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Alleged Shell Irish Bribes Scandal

“…Shell funded alcohol was allegedly distributed to the Police, a gift not conducive to the well-being, safety and demeanor of police officers. The booze was allegedly delivered to senior on duty officers, with delivery being made at Police premises in one instance.”: “Some of the wording on the purported invoice seems strangely reminiscent of the prohibition era in the USA. Somebody trying to conceal the illicit transportation of alcohol.”

EMAIL DATED 15 April 2013 FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO LINDA SZYMANSKI, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC CHIEF ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE OFFICER.

Dear Linda Szymanski

I sent emails to you on 28 March 2013 and 29 March 2013 (also copied to Michiel Brandjes) concerning allegations made by a former Shell supplier OSSL, that Shell E&P Ireland has engaged in widespread corruption of the Irish Police force. According to OSSL and the related purported invoice dated 28 August 2012, Shell funded alcohol was allegedly distributed to the Police, a gift not conducive to the well-being, safety and demeanor of police officers. The booze was allegedly delivered to senior on duty officers, with delivery being made at Police premises in one instance. read more

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Corruption and Leadership: An Endless Cycle?

By Meika Jensen

Corruption is a growing issue in a world that is nearing complete transparency – these problems are not out in the open. Many schools, from top undergraduate business programs to top masters degree programs, are taking them on with increased education, but what about the professional world which already exists?

In 2008, Pricewaterhouse Coopers commissioned a study on corporate corruption entitled Confronting Corruption. In the study, some astounding levels of corruption were revealed. Of the 390 senior executives interviewed for the study, sixty-three percent stated that they had experienced some form of corruption, while forty-five percent stated that their company had forgone business opportunities in a particular market, environment or sector because that area was feared to be corrupted. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell attempt to undermine anti-corruption initiative

Royal Dutch Shell has taken action in an attempt to neutralize planned anti-corruption transparency rules that would force Shell, and other natural resource companies, to disclose all payments to foreign regimes.

By John Donovan

The Financial Times reports that Royal Dutch Shell has taken action in an attempt to neutralize planned anti-corruption transparency rules that would force Shell, and other natural resource companies, to disclose all payments to foreign regimes.

The new rules are intended to cover EU and US quoted businesses.

Their purpose is to identify corrupt regimes receiving major income from extractive industries, including oil and gas, who siphon off the proceeds.

According to the FT, Shell CFO Simon Henry has written to the UK business minister, Norman Lamb, setting out the oil giants concerns and pushing a series of alternative proposals, which would dilute the anti-corruption rules. read more

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From our archives: Viewpoint: Sex, drugs and natural gas royalties

The inspector general found an e-mail from some dork at Shell Pipeline to a woman in the federal royalty office, asking her to join him at a tailgate party before a Houston Texans football game: “Have you and the girls meet at my place at 6 a.m. for bubble baths…

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Viewpoint: Sex, drugs and natural gas royalties

By Carl Hiaasen
September 17, 2008

People always say the Bush administration is in bed with the oil companies, but it turns out to be literally true.

According to the Interior Department, some government officials in charge of collecting oil and gas royalties smoked pot, snorted cocaine and had sex with employees of big energy firms.

Meanwhile, the rest of us were getting screwed at the gas pump.

Three reports delivered last week to Congress portray “a culture of ethical failure” in which employees of the federal Minerals Management Service often accepted gifts from oil and gas interests, steered lucrative contracts to cronies and partied hard with those with whom they did business on behalf of the U.S. taxpayer. read more

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WikiLeaks: Shell’s astonishing revelations about Nigerian corruption

By John Donovan

This U.S. diplomatic cable, classified as “secret”, reports on a briefing given to the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin R. Sander, in February 2009  by Shell Executive VP, Ann Pickard, now Country Chairman of Shell Australia.

During a discussion of the high level of corruption in Nigeria, Pickard gave as an example, a bribery demand by Nigerian Attorney General Aondoakaa that he would sign a document only if paid $2 million immediately, and another $18 million the next day. read more

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Shell Pays $10 Million Fine to Nigerian Government

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo – Dec 22, 2010 7:58 PM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc paid $10 million in fines to the Nigerian government over alleged bribes paid on its behalf by Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG, to Nigerian customs officials, Justice Minister Mohammed Adoke said.

The settlement is part of a broader resolution of bribery allegations involving companies operating in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer and most populous nation. JGC Corp. of Japan has “proposed settlement talks” in connection to its role in a $180 million bribery case, Adoke told reporters today in Abuja, the capital. No one answered phone calls to JGC’s office in Tokyo outside normal business hours. Tony Okonedo, Shell’s Lagos-based spokesman, declined to comment when reached on his mobile phone today. A message left outside normal business hours for Martin Spohn, spokesman for Basel, Switzerland-based Panalpina, was not immediately returned. read more

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More on Graft and Corruption at Shell Oil USA

Shell Oil Manager on gifts (bribes) given to Shell employees by vendors:

“And yes John, there are acceptable levels of gifts, and if you do not think there are then you are living in la la land.”

FURTHER COMMENT BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

When I was at Shell Research many years ago I was in a position of evaluating vendor services and making recommendations about those services to the rest of the company.

The two biggest companies I dealt with were, of course, Schlumberger and Halliburton. My work required access to proprietary material from both companies so it was absolutely imperative that the relationships were kept completely professional.

As such, I would not allow these guys to buy me so much as a bottle of Coke. Nor would I buy their people so much as a Coke. When you are in such a position you can not play favorites and you cannot get ‘cozy’ with any particular vendor or with any of their people. It is inevitable that you do develop ‘professional’ relationships with your contacts in these companies, but they must be kept ‘professional’. I essentially followed the ethical standards of conduct of the US Navy’s Naval Reactor Program Office in my dealings with the vendors, which I was familiar with. read more

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Graft and Corruption at Shell Oil USA

BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

When I worked for Shell USA years ago we had an incident with one of our major supplies of oil field services. As it happened the VP of marketing complained to our Shell VP in New Orleans about the fact that their service reps kept handing out free tickets to ball games, took the engineers out to dinner, etc., but that they weren’t ‘getting any’ business. This particular vendor marketing VP thought that Shell’s engineering staff were taking advantage of them (which they were) and they wanted some business in return for all the ‘favors’, etc., they had done for the staff. read more

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: THE MOST EVIL COMPANY ON THE PLANET?

*CORPORATE TERRORISM AGAINST A FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NAZI SECRETS EXPOSED
*INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: GALE NORTON, SHELL SCANDAL
*Shell employee guinea pigs in study of carcinogenic properties
*1000?s of Shell workers asked to reapply for their own jobs
*SEX, DRUGS & CORRUPTION IN USA SPONSORED BY SHELL
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NIGERIAN CORRUPTION SCANDAL
*WIKILEAKS: SHELL EMBEDDED SPIES IN NIGERIAN GOV
*Shell embedded spies in governments of Nigeria, Dubai and Iraq
*PDF ORIGINAL ARTICLE SHELL EMBEDDED SPIES IN NIGERIA
*SHELL SETTLES CLAIM FOR MURDER & TORTURE IN NIGERIA
*SHELL COMPLICITY IN NIGERIAN MURDER OF CIVILIANS
*UNLOVEABLE SHELL, THE GODDESS OF OIL (NIGERIA +)
*CLEAN-UP FOR NIGER DELTA AND SHELL’S REPUTATION
*Shell fueled Nigerian violence by paying rival militant gangs
*SHELL CHIEF HAD A PRIVATE ARMY (IN NIGERIA)
*SHELL PAYS $10 MILLION CORRUPTION FINE TO NIGERIANS
*SHELL ACCEPTS LIABILITY FOR TWO OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA
*NIGER DELTA CRISIS THREATENED SHELL’S GLOBAL BRAND
*SHELL GLOBAL SPYING ON ITS OWN EMPLOYEES
*DEATH THREATS AGAINST SHELL WHISTLEBLOWERS?
*Irish Police investigate death threats to Shell whistleblowers
*SHELL “TOUCH F*** ALL” OIL RIG SAFETY CULTURE
*PAYBACK TIME FOR CORPORATE VILLAINS?
*SHELL HIDES ITS TRADING WITH FANATICAL IRANIAN REGIME
*SHELL HID TRADING IN IRAQ OIL IN VIOLATION OF EMBARGO
*SHELL IN BED WITH GADDAFI, STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM
*SHELL INVOLVEMENT IN AL-YAMAMAH OIL FOR ARMS SCANDAL
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL WORLDS LARGEST “SPECULATOR”
*Shell accused of supporting Syrian regime
*Whistleblower accuses Shell of psychological torture
*Blood for oil? (The invasion of Iraq)
*Why is Shell still present and operating in Syria?
*SHELL EVEN DEFRAUDED ITS OWN SHAREHOLDERS
*IRREGULARITIES IN A SHELL TENDER PROCESS read more

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Investor Investigation of Royal Dutch Shell $48M Settlement of Foreign Bribery charges

Nov 22, 2010 – After Royal Dutch Shell plc agreed to pay more than $48 in relation to Foreign Bribery allegations an investigation on behalf of current long term investors in Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) concerning whether certain officer and directors can be held liable was announced.

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Shell Nigerian Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. to pay $30 million criminal fine

Posted on Shell Blog by “old nigeria hand” on Sunday Nov 14th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

RESPONSE TO: What did Shell Oil President John Hofmeister know about corruption in Nigeria?

Panalpina and Hofmeister, bribes in Nigeria. I am certain that the top management knew all about the goings on. About 5 years ago a scandal nearly erupted but was quenched. (Or as the say in Nigeria: ‘de disting was quench-oh by de Oga’.

SPDC had made around 500 million dollars disappear over the years to all kind of community projects. No trails could be found in the books. And this for a company that should be able to trace every dollar spent anywhere. Because it is shareholder’s or taxpayer’s money. So I am sure that Hofmeister et all just assumed the bribes via Panalpina would disappear in the great wash. I am not an accountant. But as an engineer I know we can and must and do certify for instance every weld on long pipelines. The exact location, date of weld, weldingrods used, name of welder, and an X-ray photo is included. If you can do that, you should be able to trace every dollar spent? Unless you don’t want to?!? read more

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What did Shell Oil President John Hofmeister know about corruption in Nigeria?

By a former employee of Shell Oil USA

The Panalpina investigation began in 2007. The investigation covers the time period of 2002 -2007. That means, of course, that Shell’s transgressions occurred during John Hofmeister’s term of service at Shell. One has to wonder what his involvement in the bribery schemes were. I am certain that he was fully aware of what was going on, given that he was President of Shell USA from 2005 -2008. Someone had to ‘sign for’ and approve the millions of dollars used for that purpose. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Panalpina Nigerian Corruption Scandal

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Shell should have a small swastika on its logo

Comment from a former employee of Shell Oil USA

John,

You have Shell’s dirty laundry hanging on line again.

I am certain Shell is very unhappy about the publication of that ‘Cease and Desist’ order, etc., for all Shell employees and loyalists to read.

U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION CEASE AND DESIST ORDER: ROYAL DUTCH SHELL BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION

I have also read much of your nine parts on Shell and the Nazis. This was a revisit to my history classes when I was in college. I am very familiar with much of what you published. read more

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U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION CEASE AND DESIST ORDER: ROYAL DUTCH SHELL BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Before the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 Release No. 63243 / November 4, 2010

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING ENFORCEMENT Release No. 3204 / November 4, 2010

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING File No. 3-14107

In the Matter of ROYAL DUTCH SHELL plc,
and
SHELL INTERNATIONAL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION INC.,
Respondents.

ORDER INSTITUTING CEASE- AND-DESIST PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 21C OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934, MAKING FINDINGS, AND IMPOSING SANCTIONS AND A CEASE-AND- DESIST ORDER read more

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Shell Bribes Among ‘Culture of Corruption’

The company said Shell’s Nigerian employees “specifically requested Panalpina Nigeria to provide false invoices with line items to mask the nature of the bribes.” Shell wanted to “hide the nature of the payments to avoid suspicion if anyone audited the invoices,” Panalpina said.

Shell separately admitted paying $2 million to Nigerian subcontractors on its deepwater Bonga Project. Shell knew some money would go as bribes to Nigerian officials to circumvent the customs process and give the company “an improper advantage,” according to its admission in federal court in Houston.

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Shell Bribes Among ‘Culture of Corruption,’ Panalpina Admits

November 05, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

By David Voreacos and Laurel Brubaker Calkins

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — Bribes paid on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Nigerian unit came from “a culture of corruption” that Panalpina World Transport Holding Ltd., a Swiss freight forwarder, admitted in a U.S. court yesterday.

Panalpina, Shell and five oil services companies agreed to pay $236.5 million to settle probes by the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. Panalpina, which admitted to bribing government officials in seven nations, will pay $81.5 million, and Shell will pay $48.1 million. read more

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