On April 9th the Center hosted a talk by Sir Mark Stuart Moody on themes from his recently released book, Responsible Leadership: Lessons Learned from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics.
While Chairman of the Royal Dutch Shell Company he grappled with the role of corporations in countries rich in natural resources but weak in national governance. After living in Oman, Nigeria and Malaysia, he came to understand the importance of ensuring respect for citizens' rights by engaging with both local and national leaders.
As an example, he explained how Shell found itself in the middle of a conflict between the Nigerian national government, which was seeking profits from crude oil mining, and the Ogani people, who protested mining in their communities because of its disastrous effects on the environment. Ultimately, the tensions between the two led to the execution of environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. From that incident, Moody realized how critical it was to understand the interactions and power dynamics between company, state and civil society and what responsibilities the company must bear when it instigates conflict.
He also championed the work of the UN Global Compact, of which he has been an active member since its inception. He advocated for the continued use of local networks to foster environments where human rights abuses can be brought to light without fear of retribution.
About Sir Mark Moody-Stuart:
Mark Moody-Stuart served as Managing Director of Royal Dutch Shell from 1991–2001 and as Non-Executive Chairman of Anglo American from 2002–2009. He has been Lead Director of Accenture since November 2002 and a Director of Saudi Arabian Oil Company since August 2007. Sir Mark serves as Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact, and Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium.