How To Get Your Local Government to Stop Purchasing Shell Products
by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
The document gives advice for promoting a boycott of Shell by a city government. Many cities have already passed some form of legislation about South Africa. Researching such laws is a good first step; they might (1) divest (sell) stocks held by city funds, including public employee pension funds, of companies that do business in and/or with South Africa; or (2) ban purchasing from and contracting with companies that do business in and/or with South Africa. Research also is necessary to find out if your city purchases any Shell products; start by contacting the city's purchasing office and inquire about oil and gas purchases from either Shell or its subsidiary, Scallop, for the city's fleet of cars and heating oil for city buildings. If the city purchases through a distributor, ask what company is the source of the product. If city employees are organized, contacting the relevant local union may help. The document answers five questions: 1. Does the legislation cover the vendor or the product? 2. Does the legislation include subsidiaries and parent companies or just the company with which the contract is made? 3. Does the legislation affect both American-based and foreign-based corporations? 4. Is there a minimum value of goods purchased below which the city considers the purchase too small to monitor? 5. Does your city have a competitive bidding process for purchases?
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections