We support community development projects directly, as well as indirectly through the independent Shell Foundation. Our aim is to work with communities to understand local needs and address social or economic issues relevant to our business, such as access to energy, enterprise development and road safety. Many of the programmes we support aim to be self-sustaining, for example, by helping young people to set up businesses or providing job training. Our staff contribute by volunteering on social and environmental projects around the world.
To help improve access to modern energy among low-income households, we helped found the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership that aims to help 100 million homes worldwide adopt clean cooking solutions by 2020.
How we do business
The Shell General Business Principles include our support for fundamental human rights in line with the legitimate role of business. We aim to work with integrity, even as the search for oil and gas takes us into challenging locations and politically sensitive countries. We pay taxes and royalties to the governments of countries where we operate, and these are often their main source of revenue.