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Shell: The Case of the Missing Barrels

The management of The Royal Dutch/Shell Group announced, in January 2004, its intention of reducing its 'proven' reserves of oil and gas by 4 billion barrels and of adding such reduced figure to the category of 'probable' reserves. The announcement, which concerned practically 20% of the total 'proven' reserves of the company, created extensive media debate and discussion, shocked investors, and raised issues regarding Corporate Social Responsibility and the accountability of managers of huge multinational business undertakings (Gupta, 2003). This short report attempts to investigate and discuss the various ethical and CSR issues that emerged from this development, and the implications of such issues on the actions of large business organisations, whose actions impact the actions and lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and where management is separate from ownership.

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The Royal Dutch/Shell Group, (Shell), a conglomerate whose origins go back to the early 19th century, was created by the coming together of The Royal Dutch Company and Shell in 1907. The company, whilst engaged in a range of businesses in its early years, developed into a group of companies, engaged mainly in areas relating to energy and petrochemicals by the 1950s, and grew enormously thereafter (Gupta, 2003). In 2000, the company had operations in approximately 150 countries and employed approximately 115, 000 people (Gupta, 2003). Its Anglo-Dutch management was known to be essentially conservative in nature and the company enjoyed substantial investor confidence (Gupta, 2003).

Shell's announcement regarding reserve reclassification was followed by intense and elaborate examination of its oil reserves across the globe by company executives, with the assistance of an external consultancy organisation with acknowledged experience in the area (Shell..., 2004). The examination, which covered practically nine-tenths of the company's global reserves and all oil wells with capacities of more than 10 million barrels, led to revision in the estimated life of the company's reserves, (as stated in the 2002 annual report) from 13 years to 10.2 years (Shell..., 2004). The company announced that the financial impact of the reclassification would lead to a write-down of approximately 100 million USD per annum, for the period 2000 to 2003 (Shell..., 2004).

The revision of the established oil reserves of the organisation in 2003 was followed by the release of an internal report to the media in April 2004 (Gupta, 2003). The report disclosed stated that members of the senior management of the company had been fully aware of the possibility of such significant overstatement of the company's oil reserves and had been debating at length on the provisioning of true information to the publi论文英语论文网提供整理,提供论文代写英语论文代写代写论文代写英语论文代写留学生论文代写英文论文留学生论文代写相关核心关键词搜索。

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