Comment on OPL 245 scandal by Bill Campbell, retired HSE Group Auditor, Royal Dutch Shell International
My experience after many years especially as an Auditor for the then SIEP and then RDS is that compliance with the aforestated principles diminishes exponentially the nearer you get to the Boardroom.
Cannot see why a prosecution could not go ahead and be successful, it appears abundantly clear from the correspondence that handouts to certain individuals would be required to secure a deal and many senior officers in the RDS organisation were aware of this and were complicit indirectly or directly. Their defence may be well that’s what it takes to operate with Nigeria but that is not a pertinent defence in international law and dare I state the obvious that this behaviour is a million miles from the intent of those wonderfully worded but completely ignored business principles that all in RDS from Chairman to office boy are supposed to hold as sacrosanct. My experience after many years especially as an Auditor for the then SIEP and then RDS is that compliance with the aforestated principles diminishes exponentially the nearer you get to the Boardroom. Time will tell.
Comment by Bruce Culpepper, Shell’s current US Country Chairman and Shell Oil Company President.
Paranthetically, regarding the Business Integrity Department, in early 2016, Bruce Culpepper, Shell’s US Country Chairman and Shell Oil Company President, told Mr. Oaks that the department, “could not investigate their way out of a wet paper bag,” “they cannot investigate worth a shit,” and that he “did not want those fuckers involved,” in a specific situation.
A comment attributed to Bruce Culpepper by the former Head of Shell Security in the USA, former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III in this recent 80-page legal document.