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Campaigners cheer a bad week for Shell

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Campaigners in Canada protesting proposed drilling in the Arctic. Tavis Ford under a Creative Commons Licence

By Kevin Smith

It’s been a bad week for Shell. On the international stage, a lawsuit from indigenous communities and environmental groups has scuppered their chances of drilling for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, while in London, it was announced that Shell was no longer going to be the sponsor for the 14/15 Classic Series at the Southbank Centre. Two events of a very different scale to each other, and on different sides of the world, but connected through the concept of the ‘social licence to operate’.

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