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'Picture This' report extract - BP's ongoing Gulf Coast disaster & 'artful dodging'

‘Picture This’ report extract – BP’s ongoing Gulf Coast disaster & ‘artful dodging’

Last week we published a critical new report ‘Picture This – A Portrait of 25 years of BP Sponsorship‘, timed with the opening of the National Portrait Gallery London’s new ‘BP Portrait Award’ exhibition. In a series of blogs, we are featuring extracts from the report. Today’s blog shares devastating testimony and analysis from two...
New report 'Picture This' on the BP Portrait Award - extract on National Portrait Gallery

New report ‘Picture This’ on the BP Portrait Award – extract on National Portrait Gallery

Our new report Picture This – A Portrait of 25 years of BP sponsorship is in 5 parts. Each part addresses a different aspect of the issue, and should cause deep concern in any institution’s corporate sponsorship department that wants to operate ethically. Even though its publication is triggered by the 2014 BP Portrait Award...
Picture This - A Portrait of 25 Years of BP Sponsorship

Picture This – A Portrait of 25 Years of BP Sponsorship

Download the report, or browse online below. How bad does a company have to be before an arts organisation refuses to be associated with it or take its money? How much outcry does a sponsor’s primary business have to provoke before a line is drawn? What kind of critique should send alarm signals up and...
Shell AGM - Securing the comforts of the present generation at the expense of the next

Shell AGM – Securing the comforts of the present generation at the expense of the next

Last week I headed home from the Netherlands, crossing the North Sea from the delta of the Rhine to the delta of the Thames, after having attended the Shell AGM in Den Haag with friends and allies from Greenpeace, ShareAction, Observatorio Petrolero Sur, Milieudefensie and Global Witness. This year’s Shell AGM was a quieter affair...
A Temporary Difficulty? The Tate Modern audio tour revamp

A Temporary Difficulty? The Tate Modern audio tour revamp

Guest blogpost by Phil England. It was four years ago this week that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded while drilling into BP’s Macondo oil well, killing eleven people. In a report issued last week, the National Wildlife Federation records that over 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the area since...
Stolen dreams and the small people - BP, Russia & Deepwater Horizon

Stolen dreams and the small people – BP, Russia & Deepwater Horizon

I’d wanted to to attend the BP AGM, but confined to my sick bed I had to make do with following it online. Watching the company webcast, reading the transcripts of the speeches and, most vitally, following the brilliant live-tweets of my colleagues Louise Rouse of ShareAction and Charlie Kronick of Greenpeace UK. In part...
Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

“I came to realise that I needed “Hey-White-Boy-don’t-keep-putting-your-hand-up-training”. Yotam Marom, who came to the attention of the US media in 2011 through his role in the early days of Occupy Wall Street, is explaining his views on how to be a ‘leader’ in a ‘leaderless organisation’. He’s a young White man from Hoboken, New Jersey....
Why we're telling Shell's investors to tell Shell to stop Arctic drilling

Why we’re telling Shell’s investors to tell Shell to stop Arctic drilling

  A tricky, or should I even say embarrassing, moment in Shell’s history: on 31 October 2013 the company announced that they would be returning to drill in the Arctic in 2014, after all the mishaps and near-disasters of 2012. Three months later, they had to announce they wouldn’t be drilling in 2014 after all....
Frozen Future: Shell's ongoing gamble in the US Arctic

Frozen Future: Shell’s ongoing gamble in the US Arctic

Royal Dutch Shell stands at a strategic crossroads. Its response to the reserves scandal in 2004 has been a global reserves replacement hunt through a programme of relentless capital expenditure, including an investment in US Arctic Ocean leases in the mid-2000s that dwarfed other companies’ spending. Shell’s US offshore Arctic plans have been a failure...

Shell shareholders urged to force Arctic retreat

In the wake of plummeting profits, spiralling exploration costs and increasing scepticism among other oil majors about commercial prospects in the US Arctic, pension savers across the UK are urging Shell shareholders to call on the company to abandon plans for high-cost, high-risk drilling projects in the US Arctic Ocean. The project is a shareholder...
Pollutants and Petcoke: Environmental struggles and the Great Lakes

Pollutants and Petcoke: Environmental struggles and the Great Lakes

Whiting, Indiana I begin to walk back, away from Lake Michigan, along 129th Street – following the route of the cab that brought me here. Only then does the scale of this place truly dawn on me. It is vast. The largest oil refinery in the Mid West stretches in all directions, line upon line...
Drilling the pre-salt - is Brazil still a "land of opportunity" for BP and Shell?

Drilling the pre-salt – is Brazil still a “land of opportunity” for BP and Shell?

We are just days away from the fourth anniversary of BP’s announcement in 2010 that it was boldly going into the Brazilian offshore oil province, known in the industry as the ‘pre-salt’. Tony Hayward, BP CEO at the time proclaimed: “This strategic opportunity fits well with BP’s operating strengths and key interests around the world,...