, Greenpeace and the Co-operative banking group, is asking pension scheme members to email their fund managers to push them to support shareholder resolutions against oil sand projects that are due to be voted on at BP and Shell’s annual general meetings this spring. read more

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A smaller Big Oil fights for a revival

When the recession hit, the major companies streamlined, cut costs and became more efficient, giving them a shot at a profit comeback

By BRETT CLANTON
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Feb. 21, 2010, 4:32PM

Big Oil has had a little less swagger in its step of late, humbled by a global recession that halted a multi-year run of soaring profits and exposed weaknesses that had been less acute when times were good.

International giants like Exxon Mobil and BP have suffered the effects of the economic downturn, which brought the first significant decrease in global energy demand in nearly three decades, created wild gyrations in oil and natural gas prices and wreaked particular havoc on the oil refining business. read more

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Shell suffering from organizational dementia

Printed below is an article by Tony Allwright, a retired Irish Shell EP manager. It is published on his blog. It was brought to our attention by a Shell insider who shares the views expressed and believes the article deserves wider publication.

Organizational Dementia

By Tony Allwright

We are all familiar with elderly people sometimes being a bit forgetful.  This is no surprise, for just as the body gets weak over time, so can the brain.

What is surprising, however, is that organizations can likewise become forgetful and this can be very costly.  The memory of an organization is held in two ways: in its paper and electronic records and in the minds of its employees, however the latter are also relied upon to access the former. read more

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BP, Shell Cost Cuts May Falter as Drilling Stirs Oil Inflation

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February 21, 2010, 07:10 PM EST

By Eduard Gismatullin and Marianne Stigset

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc may falter in their campaigns to save billions in oil and gas project costs as a resurgence in drilling and demand for engineers threaten to revive inflation in the industry.

Crude prices doubled in the past year, prompting producers to resume projects put on hold during the recession. Oil and gas industry spending will rise 11 percent this year to $439 billion, according to Barclays Capital. read more

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Beyond Business

Financial Times

Review by Ed Crooks

Published: February 22 2010 05:00 | Last updated: February 22 2010 05:00

Book cover of 'Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir from a Visionary Leader' by John BrowneBeyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir from a Visionary Leader
By John Browne
Weidenfeld & Nicolson £20, 336 pages
FT Bookshop price: £16 read more

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Two-tier market in executive pay

Financial Times

By Brian Groom, Business and Employment Editor

Published: February 21 2010 23:03

A two-tier market is emerging in executive pay in the UK’s largest listed companies, with those that have come strongly through the recession able to offer better remuneration than their rivals, according to new research.

Royal Dutch Shell, ranked ninth in 2007-08 with £11.4m, rose to third last year with £15.3m. But the company is now freezing executive directors’ salaries for a year as part of a new pay structure after an investors’ revolt. read more

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