Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2009

Executive Remuneration at Royal Dutch Shell (A)

by Jay W. Lorsch and Kaitlyn Simpson


The remuneration committee at Shell decided to exercise their discretionary power to award five top executives a bonus for 2008, even though they had not met the necessary performance measures under the compensation plan. Proxy advisors RiskMetrics and the British Association of Insurers advise their clients to vote against the plan at the upcoming 2009 annual meeting. The Shell remuneration committee wonders how the shareholders will react.

Keywords: Corporate Governance; Governance Controls; Executive Compensation; Performance Evaluation; Business and Shareholder Relations; Energy Industry;


Lorsch, Jay W., and Kaitlyn Simpson. "Executive Remuneration at Royal Dutch Shell (A)." Harvard Business School Case 409-126, June 2009.