Governance is about making sure we live up to the high standards we set as a company – on health and safety, the environment, climate change, biodiversity and in our relationships with local communities.
We have put clear and effective governance structures in place throughout Shell, along with many performance standards and other controls. These influence the decisions we make and the actions we take, at every level of our company.
Our governance procedures are applied to all areas of decision-making across Shell. This involves the Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc, four Board Committees, our Executive Committee, and the teams and individuals who work in our operations. We take rigorous care to ensure decisions are cascaded within the business.
The overall accountability for sustainability within Shell lies with the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Committee. They are assisted by the Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Performance (HSSE&SP) executive team. Our standards are set out in our HSSE&SP Control Framework and apply to every Shell company.
One of the four Board Committees is our Safety, Environment and Sustainability Committee(SESCo). It reviews and advises on our sustainability policies and practices to ensure that these are discussed, understood, owned and promoted at Board level. This can include advising on areas as broad as climate change and human rights through to process safety management.
The SESCo also visits different Shell operations each year to speak with Shell employees, contractors and suppliers, as well as with community members and external stakeholders. After each visit, the SESCo shares its observations with the Board and with the management responsible for that project. The Committee’s work strengthens sustainability within our operations around the world.
The SESCo today
SESCo’s role is to review and advise Shell about our policies and performance against the Shell General Business Principles, our Code of Conduct and our mandatory Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Performance standards.
SESCo meets regularly throughout the year. It reviews and discusses a wide range of sustainability-related topics and assesses our sustainability performance, audit results and the sustainable development metrics that apply to the Executive Committee. It also monitors major issues of public concern that may be relevant to Shell.
Current members of SESCo include:
- Hans Wijers, appointed Chair of the Committee with effect from May 2015; stood down as a Non-executive Director of the company in May 2018;
- Sir Nigel Sheinwald, appointed a member of the Committee with effect from July 2012; appointed Chair of the Committee with effect from May 2018;
- Catherine Hughes, appointed a member of the Committee with effect from November 2017; and
- Linda G. Stuntz, appointed a member of the Committee with effect from May 2018.
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