(Richard Wiseman, Shell International Petroleum
Company Ltd General Counsel – Mergers & Acquisitions).
Article by John Donovan
Monday 5 February 2007
We receive a fairly constant flow from Shell insiders of leaked confidential and often highly sensitive Royal Dutch Shell information, including emails, documents, reports and internal presentations. We have on occasion published a Shell internal email from Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer on the very day that he sent it.
Last week we received a communication from a Shell insider concerning “business continuity management” – a purported plan for Shell to continue its business activities in the event of a major disruption.
We are not talking about Shell executives retreating into their hardened bunkers in the event of a BP hostile takeover, nor the prospect of campaigners invading a Shell HQ building, as they once did at Shell-Mex House (barricading themselves into two senior management offices and the corporate library). We are not even talking about a serious, hopefully once off incident, such as the recent car bomb explosion at a Shell car park compound in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
The communication is in relation to contingency plans for a major emergency which cater for the fact, as indicated below, that oil company Country HQ offices are strategic targets. Hence they are likely to be targeted in case of war or incapacitated in the event of an attack on a City Center by terrorists, perhaps using weapons of mass destruction.
It follows that all major oil companies have to make business continuity plans. The issues raised in the communication we received are in regard to whether the needs, feelings and safety of Shell employees and their families are being properly taken into account. There are also claims of a “stern” reaction, and even disregard, when legitimate concerns have allegedly been expressed.
The following are extracts from the relevant communication.
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