A month has passed since the death of my father, Alfred Donovan, at the age of 96. A war disabled and decorated veteran who spent 12 years in the British Army.
I have received many moving tributes and messages of condolences from friends and critics, for which I am most sincerely grateful.
But not one word from Shell. No gallantly shown towards a formidable opponent of Shell in recent decades (and the Japanese invaders in Burma during World War 2).
The company has been well aware for several years that if it stipulates that a communication sent to me is not for publication, that stipulation would be respected. So it could have said something off the record, but chose not to make even that minimal gesture of respect.
This lack of basic human decency at Shell senior management is in my humble opinion despicable, especially since we have been accommodating to Shell, for example, in not publishing an article when we were asked not to do so by Company Secretary Michiel Brandjes in a matter concerning the death of a Shell executive.
I would do the same again in similar circumstances despite Shell’s ungentlemanly conduct in relation to my father, which I will never forget.
I spend several hours every week dealing with contact from people and companies who wrongly believe that we are Shell. Applications for jobs, sponsorship, business proposals, pension enquires, all manner of correspondence, all of which is dealt with politely knowing that we have been contacted in good faith. In accordance with written instructions from Mr Brandjes, I make the judgement on what correspondence to pass on to him and what to deal with myself. All unpaid work and without any thanks being expressed by Shell in recent years.Â
Another example of the lack of common courtesy and decency by the current people at the top of Royal Dutch Shell.