Oil & gas
World's #2 oil & gas company (after Exxon Mobil). Most of the oil giant's crude is produced in Nigeria, Oman, the UK, and the US. The company operates the world's largest retail fuel network with 44,000 petrol stations in over 90 countries.
|Royal Dutch Shell plc||NLD||website|
|Royal Dutch Shell plc|
Public Eye Awards are given to companies with the worst record in terms of environmental pollution and human rights violations. Shell received the award in 2013 for being the first major oil company to move into the fragile Arctic to drill for oil.
[Source 2013][More on Habitats]
In August and December 2008, two major oil spills disrupted the lives of the 69,000 people living in Bodo, Nigeria. Both spills continued for weeks before they were stopped. Three years on, the Shell Petroleum Development Company has still not cleaned up the oil. As the evidence in this 2011 report by Amnesty International illustrates, this continues to have catastrophic consequences for tens of thousands of people in Bodo, whose lives have been directly affected by ongoing pollution.
[Source 2011][More on Habitats]
Friends of the Earth Netherlands/ Milieudefensie, has created this campaign to hold Shell accountable for their reckless pollution in the Niger Delta. Over the last 50 years Shell has helped turn the Niger Delta into the world's largest oil spill. At least 400 million gallons of oil have been spilled, devastating an area half the size of Florida. And nothing has been done to stop this. There has been no serious clean up effort, no relief for the millions of people that live there, nothing. The campaign calls on Shell to take responsibility for the pollution they've caused.
[Source 2014][More on Habitats]
This company ranked 7th on the list of 100 oil & gas companies in the 2016 Carbon Underground 200, a ranking of fossil fuel companies being targeted for divestment. Companies are ranked by the potential carbon emissions content of their proven reserves. The reserves of these companies total almost five times more than can be burned for the world to have an 80% chance of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C.
[Source 2016][More on Climate Change]
This company appears on Global Exchange's list of Top Ten Corporate Criminals Alumni for contamination of the air and waterways of the Niger Delta and disenfranchising native Ogoni villagers by putting their health, safety, property, and well-being at stake.
[Source 2014][More on Human Rights]
As You Sow's 2016 report, Mining the Disclosures, is a deep analysis of 230 companies' human rights performance in relation to sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This company's score was below 40% (Weak).
[Source 2016][More on Human Rights]
In June 2009, Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay US$15.5 million to settle a case accusing it of taking part in human rights abuses in the Niger Delta in the early 1990s. The settlement came days before the start of a trial in New York that was expected to reveal extensive details of Shell's activities in the Niger Delta. This ended a long legal battle that began in 1995, shortly after Shell's most prominent critic at the time in Nigeria, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was hanged by that country's military regime after protesting the company's environmental practices in the oil-rich delta, especially in his native Ogoni region. Shell deny any role in the death.
[Source 2009][More on Human Rights]
Platform's 2013 report 'Making a Killing: Oil Companies, Tax Avoidance and Subsidies' accuses Shell of large scale UK tax avoidance. Shell receives major government support including direct subsidies and military and diplomatic services, but seem to pay very small amounts of UK tax in comparison to their global profits. BP and Shell are particularly committed to tax havens, with more tax-dodging subsidiaries than their competitors: 605 and 523 high-secrecy subsidiaries respectively.
[Source 2013][More on Finance]
Public Eye Awards are given to companies with the worst record in terms of environmental pollution and human rights violations. Shell has been pumping oil and flaring gas in the Niger delta since 1956, irrespective of the adverse impact of its operations on local communities, their livelihoods and the environment. The company refuses to assume liability for the damage it causes. Listed under information due to age of award.
[Source 2005][More on Habitats]
This company appeared eighth on RepRisk's top ten "most environmentally and socially controversial companies of 2010". Companies on the list were severely criticised during 2010 by the world's media, governments and NGOs. Criticisms of Shell include bribery and tax evasion allegations, environmental concerns in Texas, Sao Paulo and Australia, and mistreating communities in countries like Brazil, Nicaragua, Nigeria and Ireland. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
[Source 2010][More on Human Rights]
This company has been criticised by ActionAid for having subsidiaries in tax havens. One of the main reasons companies have subsidiaries in tax havens is to dodge their taxes. Developing countries lose more to tax dodging than they receive in aid each year.
[Source 2011][More on Finance]
Royal Dutch Shell PLC is listed on the Federal Contractor Misconduct Database as having 34 instances of misconduct since 1995 amounting to US$1327.5 million in penalties. Instances include underpayment of royalties, contamination, bribery and pollution.
[Source 2013][More on Governance]
After heavy campaigning by Greenpeace Shell announced it would abandon plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic in 2013.
[Source 2013][More on Habitats]
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: develop low carbon action plan.
[Source 2016][More on Climate Change]
The Female FTSE Board Report 2015 examines the percentage of women on the UK's FTSE 100 boards of directors. This company was one of 41 in the FTSE 100 with at least 25% female directors.
[Source 2015][More on Workers Rights]
This company is a strategic member of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaborative effort of environmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, energy companies and other stakeholders committed to safe, environmentally responsible shale resource development (ie. fracking).
[Source 2014][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company received a score of 59.8/100 in the Newsweek Green Rankings 2016, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
[Source 2016][More on Sustainability Reporting]
As You Sow's 2016 report, 'Disclosing the Facts: Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations', benchmarks 28 companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') against investor needs for disclosure of operational impacts and mitigation efforts. This company disclosed information on 15 of the 43 indicators (which was actually better than half of the other companies in the report) related to management of toxic chemicals, water and waste, air emissions, methane leakage and community impacts.
[Source 2016][More on Governance]
Green America's Responsible Shopper provides details about the corporate responsibility records of well-known companies. Follow the link to see this company's profile. [Last updated 2009]
The Corporate Research Project's Corporate Rap Sheets are dossiers summarising the most significant crimes, violations and other questionable activities of the world's largest and most controversial companies. Follow link to see this company's Corporate Rap Sheet. "For the past decade it has been a frequent target of criticism by human-rights campaigners because of its practices in Nigeria and by environmental campaigners because of contamination, leaks, explosions and other toxic events at many of its operations around the world."
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
This company is listed on the Facing Finance website as a company that manufactures weapons or profits from violations of human rights, pollution, corruption, or international law. Follow link for further details.
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||US$482 billion in 2012|
|# Employees||87,000 in 2012|
|Subsidiaries||Shell Australia Ltd|
|Address||The Hague, Netherlands|