Oil firm Shell to end its relationship with BFI and Southbank Centre
(The Guardian, 9 Mar 2020) Corporation is not renewing its deals with the two leading arts institutions amid climate crisis
Shell is to end its relationship with two of the UK’s leading arts institutions amid growing concern about big oil’s role in the escalating climate crisis.
The fossil fuel corporation has confirmed it is not renewing its corporate membership deals with the Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute (BFI) when they come up for renewal later this year.
Campaigners say the decision underlines the shrinking “social licence” of fossil fuel companies in the midst of the climate crisis. It follows similar moves by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), National Theatre and National Galleries Scotland, which have all severed ties with major oil companies in the last year.
Chris Garrard, from the campaign group Culture Unstained, said the end of Shell’s involvement with the BFI and the Southbank Centre was a crucial milestone in the campaign.