Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Reply from Shell to my letter on the Bahrain Grand Prix



Dear Mr Briggs,

Thank you for your email to Peter Voser, regarding the Bahrain Grand Prix. I have been asked me to reply on his behalf.

Shell is fully committed to Human Rights and to abiding by our own values and principles as described in the Code of Conduct and Shell Global Business Principles.

The decision to race in Bahrain was the responsibility of the Formula One governing body along with the local organisers.

We aim to conduct our activities in a manner that respects Human Rights as set out in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation. We respect the Human Rights of employees and support fundamental Human Rights in line with the legitimate role of business and John Ruggie’s “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”.

Shell provides fuels, lubricants and technical support to Ferrari at all Formula One races and therefore our trackside analysts did attend the race in Bahrain to work alongside the Ferrari team in the normal manner. Shell did not have a guest hospitality programme in Bahrain, although this is not unusual as Shell runs such programmes at some races and not at others. Likewise there was no Shell branded track signage, as the Bahrain race is not part of our circuit advertising schedule.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Bracewell
Global Sponsorships Manager
Shell Brands International AG
Baarematte, CH-6340 Baar, Switzerland