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Barbican in a bind re. Shell AGM

This is the Barbican's response to questions about Shell being aunsuitable client; (Shell's video link to its AGM in The Hague was helthere on May 20th...

'Regarding your question about holding Royal Dutch Shell's AGat the Barbican Centre and if this might be in any way contradictory ta robust, wide-ranging and committed green and/or climate changpolicy, The Barbican Centre is an arts and conference centre and apart of our conference business we hire out our venues for corporatAGMs. This part of the conference and events mix is any important parof our economy (arts box office and commercial events provide 45% oour overall income). In 2007/8 we hired our venues out for 25corporate events, ranging from major corporate AGMs to small traininevents. The Royal Dutch Shell AGM is just one of these corporatevents. I am afraid that we are currently not in a position to pick anchose our commercial clients based on their level of corporatresponsibility.'

 You can send them a friendly word of advice by writing to nkenyon@barbican.org.uk, cc. info@barbican.org.uk

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