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Shell did not just steal our ideas

 Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, former chair of Shell. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian


Mr Donovan has brought to my attention Shell’s Statement of General Business Principles and a speech by Shell Chairman Mr Mark Moody-Stuart delivered on 8th October 1997. The following are extracts from the relevant speech:

“Commercial activity not only can be, but should be, undertaken with positive underlying values – ethical and moral. The Statement of General Business Principles constitutes a set of basic core values – honesty, integrity and respect for people … We do not bend these Principles. They are non-contestable and non-negotiable. If an employee fails to uphold these values he or she no longer belongs with us”.

Despite this statement Shell has not sacked Mr AJL or his accomplices. I assume that like my company, the other companies involved in the long drawn out tender process abided strictly by the normal  ethical rules. Mr AJL, with the support of tis colleagues, Mr Hannagan and Mr Watson, self evidently did not do so. I suffered significant losses as a consequence of being deceived by Mr AJL to participate in a tender process that was corrupted by his indefensible conduct. 

(The initials AJL have been substituted for the name of the relevant former Shell executive. Despite his inspiring comments above, Moody-Stuart supported the throughly dishonest conduct of AJL)

Extracts from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally)

Extracted from pages 145 and 146

The Shell executive to whom we disclosed our promotional concepts in strictest confidence did not just poach ideas from us. We were not alone. We found out from discovery documents that other parties complained of the same problem involving the same unethical Shell executive. He was nonetheless able to genuinely claim the support of senior Shell executives for his reprehensible activities that were totally at odds with Shell’s claimed Business Principles. Honesty, integrity, etc.

Shell’s retained sales promotion agency, Senior King, complained in writing to Shell senior management about the lack of ethics displayed by Shell’s National Promotions Manager AJL in his dealings with them.

I found evidence of how AJL had also misled the previously mentioned John Armstrong-Homes who put up a promotional idea to Shell. His witness statement is self-explanatory. The same applies to a witness statement from a Mr. Mike McMahon.

Witness Statement of John Armstrong-Holmes 

Witness Statement of Mike McMahon

I was the only victim of AJL brave (or foolish) enough to sue Shell.

For some unknown reason, Shell UK executives decided to give AJL their full support despite all that had come to light.

That decision changed my life.

After Shell repudiated the compromise settlement I was sufficiently fired up to launch a website focussed on Shell and have personally posted tens of thousands of news articles about Shell onto the Internet.

I thought it was time someone held the company to account.  I have not done anything unlawful. I have excised my right to free speech, using the Internet instead of a soapbox.

I have been able to help many other parties who have a grievance against Shell or have campaigned against the oil giant.

In so doing I have come across all kinds of inappropriate behavior by Shell directly at odds with its pledges of honesty, integrity, transparency etc in Shell’s claimed business principles.

It is fair to say that I have become well aware of the dark side of Royal Dutch Shell.

My father and I owned two houses when AJL came on the scene and as a result of Shell backing a thoroughly dishonest executive, both properties, one in grounds of nearly an acre, had to be sold as a direct consequence of the litigation.

The bouts of sinister machinations by Shell over many years have fired me up to devote a very considerable amount of my time every day, 7 days a week, to focusing attention on what I consider to be an evil company with a horrendous track record.

Extracts end.

Working links for the Witness Statements are contained in the ebook.

This website and sisters,,,, and, are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia segment.

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