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Society takes over control at Shell. What now?


Society takes over control at Shell. What now?

Pieter Couwenbergh 

Ben van Beurden was pushed out of Shell’s drivers seat on Wednesday by the judge, who was loudly encouraged by Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

Even within the bastion of the Shell head office on Carel van Bylandtlaan in The Hague, there is dissatisfaction with the own organization. Outgoing chairman of the board Charles Holliday told the last shareholders’ meeting that an employee told him in 2015 that his 13-year-old daughter at school doesn’t tell anyone where her father works. “She’s ashamed of what I do,” the employee told Holliday. It’s the kind of shame that change takes.


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