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Shell South Africa Pension Fund: Ken Purchase email with Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

RICHARD WISEMAN, CHIEF ETHICS OFFICER, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: EMAIL TO KEN PURCHASE: 19 FEBRUARY 2009

From: [email protected][mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 19 February 2009 10:08
To: [email protected][email protected]
Cc: [email protected][email protected];[email protected][email protected][email protected]
Subject: RE: The determination

As you will appreciate, this is a matter for the trustees who are independent.  I am not really in a position to respond.  However, I believe that the trustees followed the correct procedures with the benefit of outside professional advice and the surplus has now been appropriately distributed.

In the circumstances, I have no further comment to make.

Regards

Richard Wiseman

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Shell Centre, London SE1 7NA

Registered in England and Wales number 4366849
Registered Office:  Shell Centre, London, SE1
Headquarters: Carel van Bylandtlaan 30, 2596 HR
The Hague, The Netherlands

Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.shell.com <http://www.shell.com/>

REPLY TO RICHARD WISEMAN FROM KEN: 19 FEBRUARY 2009: 10.57

From: Ken Purchase <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:57:48 -0000
To: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, ‘John Donovan’ <[email protected]>
Cc: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: The determination

Do we read this as the official position of Shell?  As the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer responsible for the ethical conduct of Shell you are happy, within a couple of hours, to distance yourself from the consequences of third party advice which in our view has a significant impact on many of your past employees and is simply wrong. It appears you have taken the advice from the same source that we have a dispute with and yet you are not prepared to meet face to face to at least consider why we believe we have a significant position which as the shareholders representative for ethics at the Royal Dutch Shell Company together with your executive accountability, would I suggest place you under an obligation to learn both sides of the argument.
 
Regards
 
Ken

FURTHER EMAIL FROM KEN PURCHASE TO RICHARD WISEMAN, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC

From: Ken Purchase [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 19 February 2009 23:11
To: Wiseman, Richard RM SI-RDS-CCO; [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]; Kirima, Wanjiru W SSA-FTP; Wood, Thomas SSA-DAHS; [email protected]; [email protected]
Subject: RE: The determination

Do you stand by your comments that the trustees and Shell are totally independent when the outside professional is formatting his advice and response to me after consulting Wanjiru.Kirima and others who I believe, but may be wrong, are funded by Shell?
 
Wanjiru Krima is the Principal Officer of the Shell and SAPREF Pension Funds in South Africa. She also holds the portfolio of Global Trustee Support within the Shell Global Pensions Group. The Group is responsible for managing all Shell Global Funds.

Surely, like you she is not independent of the code of conduct that is placed on executives and that contrary to your reply much of the agenda is being driven by those who have Shells interest at heart and are not independent of Shell as you suggest. The draft as circulated by Jonathon for comment is very interesting as the changes in the final reply appear to link directly to the response he received. This makes us feel that your statement that ” However, I believe that the trustees followed the correct procedures with the benefit of outside professional advice and the surplus has now been appropriately distributed “. is in itself subject to challenge as it seems that the outside professional advice has been significantly influenced by the Shell agenda and that in doing this you may not have complied with or checked your actions against the Human Rights and Code of Conduct obligations that the group expects of all senior employees. A list of thousands whom have not been contacted simply needs to be explained and compared to those who received the surplus.

See copy of email below which we were very surprised to receive alongside the response.
 
Kind regards
 
Ken Purchase

REPLY FROM RICHARD WISEMAN TO KEN PURCHASE EMAIL OF 19 FEBRUARY 2009

From: [email protected][mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 24 February 2009 09:14
To: [email protected]; [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
Subject: RE: The determination

Yes.

Regards

Richard Wiseman

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Shell Centre, London SE1 7NA

Registered in England and Wales number 4366849
Registered Office:  Shell Centre, London, SE1
Headquarters: Carel van Bylandtlaan 30, 2596 HR
The Hague, The Netherlands

Email: [email protected]

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