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Shell Oil’s CSR Crisis in the North Sea

GreenBiz.com: What Matters Most: Shell Oil’s CSR Crisis in the North Sea: “Shell’s actions — and Greenpeace’s reactions — had created a full-scale international incident.”: “What Greenpeace had helped Shell to realize what that its reputation was a far more valuable and perishable commodity than the Brent Spar itself”

Posted 19 Sept 04

The following is an excerpt from “What Matters Most: How a Small Group of Pioneers Is Teaching Social Responsibility to Big Business, and Why Big Business Is Listening.” The book, by Jeffrey Hollender and Stephen Fenichell, examines in detail how companies have successfully handled public-relations crises related to corporate responsibility.

For 15 years, Royal Dutch Shell’s 460-foot-tall oil storage tanker and loading platform the Brent Spar floated inconspicuously at anchor in the North Sea, 120 miles off the island of Shetland, of no particular concern to anyone outside the company. But in 1991, having outlived its useful life, the platform was decommissioned. For the next two years, an independent committee of scientific and engineering advisors retained by Shell pondered the problem of what to do with it, which came down to how best to get rid of it. read more

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Despite delays, Shell has robust summer program in Arctic


Pete Slaiby, head of Shell’s Alaska operations, says his company has budgeted $130 million for its 2010 work in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas program. This, despite the federal hold on offshore drilling. PHOTO/Michael Dinneen/for the Journal

September 17, 2010

By Tim Bradner
Alaska Journal of Commerce

Despite another holdup in Arctic outer continental shelf exploration drilling, Shell has a substantial summer research program under way in waters off the north Alaska coast, company officials in Anchorage said Sept. 14. read more

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Court Tightens Rules on Overseas Abuse Cases

In a separate opinion in the case, Second Circuit Judge Pierre Leval criticized the majority ruling. “So long as they incorporate,” he wrote, “businesses will now be free to trade in or exploit slaves, employ mercenary armies to do dirty work for despots, perform genocides or operate torture prisons for a despot’s political opponents, or engage in piracy—all without civil liability to victims.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

By NATHAN KOPPEL SEPT 18, 2010

Plaintiffs will have a harder time suing oil companies and other multinational groups over human-rights abuses overseas following a federal court ruling on Friday.

The Alien Tort Statute, a 1789 federal law that allows suits for violations of ‘the law of nations,’ has been used in recent years to target a number of U.S. companies including Chevron Corp. for alleged crimes committed overseas.

Alien tort suits have particularly targeted companies that partner with foreign governments in oil exploration. read more

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal ready for its post-Superfund life

Shell… arrived in 1952 and for three decades produced chemical pesticides, such as dieldrin, that Shell sold worldwide for agriculture.

By Bruce Finley
The Denver Post
18 Sept 2010

After 23 years and $2.1 billion, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal is ready to be removed from the nation’s Superfund list of environmental disasters.

Environmental Protection Agency officials are transferring a final 2,500 acres at the 27-square-mile site to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This clears the way for the arsenal’s new incarnation as a national wildlife refuge.

U.S. taxpayers paid for the bulk of the cleanup — done by the Army and Shell Oil under a legal settlement.

For half a century, the arsenal at Denver’s northeast edge loomed as a secretive complex of more than 250 buildings with signs around it warning “Use of Deadly Force Authorized.” There, the Army made chemical weapons and later, Shell made pesticides. read more

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