By Bill Campbell (above), retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International
On the subject of the integrity of Royal Dutch Shell Chairman, Jorma Ollila, raised by former Shell executive, Paddy Briggs, the information below was copied to Nokia yesterday, it should be self explanatory, if Nokia do not act they could find themselves guilty by association:
The attached information explains why Royal Dutch Shell along with the UK Oil Industry Health and Safety Regulator the HSE are currently being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Scotland.
Mr Ollila is very much aware of this and can explain the details.
I raised these matters a long time ago (in 2007) with Ollila at the time he joined Shell, and his reply is also attached.
The reply from Ollila so contradicts the facts determined by the prosecutors in their ongoing investigation that it puts Ollila in personal jeopardy as being complicit in covering up alleged criminal offences.
You need to bring this to the attention of your Board.
Ollila has committed his organisation in RDS to co-operate with the investigation by the CPS and the Police.
I have for some weeks been asking Ollila to issue a statement that he now accepts that the press releases made by Shell in June 2006 were false and misleading, ignored the findings of their own internal investigation, and were highly defamatory to me.
He has refused to do this although this repeated failure supports my case put to the CPS and Grampian Region (Aberdeenshire) Police that Ollila be considered complicit in the covering up of criminal offences by his Executive Directors, what is termed as an *accessory after the fact. That is usually defined as – whoever, knowing that an offence has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact; one who knowing a felony to have been committed by another, receives, relieves, comforts, or assists the felon in order to hinder the felon’s apprehension, trial, or punishment
This has implications to the good reputation of Nokia because Ollila is in simple terms your employee, an employee who sits at the pinnacle of the governance process not only of Shell but of Nokia, and a fellow not shy at being critical of the wrongdoing of others.
I note your Values, Code of Conduct etc etc as per your web site and all I would ask of Nokia in this matter is to honour your public statements.
The best way to get to the crux of all this unholy mess is simply to ask Ollila would he be prepared to reiterate the statements made on his behalf and that of the RDS board, see attached letter in 2007? I think you will find he would not.
Is he prepared in any way, shape or form to defend his reputation by taking action against me for defamation? Surely he would do this if they were of no substance. Again the answer I am sure will be no.
So the longer Ollila pontificates the more deeply into the mire he is engulfed and this will have implications for Nokia if you do not make any efforts to protect your reputation.
Perhaps your Board can get Ollila to look at this more objectively and help him to comprehend that it is not just his reputation that is at risk, not just that of RDS also, but through association Nokia.
Further email to Nokia from Bill Campbell sent 5 August 2009
Correspondence and articles in this website are picked up regularly by Industry watchers and investment groups, note the comments about Ollila made by me and others, if you wish to reduce the risks to your reputation you need to act timeously