Shell oil company speaks for LGBT rights in Brunei

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Royal Dutch Shell, which owns and operates Shell gas stations, is being urged to use its influence in Brunei to improve the lives of LGBT+ people, as the newly-implemented Sharia law in the country brings them in danger. Shell owns 50 percent of Brunei Shell Petroleum, which reportedly accounts for 90 percent of the country’s oil and gas profits. The other 50 percent is owned by the Brunei government and the sultan in person. The Financial Times reports that Eumedion, a Dutch corporate governance and sustainability group, which counts several Shell shareholders among its ranks, will push for Shell to intervene in Brunei. BlackRock, Standard Life Aberdeen and Capital Group are all shareholders in Shell and part of Eumedion, reports FT. Members of Eumedion are expected to raise the issue of Brunei’s anti-LGBT+ laws when they meet with Shell chief executive Ben Van Beurden. Shell is recognised as a top LGBT+ employer by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. The oil firm scored a perfect score of 100 for being an inclusive workplace in both 2018 and 2019.

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