Royal Dutch Shell Oil ‘Watchdog’ Website

03 Environmental Degradation, Commercial Intelligence, Corporations, Corruption

Mission is an entirely non-commercial website

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 been 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:

Shell employees in Africa protest against being ’sold’ by Shell

In the wake of Shell “lies corruption, despoliation and death”: “Unloveable Shell, the Goddess of Oil”

Examples from Wikipedia

Environmental Issues

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

Safety Issues

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
  • 30 Change of early retirement scheme in Ethiopia
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