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This implies that the King does not own shares in Shell, which has seen lots of negative publicity in the Netherlands and abroad over the past years…

King Willem-Alexander has no shares in companies that have the ‘Royal’ predicate, according to a message that appeared on the Koninklijk Huis website on Thursday. This implies that the King does not own shares in Shell, which has seen lots of negativeover the past years, ANP reports.

“The predicated does not mean that the company involved is a supplier or has a different relationship with the Royal Family”, the message reads. It does not state whether any other members of the Royal Family have or had shares in Royal companies.  

The fact that the Dutch King does not own shares in Royal companies is not a new development, government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst explained, according to the news wire. The message was now placed on the Koninklijk Huis website “to avoid ambiguity in connection with questions that have arisen about it”. 

During a recent UN visit to Nigeria, Queen Maxima was called “the largest shareholder of Shell” in local media. It has often been said and written that King Willem-Alexander, and before him Queens Wilhelmina, Juliana and Beatrix, are large shareholders of Shell. The Oranjes fell out of the picture at Shell when it was legally stipulated that shareholders who owned more than 5 percent of a company’s shares had to give them up, but that did not put an end to the stories, according to ANP.

In the Netherlands a company needs to exist for at least 100 years before it can apply for the ‘Royal’ predicate. Companies that currently have that predicate include Ahold, DSM, Gazelle, Grolsch, KLM, KPN, Philips, Schiphol, and Shell. 

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SELECTION OF NL NEWS ARTICLES RELATING TO SHELL’S REPUTATION

SHELL SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE ASSERTIVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE WARNINGS, CEO SAYS: 16 April 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP SUES SHELL OVER CLIMATE DAMAGE: 4 April 2018

GAS FIRM TO WITHHOLD SHELL, EXXON PROFITS; PROMISES CASH TO EARTHQUAKE-PRONE REGION: 31 Jan 2018

SHELL TAKEN TO COURT OVER ELECTRIC CAR CHARGERS: 4 Dec 2017

SHELL INVOLVED IN MURDER, RAPE, TORTURE IN NIGERIA: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: 28 Nov 2017

VAN GOGH MUSEUM PROTESTED OVER TIES TO SHELL: 11 Sept 2017

SHELL DIRECTOR APOLOGIZES FOR PROBLEMS AT ROTTERDAM REFINERY: 1 Aug 2017

ACID LEAK AT SHELL REFINERY ROTTERDAM; SECOND INCIDENT IN TWO DAYS: 1 Aug 2017

SHELL TO CUT 400 DUTCH JOBS: 31 July 2017

NIGERIAN WIDOWS ACCUSE SHELL OF COMPLICITY IN EXECUTION-STYLE KILLINGS: 29 July 2017

SHELL ACCUSED OF IGNORING ITS OWN CLIMATE CHANGE WARNINGS FOR DECADES: 28 Feb 2017

SHELL, EXXON APOLOGIZE FOR GRONINGEN’S FRACKING: 8 Sept 2016

SHELL ACCUSED OF BLACKMAILING GRONINGEN ON EARTHQUAKE SAFETY, REPAIRS: 25 April 2016

SHELL INVESTIGATED IN NIGERIA BRIBERY ACCUSATION: 31 Mar 2016

BRABANT SHELL PLANT LEAKING TONS OF TOXIC GAS: 4 Feb 2016

SHELL CRITICIZED FOR $1.7 BILLION TAX REFUND IN POVERTY-STRICKEN NIGERIA: 19 Jan 2016

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  • Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari met with Shell on Wednesday as part of talks that could lead to a $15 billion investment in his country.
  • Oil accounts for approximately 35 percent of Nigeria’s gross domestic product, according to OPEC.

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Daniel Leal | Olivas-WPA Pool | Getty Images: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the Commonwealth Business Forum at the Guildhall on April 18, 2018, in London, England.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met with Shell on Wednesday as part of talks he said were to secure $15 billion of investment in his country. “I saw Shell Group, they came here, they saw me, they are preparing to invest $15 billion in Nigeria… so really, we are not doing too badly,” Buhari said to applause at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday. He was speaking as part of a panel on the ease of doing business between Commonwealth countries. FULL ARTICLE

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Comment on Bill Campbell *article by “Concerned employee” (Confidential contact information supplied)

I share your sentiments wholeheartedly Bill. The company has been caught with its pants down, with senior staff most likely involved in kickbacks. How could this have got through the numerous assurance including Integrity teams, Auditors etc who all form part of the checks and balances to ensure this is easily picked up (particularly in Nigeria). Either the company is full of incompetence, or there has been a blind eye turned to such corruption. I say (a lot of) both. The amounts of money involved is not loose change. I say this problem is endemic in many of the hardship countries we do business in. Shell is dark, corrupt and dirty and I am beginning to question if I am working for a far more sinister company than I originally thought. And this is playing on my mind.

*Stunned and outraged by Shell’s denouncement of Peter Robinson 

RESPONSE FROM BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL

Concerned employee

Thank you for your comments. One of the observable symptoms of a corrupt and unethical organisation or individual is when it or they are critical of others whilst ignoring their own faults. Ben van Beurden may be, by all accounts, a nice man and perhaps the most competent chief executive RDS has had since the reserves crisis, but he exhibits a common failing that of shear hypocrisy. Remember, way back in those heady days of 1999, the first year coincidentally that the Company posted a negative reserves ratio, a younger Ben was one of a few aides de camp, protecting and assisting Phil Watts and masking this information at the time from shareholders, investors et al.

Spending many hours monk like entrenched in his office massaging the numbers, Watts did not make public our inability to legitimately post more reserves annually than the oil we were producing and this continued till it all spewed onto the streets in 2004.

I assume Ben was not stunned and outraged by his bosses behaviour, or his own, at the time. Nor it seems was he stunned and outraged by the behaviour of the despicable Malcolm Brinded both over offshore safety scandals re the operations of the Brent field, the avoidable fatalities and the subsequent cover-up, and later Brinded’s part as the main functionary in the development OPL 245 affair.

I do not know Peter Robinson, have no idea about his character but he was a colleague of van Beurden, he has perhaps a wife and family and it cannot be comfortable having your character so openly destroyed, and this being done in my eyes prematurely.

As far as we are aware no investigation by authorities is underway into Robinson, no charges are pending, for OML 46 no trial is awaited on the issues that have so stunned and outraged van Beurden.

On the other hand, whilst RDS generally wants the world to give it the benefit of the doubt over the OPL 245 affair, is very vocal its protestations of innocence, rightly so because there is a legal process awaited where guilt or innocence will be determined by a court of law, Peter Robinson by comparison is not given the same degree of latitude, not treated to the standards RDS wants to be treated, Robinson is essentially and metaphorically strung up legs jerking from the nearest tree.

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The Shame of an African Giant:: The Case of Nigeria’s Suppression of Civil Rights in Ogoni

The author, Fegalo Nsuke is the Publicity Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). 

At the inception of this administration, I had anticipated some relief for the Ogoni people not only because the new president had during his campaign pledged to implement the clean-up of Ogoniland but I had expected that the clean-up will open discussions on crucial issues affecting the Ogoni people especially the issue of the political rights to self determination.

I had hopes that president Buhari’s integrity, based on what I had heard about him and his uprightness, will not be compromised and was actually optimistic of a renewed commitment to resolve the Ogoni problem.

I was sure that president Buhari understood that in over 30 years of oil exploration in Ogoniland, an estimated $81 billion dollars had been generated from the area, excluding the huge gas potentials of the area, the revenue from the two seaports, two refineries, a petro-chemical complex and two power stations in the area.

I was equally sure that the president new that the Ogoni region from where the revenue that has built his own Katsina state, the Abuja where he lives and the beautiful places that make us proud of our country, had no water electricity, roads, and the dominant councils in the Ogoni region only budgeted about $15 million annually, just about what is generated from Ogoni in two days. Revenue from the rest of the remaining 363 days in the year where shared among Nigeria”s 36 states and administered by their governors as they wish.

The lessons from Ogoni clearly shows how much injustice is pervasive in our country. The shame is that rather than address these injustices, our country and our government has attempted to deceive the world about the true situation in Ogoniland.

Today in my Ogoniland, some villages bury as much as 13 persons in a week. When you relate this to some parts of our country, Imo state for instance, where you do not hear of deaths in one year except for very old people, you will appreciate the reality of the danger faced by the Ogoni people. Nigeria seemingly does not care about this but still furiously going after the Ogoni oil.

Our country seem not bothered about its reputation as one expected to provide leadership in the sub-region. As we speak, our country, Nigeria, still acts like one who does not use his conscience, contemplating the resumption of oil production in an Ogoniland full of working corpses called humans. Nigeria’s primary interest is the Ogoni oil and not the safety and future of the people.

It is unfortunate that despite the outrage of the 1995 hangings and the controversial death of four chiefs in 1994, Nigeria is still not committed to doing the right thing in Ogoniland.

In their usual manner characterizing a fantastically discriminatory society, the government speak of oil resumption and not the freedom from discrimination which Ogoni seek. The government focuses on lobbying chiefs and politicians who are on its payroll and not the future of the Ogoni people. While the Ogoni people are calling for respect for political rights which will allow the Ogoni function within Nigeria as a distinct ethnic group, which it is, the government canvasses the people to accept its current slave status where its resources are being used to build cities and nothing comes back to Ogoniland..

The Ogoni people have become slaves in their own country, a realization that has prompted what has become known as the “Ogoni Struggle and led by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP. Wittingly, the Ogoni people had presented a shopping list to the federal government of Nigeria noting that the Ogoni people want to control their own affairs.

Government response had been brutal, a deliberate neglect of the Ogoni region to force poverty on the people and hoping to compel the call for oil resumption in the land. That had been the attitude of a Nigeria where human rights mean little or nothing. Where the government only show strength against a peaceful and legitimate demand for fairness while it look for negotiators to intervene in cases of people who take up arms against the state like the cases of Boko Haram and the Niger Delta militants.

While the Nigerian government has appeared helpless in dealing with terrorists whom it has nicknamed herders, the armed forces display unusual dexterity of a strong army each time it is deployed against peaceful and non-violent Ogonis.

If Nigeria could be so skillful in dealing with Boko Haram, the same way it has done against civilian protestors in Ogoni, Nigeria would long have overcome its security challenges.

It is indeed a shame that our country’s strength can only be seen against an oil producing community whom it has unfairly exploited to death and in demanding for social justice has peacefully, non-violently protested this exploitation.

What Nigeria has done to the Ogoni shows that it has become a country that has lost its humanity. If Nigeria will succeed and return to the path of prosperity, it must end the discrimination and unfair exploitation of its own people. Our country must be built on social justice. In this regard, Ogonis must be respected and treated as Nigerians with equal rights with the rest of Nigeria..

The answer lies in the words of Ken Saro-Wiwa: An Ogoni State is not negotiable. An Ogoni state will indeed deliver social equality and justice for the Ogoni people, allowing the oil producing region the right to participate in Nigeria’s democracy as Ogoni people and allowing the Ogonis set their own priorities and developmental needs.

Nigeria and its government must realize that a distressed child will not stop crying because of a heavy use of the cane, he or she will stop crying when you show love and address his/her demands.Ogoni will not surrender to an oppressive Nigeria, we will remain defiant, courageously confronting Nigeria’s discriminatory policies, laws and practices until justice is delivered.

The author, Fegalo Nsuke is the Publicity Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). He wrote from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
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Comment by retired Shell International HSE Group Auditor, Bill Campbell on The Times article: Shell executive Peter Robinson took bribe, oil giant suspects

Stunned and outraged 

I find the virulent condemnation of Peter Robinson in the OML 42 affair interesting in both the timing, what happened to innocent until proven otherwise, and the strength of the rebuke I understand communicated to thousands of employees down the line, stunned and outraged, pretty strong stuff.

Van Beurden in his rather jocular now infamous wire tapped conversation with Simon Henry did not seem the least stunned and outraged by the fact that his deep state spooks were analysing on behalf of RDS who would or could receive kickbacks in the OPL245 deal. That way back in time and prior to payout the Legal Adviser Hess was advising if they went ahead it would be the best of a number of very bad potentially illegal options and Simon Henry is on record to being of the opinion that none of the Shell share circa £550 million or so would ever get into the legitimate hands of the Nigerian Treasury. So arranging kickbacks per se is ok it seems, as a means to our business ends, as long as we in New Shell do not personally pocket any of the dirty money.

Anyway folks am I alone in thinking the condemnation of Robinson is a bit too convenient, a deflection perhaps to the role of an individual although senior, who was well away from the heady surrounds of the corporate Hague, a rather convenient fall guy, honest it wis’nae us Guv, it wis our brother in arms that bad egg Peter.

Bill Campbell

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