Shell exits Prince’s climate group in row over Arctic oil
A row over its Arctic drilling programme has culminated in oil giant Shell leaving the Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group. This is a network of European business leaders advocating for climate action including GlaxoSmithKline, Tesco and Unilever.
RTCC was reportedly told by one source that Shell’s membership had always been contentious, and that its Arctic drilling programme was the last straw.
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