Fueling the Machines of Apartheid: Shell in South Africa

ICCR Brief
(Vol. 15 No. 5)
by Catherine M. Kovak, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
About Fall 1986
Publisher: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
4 pages
The pamphlet reports that, on the evening of January 13, 1986, six members of the Free South Africa Movement occupied the Washington, D.C. offices of Shell Oil, USA; the following day they launched a national boycott of Shell products. The pamphlet says petroleum products are the lifeblood of the modern police and military, which enforce racist rule in South Africa, illegally occupies Namibia, and have invaded Botswana, Lesotho, Angola and Mozambique. An international boycott of Shell products calling for Shell's withdrawal from South Africa is underway in Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Norway, Great Britain and the U.S. The pamphlet says Shell's record of support for white racist rule in southern Africa is notorious, raising grave questions about the company's commitment to changing apartheid. The pamphlet discusses Christian Concern for Southern Africa, the Key Points Industries Act, Official Secrets Act, OPEC, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa, Miners International Federation, the United Nations, British Petroleum, Barlow Rand, United Church of Christ, SAPREF, SAMCO, Billiton Exploration South Africa, the Kleinkopje mine, coal, Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Transworld Oil in Oman, the National Council of Churches, Dutch Council of Churches, Rhodesia, British Council of Churches, the Methodist Church, Dutch Parliament, Holland Committee on South Africa, the Norwegian Parliament, International Metalworkers Federation, Public Sector International, United Mineworkers of America, National Organization for Women, NAACP, EEC Code of Conduct, the Boycott Shell Campaign, and General Electric. Contents: Keep the Oil Flowing • International Opposition to Selling Oil to South Africa • At the Center of South Africa's Petroleum Industry • Other Industrial Activity • Police and Military Sales • Union Strife • The Shell Group: Partners in Apartheid • Shell USA - Shell South Africa • Busting the Blockade: The Salem Incident • Churches Go to Shell for Answers • Union and Government Pressure on Shell • Shell Boycott Spreads • Shell Responds to Critics • Churches Step up Pressure on Shell • Apartheid's Leading Corporate Citizen • Notes
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections