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Subject: Shell & Diversity
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: lizardnation-ga
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Posted: 24 Jun 2002 06:08 PDT
Expires: 01 Jul 2002 06:08 PDT
Question ID: 32305

How well are Shell doing in their Diversity efforts in comparison to competitors?

An idea response would include the following areas:

1. What they're better at than others.
2. What they're lacking at than others.
3. Where they've had the most improvement in recent years.
4. Where they've had the least improvement in recent years.
5. Any survey results that compares them to their competitors by staff.

Thank you.


Clarification of Question by lizardnation-ga on 24 Jun 2002 09:49 PDT
Just in case this question was not obviously clear to be concerned
with employment diversity, being under the Business and Money >
Employment category. :-)


Request for Question Clarification by eiffel-ga on 24 Jun 2002 10:34 PDT
Are you asking about Shell internationally, or in some specific

Are you asking about employment diversity with respect to a particular
legislative framework, or more generally?

Clarification of Question by lizardnation-ga on 24 Jun 2002 12:38 PDT
Hello Eiffel,

I'm concerned with the Shell Corporation as a whole, their corporate
effort in the above and beyond legislative minimum requirements.  Most
of these energy companies pass the requirements, but the standards
they are operating at now seem to be much higher.

Did I clarify things or worsen them? :-)

Subject: Re: Shell & Diversity
Answered By: runix-ga on 24 Jun 2002 21:59 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Here’s information on your 5 questions. 
I have to say that the best information I could find was at


 Human Rights  In December 2000, Shell was one of seven oil companies
to sign on to a set of voluntary principles designed to curb human
rights abuses by security forces at facilities in developing
countries.  -- The Oil Daily, December 26, 2000

Global Warming  Royal Dutch/Shell pulled out of the Global Climate
Coalition, a lobbying group that opposes the Kyoto climate treaty on
the grounds that there is insufficient evidence to prove climate
change exists.  -- Environmental News Network

Sustainability  In 2000, Shell set up the Shell Foundation, which
committed $30 million towards research into sustainable energy and
sustainable communities efforts.  -- Shell

Environmentally-friendly Initiatives  By 1998, Shell companies
worldwide had met the targets established by the Kyoto protocol, which
calls for an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by
developed countries of at least 5.2 percent by 2008-2012 compared to
1990. The Shell Group aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from
1990 by more than 10 percent in 2002. It also aims to continue to
exceed the Kyoto target by 2010 by reducing greenhouse emissions from
its own operations and by helping its customers reduce their own
emissions, mainly by providing them fuels with a lower carbon content
and offering renewable energy choices.  -- Earth Times News Service

Environmentally-friendly Initiatives  In October 2001, Shell Chemicals
announced it began selling soft drink manufacturers more than 60
percent of the excess carbon dioxide produced at its Alberta, Canada
plants. Air Liquide, the purchaser of the carbon dioxide, is
processing it for use to carbonate soft drinks. Carbon dioxide, blamed
by some scientists for being a principal cause of global warming, is
produced as a byproduct of fuel combustion and some chemical
processes. The plant's carbon dioxide had previously been vented into
the atmosphere as a waste product. Shell said it eventually would sell
62,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year to Air Liquide.  -- Environmental
News Network, Oct. 30, 2001

Sustainability  Shell International has committed to comply with the
Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, a "framework for voluntary
reporting of the economic, environmental, and social impact" of
corporate practices. The Guidelines were developed by the Global
Reporting Initiative (GRI), formed by the Coalition for
Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) and the United Nations
Environment Programme, in an effort to increase the level of
sustainability reporting.  -- Global Reporting Initiative

Human Rights  In March 2001, the United States Supreme Court allowed
Royal Dutch Petroleum and its sister company Shell Transport and
Trading to be sued in the United States for allegedly encouraging the
torture and murder of environmental activists in Nigeria by the
Nigerian government. The 1996 case, filed in federal court in
Manhattan, was brought by the families of Ken Saro- Wiwa and John
Kpuinen, two activists who were executed for leading opposition to
Royal Dutch/Shell Group's oil exploration activities in the Ogoni
region of Nigeria. The Supreme Court rejected the company's claims
that U.S. courts lack jurisdiction over alleged overseas violations of
international law. The lawsuit alleged Royal Dutch/Shell Group's
Nigerian affiliate -- Shell Petroleum Development of Nigeria -- took
land for oil development without paying adequate compensation and then
polluted the region's air and water.  -- Daily News (New York), March
27, 2001

Chemical Spills or Accidents  In late April 2001, an abandoned and
damaged Shell oil well in Nigeria spilled oil in a local village
inhabited by 100,000 people. Before being capped, the escaping gas and
fumes caused minor illnesses in the surrounding community. Local
fishermen complained the deepening pool of oil ruined their fishing
livelihood. The well had been abandoned by Shell in 1993 after it was
forced out of the area because of protests by the Ogoni people who
said the well was causing local pollution and leaving them
impoverished. The company, which sent in a team of specialists to cap
the oil flow, said that because it was forced to leave the area so
rapidly it only secured two of its 16 wells properly. It also claimed
that the leaking well might have been sabotaged. After capping the
leak the oil specialists were briefly taken hostage by the Ogonis, but
were shortly released.  -- Calgary Herald, May 6, 2001

Global Warming  According to Shell's 2000 Annual Report, Shell
Petroleum Development Corporation operating in Nigeria burns 1 billion
cubic feet of natural gas into the sky each day. In most oil-producing
countries, operators reinject natural gas back into the ground if they
are not recapturing it for future sale as fuel. But the Nigerian
delta's geography makes reinjection difficult and costly. "Gas flaring
in Nigeria is one of the world's largest sources of global warming
pollutants," according to Stephen Mills, director of the Sierra Club's
International Program.  -- Christian Science Monitor

Human Rights  In February 2002, the U.S. Federal Court in New York
denied a motion by Shell to dismiss a case accusing the company of
colluding with the Nigerian government in human rights abuses in the
mid-1990s. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, the families of Nigerian writer
and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and youth leader John Kpuinen, who were
hung for 1995 after being found guilty of the murder of Ogoni tribal
leaders by a Nigerian tribunal. The two men had actively protested
against Shell over the company's environmental devastation of Ogoni
tribal lands in the Niger Delta.  --

Superfund Sites  In February 2002, an appeals court ruled that Shell
and three other companies are responsible for the majority of the $100
million cleanup cost of the McColl Superfund site in Fullerton,
California. The ruling overturned a previous decision that put onus of
the clean-up costs on the US government. was a dumpsite for spent
aviation fuel and other oil byproducts during World War II era. The
companies claimed the government was responsible or the clean up
because the dumpsite contains an acid waste byproduct from a
high-octane gas the companies produced during World War II for the
U.S. military. However, the court noted the Superfund site contains
other contaminates having nothing to do with the war. "The undisputed
facts indicate that the oil companies ... dumped acid waste both
before and after the war, that they dumped acid waste from operations
other than Avgas production at the McColl site and that they were not
compelled by the government to dump waste in any particular manner,"
Judge William A. Fletcher wrote. The companies said that they may ask
the court to rehear the case or the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. 
-- Associated Press, Feb, 11, 2002

Toxic Emissions or Discharges  In April 2002, a Superior Court jury in
California ruled that gasoline with the additive methyl tertiary butyl
ether or MTBE is a defective product and that Shell, Lyondell Chemical
Co. (formerly Atlantic Richfield Chemical Co.) and Tosco Corp. (now
part of Phillips Petroleum) were aware of the chemical's dangers but
withheld the information when they put the product on the market. The
ruling came as part of a 1998 liability case brought by the South
Tahoe Public Utility District over contamination of the district's
groundwater. The district initiated the lawsuit after MTBE pollution
forced it to close a third of its drinking water wells.  -- San
Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 17, 2002

Greenwashing  Shell placed third in Corporate Watch's Earth Day 2000
Greenwash Sweepstakes. The company was cited for its human rights
abuses. Corporate Watch states: "After years of complicity and
sometimes active participation in the despoiling of the Nigerian
environment and the suppression of basic freedoms, Shell has the gall
to boast of its commitment to human rights, even pointing to Nigeria
as an example, and showing a picture of a pro-Ogoni protest in
London."  -- Corporate Watch

Superfund Sites  In 1999, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group
(PIRG) ranked Shell number five on its list of "Top 25 Superfund
Polluters." According to the group, Shell is a "Potentially
Responsible Party" at 48 sites on Superfund's National Priority List. 
-- U.S. PIRG

Toxic Emissions or Discharges  In 1999, Shell was one of 12 companies
sued by a California environmental group, Communities for a Better
Environment, for allowing intentional discharge of carcinogens and
reproductive toxins to seep into California's water supply.  -- CNN

Toxic Emissions or Discharges  In February 2001, Royal Dutch/Shell was
one of 11 oil and gas companies named as defendants in a civil lawsuit
filed by a Hyde Park, New York family and alleging that the companies
had conspired to market and use the gas additive MTBE, used to make
gasoline burn cleaner. The Environmental Protection Agency has labeled
MTBE a possible carcinogen. MTBE has been found in drinking water in
certain areas of Hyde Park. New York will officially ban the additive
starting in 2004.  -- The Associated Press, February 14, 2001


Ratings from the Council on Economic Priorities

Company		Workplace	Environment	Disclosure
Royal Dutch/Shell Group		B		C		A
Texaco				*		B		B
Unocal				?		C		C
Sunoco, Inc.			C		A		A
Halliburton			?		NR		C
Occidental Petroleum		?		A		D
Unocal				?		C		C
Ultramar Diamond Shamrock	?		D		F

A=Best, B=Better, C=Average, D=Below Average, F=Poor Partial Scores: +
Above Average, * Average, - Below Average (more) Rating system ©2000
Council on Economic Priorities. All rights reserved.

What they're better at than others.
Shell has the greatest rating in workplace and disclosure. 
What they're lacking at than others.
Shell has a worst rating at enviroment than Sunoco Inc. and Occidental

If you want to check the full reports about the other companies,



Sunoco, Inc.


Occidental Petroleum
Ultramar Diamond Shamrock

Shell and its competence as a gas station:

About the Council on Economic Priorities' Rating System

Other links of interest:

People, planet & profits - The Shell Report (full version)
This report documents the actions we have taken in 2000 to meet our
economic, environmental and social responsibilities and describes how
we are striving to create value for the future.,5833,,00.html?type=publication&siteid=1160&article=51573&archive=&year=1996&moduleid=1136

Web resources from Corporate Responsibility at
I took the description of the following sites from Datacenter also

Corporate Accountability Project ( 
"Corporate Dirt Archives" and substantial links pages on corporate
accountability issues (including corporate welfare).

CorpWatch ( 
Online magazine about transnational companies. Highlights their
social, environmental and economic impact on the world. Issue or
campaign focused. Searchable archives. Environmental justice and labor
are main focus. Provides tips on how to research transnational
companies. Includes an interactive step-by-step corporate research
guide organized by Anna Couey, ImpactResearch/DataCenter.

Essential Information ( 
Watchdog group of Ralph Nader. This site has many excellent resources
on corporations, including the Multinational Monitor and various
listservs on corporate accountability (including corporate welfare).
Home page has a simple keyword search engine (which does not search
the listserv archives). Click on the Search button to do a more
selective search of sections/publications of the website. Click on
"" to get to and search various listservs.

Friends of the Earth ( 
Confronting Companies Using Shareholder Power: A Handbook on
Socially-Oriented Shareholder Activism. A useful guide with links on
the process of shareholder activism by this national environmental
organization dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the
planet for future generations. Homepage:

Infact ( 
Annual Corporate Hall of Shame posted on this site - top ten worst
companies, usually focused on an issue (e.g. influence peddling in
DC). Currently doing a major campaign against the tobacco industry.

Kinder Lydenberg Domini (KLD) Domini Social Equity Fund
Fund of 400 companies that pass detailed social screens. Web site
lists profiles of the 400 companies and explains the criteria for each
social screen.

Kinder Lydenberg Domini (KLD) Socially Responsible Investing Links
Links to socially responsible investing websites and resources
(groups, investment management sites, fund information, banks) can be
found on the resources page. ( has over 1000 pages of strategic content to help make
informed investment decisions regarding socially responsible
investing. The site provides news, information, research, investment
analysis, and financial services. Especially helpful is the searchable
newsroom and activism libraries.

Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the 1990s
The Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the 1990s is a compilation of
corporations that were criminally fined in the 1990s for a variety of
categories of crimes, including environmental, antitrust, fraud, and
campaign finance.

Search strategy:
"corporate responsibility" 


Clarification of Answer by runix-ga on 24 Jun 2002 23:06 PDT
I might have been very unspecific in my answer relating to employment
diversity (In fact, I did my research on general diversity and Shell).
I am adding here some extra links that might be useful for you.
Although the original answer has a lot of information about what you
have asked, since I was researching a wider concept of diversity, I
had included the social aspect.

Here's a list of reports and journalistic information about Shell and
social/ethnical diversity:

Complete report with information about Shell diversity policy and
comparission with other companies:
Workforce Diversity Initiatives of US Multinational Corporations in

"Shell has set itself the aim ofbeing perceived by its stake-holders
as a Company that values diversity. It also wants tobecome the Company
of choicefor men and women from allethnic and cultural back-grounds.
To help achieve this ithas introduced target setting ­such as a
commitment toincrease to 20% the number ofwomen in the top 400
positions within ten years"

Shell Oil Company'semployee networks began in 1997 with its women
andAfrican-American networks. They were followed by Hispanics; Asian
Pacific;Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals; and a network addressing issues
of particularinterest to disabled employees. Shell's networks
encompass 8 diversity groups.
Steve Miller,Shell'sChairman and CEO, meets on an ongoing basis with
Shell'semployee networks. Miller instituted a scorecard system to
continuously evaluatehow the corporation is meeting its diversity
goals; the employee networks haveinput into this process. Miller uses
these evaluations in his reporting to Shell'sBoard of Directors.

The Institute for Social Services in Enterprises (ISSIM)
Its mission is to increase the quality of life of workers by
respecting both individual values and company values. ISSIM’s
activities focus on both specific measures for the single worker in
consideration of his personal, social and family problems and on the
relationship between individual and the work environment which exists
in the "system-company". Shell is a member of ISSIM as well as of
You can ask for more information to Graham Shaw, tel. +44 171 236
3000, fax. +44 171 329 0226 or e mail

"Shell Oil Company Leading by Example
In 1997, Lamboley, with help from her direct reports, the human
resources department, and Shell’s Legal Diversity Council, drafted a
diversity plan, which includes six components:

enhancing individual and group diversity skills, visibility and
recruiting diverse talent; 
retaining and promoting the best talent effectively and without bias;
maintaining an inclusive and barrier-free workplace climate; 
consistently achieving Legal’s balanced workforce objectives; and 
promoting relationships with minorities and women who own and/or work
for vendors and service providers.
Their combined efforts and utilization of company resources has
resulted in some remarkable results. Of Shell’s 62 attorneys, 9 are
minorities, or 15 percent, and 18 are women (30 percent) including the
general counsel. The Legal Leadership Team (LLT) within the Legal
Services department consists of the seven attorneys who manage other
attorneys. Of these seven, two are women (one of whom is the vice
president and general counsel) and another member is an ethnic

As a result of Shell’s continuing commitment to creating an inclusive
environment, MCCA is proud to recognize Catherine A. Lamboley and the
Shell Oil Company as an “Employer of Choice” at MCCA’s Diversity
Dinner in Houston, Texas on March 15, 2001 at the J.W. Marriott

Shell picks diversity specialist Leslie Mays as VP Global 
Leslie Mays, an African-American with more than 20 years of change
management and human resources experience, has been appointed by the
oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies as its new vice
president, for Group Global Diversity.

The New Face of Leadership
Steve Miller marshaled a diverse group of Royal Dutch/Shell employees
to transform the company's operations in Europe. Now, as president,
chairman of the board, and CEO of Shell Oil Co., he is using that same
grassroots approach to meet a new challenge: diversity itself.

If you want to make further specific questions, you can ask to the
Diversity Training Consultants for Race, Gender & Cultural Training
Programs who worked at Shell. Their names and emails are at:

"Improved customer and community relations: Companies can enhance
their image and build trust in minority communities by doing business
there through minority-owned franchises. In one extreme example, Shell
Oil noted that during the destruction of the Los Angeles riots in
1992, 58 Shell service stations were destroyed, while McDonald’s
stores in the area were not. Most of the McDonald’s franchises in the
area were operated by minority owners who were active in the
community, whereas fewer than a dozen of the 640 Shell stations in Los
Angeles area were owned by minorities. Shell cites this example as one
driver in the creation of their minority franchise initiative".

Clarification of Answer by runix-ga on 24 Jun 2002 23:11 PDT
Please, tell me whatever you need to satisfy your question.
I'll be glad to work on this one.

Clarification of Answer by runix-ga on 25 Jun 2002 08:15 PDT
I’ve foccused my research into employment diversity isues in the oil
Apparently, Shell is the leader in this kind of policy, and the others
are following its example. Shell is always at top in this kind of
I will tell you what the minorities associations are saying about
Shell and the others.
1) Hispanic community
2) GLBT associations
3) Racial issues
4) Human rights
5) Benchmarking diversity. Oil industry.

1)	Hispanic community

HISPANIC magazine presents our 13th annual Corporate 100, a list of
the top U.S. companies that excel in creating business and job
oportunities for Hispanic Americans, as well as donating to
philanthropies that target Latino communities. Our selection is based
on a survey that inquires about, among other things, a company’s
recruitment effort, diversity training, ethnic representation of its
board of directors, and minority business initiatives.

At the top 20 you will find only two oil companies: Shell Oil Company
and Exxon Mobile.
At the top 100, Chevron-Texaco appears.

Diversity program provides boost for minority suppliers
Oil industry finds some success and some complaints regarding efforts
to help minority-owned businesses get education. All supplier
diversity programs work in conjunction with the Houston Minority
Business Council, founded in 1973 by 13 Houston-based corporations and
led by Dick Bauer of Shell Oil Co. The council helps identify minority
firms capable of providing products and services to major
Several cases of hispanic owned small providers are mentioned.

2)	GLBT associations

Regarding sexual orientation rights, there’s a big apposition to
Exxon-Mobil corp. Meanwhile, Shell is still an example, just as
Chevron in this case.

The ranking might be (according to these sources, under the line: the
companies that do not reach GLBT expactations):

Chevron Corp. 
Shell Oil Co.
BP Amoco p.l.c
Texaco Inc. and Sunoco Inc.
Exxon Corp
CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp.
Tosco Corp. (refusses to answer)
ExxonMobil Shareholders Vote on Gay Rights
ExxonMobil's competitors, Chevron, BP Amoco, Sunoco, Shell, and Texaco
all ban discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, and
BP Amoco, Shell, and Chevron even offer same-sex domestic partnership

"ExxonMobil has gone on record as opposing innovation in this area and
letting the government set the pace and agenda of change," said
investment analyst Shelley Alpern of Trillium Asset Management Corp.,
a co-sponsor of the proposal. "That's a fine strategy for letting your
competitors get out ahead of you."

Gasoline & Oil Companies:
3 of 9 OK on Gay Issues
by Gip Plaster

Of the nine companies we examined, three are doing well. The others
still have some work to do.
According to most experts, companies can do five things to show
support for gay and lesbian employees and recognition of gay and
lesbian consumers.
Companies should have a nondiscrimination statement that specifically
includes sexual orientation, offer domestic partner benefits, include
gay and lesbian issues in diversity training, contribute to gay,
lesbian and AIDS related charities and have a gay and lesbian employee
Chevron Corp. and Shell Oil Co. were the only companies in the
industry that gave progressive answers to all five of the benchmarking
questions we asked them.
A third company that has led the way on gay and lesbian issues is in
transition, but its progressive policies appear certain to stay in
place. The early 1999 merger of British Petroleum and Amoco created BP
Amoco p.l.c, a London based company that is among the top integrated
oil companies in the world.
While not leaders in their industry, Texaco Inc. and Sunoco Inc. have
some progressive policies in place.
Irving, Texas based Exxon Mobil Corp. strikes out on all five counts.
The company, formed by the merger of Exxon and Mobil in November,
decided to keep Exxon's nondiscrimination and benefits policies rather
than adopt Mobil's policies that protected gays and lesbians from
employment discrimination and provided domestic partner benefits.
The former Exxon Corp. has long maintained that it does not
discriminate based on sexual orientation but has refused to include
the phrase in its nondiscrimination policy. The company instead
includes only the categories required by law.
Tosco Corp., based in Stamford, Conn., is the only company contacted
that refused to answer specific questions. Spokesperson Julie Igo said
the company does not discuss human resources policies with anyone
other than employees.
CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp. did not have
good news to report on any of the five benchmarks. Spokesperson Jodie
Carlson from UDS said the company complies with all laws regarding
nondiscrimination, noting that sexual orientation is not a class
protected by law.

Questions and Answers Regarding the ExxonMobil and GLBT Issues

What are the policies of ExxonMobil's competitors and American
business at large?
ChevronTexaco, BP (Amoco), Sunoco, Shell, and Valero ban
discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. BP, Shell
and ChevronTexaco offer same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
Nationally, 80 percent of Fortune 50 companies — and ExxonMobil is No.
2 on that list — include sexual orientation in their
non-discrimination policies. More than 3,700 employers nationwide
provide or have announced they will provide domestic partner benefits,
including more than half of the Fortune 50.

Avoiding ExxonMobil and Finding Oil Companies with Inclusive Policies
BP (Amoco), ChevronTexaco and Shell have written non-discrimination
policies covering sexual orientation plus domestic partner benefits.
Conoco, Hess, Sunoco, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), and Valero explicitly
prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Try these websites for locations and driving directions.
Shell Station Finder 
Find a Chevron Station 
Sunoco Inc. 
Texaco Station Locator 
ARCO Station Locator 
Valero Station Locations

Lesbian and gay employee association
However, unlike Exxon and Mobil, both Chevron and Texaco have policies
in place prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation. The CLGEA Board has inquired about the issue and have
received several responses that Dave O'Reilly is strongly committed to
diversity, including the offering of domestic partner benefits, and
that it is highly unlikely there will be any change to our current
benefit offerings for domestic partners.

3)	Racial issues
Shell stands in the first place in this field also. Texaco had a
problem in 1996.

Leslie Mays, an African-American with more than 20 years of change
management and human resources experience, has been appointed by the
oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies as its new vice
president, for Group Global Diversity.

How do the big oil companies fare – and how does Shell, which has
produced more reports in 1997 than any other oil company, measure up?
The challenge of achieving this balance is perhaps illustrated by
Texaco’s 1996 CER, which focuses on environment, health and safety. If
the giant US oil company was already committed to publishing a triple
bottom line report in 1998, it would face the difficult problem of
having to explain its recent problems in handling ethnic diversity.
Problems which attracted a storm of media coverage and forced the
company – as Texaco CEO Peter I. Bijur put it – to promise to "wipe
out" discrimination internally and to examine its "very soul".

4)	Human rights

You will find several information saying that human rights policy at
Shell is not the same as the one they have in foreign countries. At
least, that’s what you can read about human rights abuses in the Ogoni
tribal lands in the Niger Delta.

Oil, gas & coal companies: Lawsuits against companies

Shell to Stand Trial for 1990s Human Rights Abuses in Nigeria
On February 28, the U.S. Federal Court in New York denied Shell's
motion to dismiss a case in which plaintiffs accuse the global energy
company of allegedly colluding with the Nigerian government in human
rights abuses in the mid-1990s. Lawyers with Washington, DC-based
EarthRights International and New York-based Center for Constitutional
Rights (CCR) represent the plaintiffs, the families of Nigerian writer
and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and youth leader John Kpuinen. These two
men had actively protested against Shell (ticker: RD) for
environmental devastation of Ogoni tribal lands in the Niger Delta.

5) Benchmarking diversity. Oil industry.
Shell, again, leading as an example.

A business case for diversity, by Prof. Jeffrey Gandz (interesting
Case study for diversity management
Analysis of Exxon and Shell diversity policy
“The Importance of Public Commitment
When the chairman of Royal Dutch Shell make public statements in
Shell´s business practice framework that the company in tends “to make
the most of diversity in people” (...) it is an siren call for action.
It empowers other who have similar views to start to take appropriate
actions, believing that they have top management support”.

Affirmative Action Works
What Leaders are Saying about Affirmative Action and Diversity
“Edwin J. Hess, senior vice president of the Exxon Corporation, and
Philip J. Carroll, president and CEO of the Shell Oil Company, stated
that "enormous gains have resulted from well-designed affirmative
action policies. Consider the engineering field. A quarter of a
century ago, African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians--then 18
percent of the college-age population and the fastest growing
component of the nation--comprised only one percent of the engineering
workforce." Since 1974, when NACME was established as a private sector
initiative to create access to the engineering profession, annual
minority graduates in engineering have grown more than 400 percent”.
lizardnation-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Superb job! :-)

Subject: Re: Shell & Diversity
From: runix-ga on 25 Jun 2002 10:20 PDT
I'm so glad you liked it :)
I wish I could find information related to diversity policies of these
companies in foreign countries... I have the feeling that, since
social pressure is lower, diversity standars might be different...
Subject: Re: Shell & Diversity
From: lizardnation-ga on 25 Jun 2002 10:44 PDT
Hello Runix,

Who would like it, it was well done!

Would you elaborate on your comment in relation to social pressure and
diversity pressures?


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