Thursday, December 09, 2010

Tiny Taste of Contradiction

"As we work to help meet the world’s growing energy needs we aim to bring benefits to local communities and reduce impacts of our operations, including tackling greenhouse gas emissions. We look after our people and our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people have been laid out in the Shell General Business Principles for over 30 years."

Source: Shell website

Well and as Shell is certainly a most honourable company who would believe the following?

The oil giant Shell claimed it had inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians' every move in the oil-rich Niger Delta, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable.
The company's top executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew "everything that was being done in those ministries". She boasted that the Nigerian government had "forgotten" about the extent of Shell's infiltration and was unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations.

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  1. Reading the rest of the cable I think one commenter summed it up pretty good:
    "Take the 's' out of Shell and there you go."

  2. "our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people"

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! (Sorry, but I can't think of any other way to respond to this utterance...)

  3. Janice,
    ach, sometimes I wish such a place existed.

    Yep. They must have the same ghost of a writer like Monsanto & Co.

    ... because you know that successful benefactors have many enviers?

    Indeed. And both we know that the masters and mistresses of Shell have the same core values as Trafigura and certain lawyers.

  4. I'm shell shocked, Sean. I don't think I shell recovered by the confusing choc of noble ideas clashing with vile actions.