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Shell lack of transparency about corruption

By John Donovan

It is interesting to consider Shell’s current overview approach to the disclosure of corruption and bribery activity involving Shell and its employees/contractors, compared with the detailed information supplied in past years. 

e.g. from The Shell Report 2004

In 2004, we provide the number of proven incidents of bribery and fraud gathered by our internal audit system and reported to the Group Audit Committee – 16 bribery incidents and 123 fraud cases were reported, resulting in the dismissal or resignation of 203 staff and contractors. We will continue to improve our detection and data quality.”

Where can Shell shareholders access similar detailed current information, so direct comparisons can be made? Is Shell keeping the detailed information to itself?

Thus far, I can only find the overview below with no detail.

SHELL ANNUAL REPORT YEAR ENDED December 31, 2016

From page 15

Violations of anti-bribery and corruption laws and anti-money laundering laws carry fines and expose us and/or our employees to criminal sanctions and civil suits.
In 2010, we agreed to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the US Department of Justice for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which arose in connection with our use of the freight-forwarding firm Panalpina. In 2013, following our fulfilment of the terms of the DPA, the criminal charges filed in connection with the DPA were dismissed.

Authorities in various countries are investigating our investment in Nigerian oil block OPL 245 and the 2011 settlement of litigation pertaining to that block. On January 27, 2017, the Nigeria Federal High Court issued an Interim Order of Attachment for oil block OPL 245, pending the conclusion of the investigation. Shell has applied to discharge this order on constitutional and procedural grounds. On February 14, 2017, we received notice of the request of indictment from the Italian prosecution office in Milan with respect to this matter.

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