Human rights are fundamental to Shell’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people, and critical to maintaining our license to operate. Our human rights approach is informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and applies to all of our employees, contractors and suppliers. We recognise our responsibility to respect human rights in all aspects of doing business.

Our commitment to human rights is embedded into our existing frameworks and processes, applicable to all employees and contractors, such as our Shell General Business Principles, our Code of Conduct as well as our Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Performance (HSSE&SP) Control Framework. The Shell Supplier Principles include specific labour and human rights expectations for contractors and suppliers. Our joint venture partners are expected to implement our control framework or an equivalent.

We focus our efforts through four areas where human rights are critical to the way we operate, and where we have identified the risks are highest for potential impact on human rights: labour rights, communities, supply chain and security.

Our Approach in Practice

Joint industry human rights supply chain engagement

BP, Equinor, Shell and Total CEOs announce that they have agreed to join forces to create a collaborative approach to human rights supplier assessments in the energy industry.

Respecting our neighbours

Shell works closely with its contractors. Wherever possible we look to influence the social performance of activities they undertake for us.  

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Working with communities

We work closely with communities to understand their concerns and identify how to address them. 

External voluntary codes

The Shell General Business Principles and Shell Code of Conduct guide the business activities of Shell companies. We also support a number of external voluntary codes.

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Our values

At Shell, we share a set of core values – honesty, integrity and respect for people – which underpin all the work we do. The Shell General Business Principles, Code of Conduct, and Ethics and Compliance Manual help everyone at Shell act in line with these values and comply with relevant laws and regulations.

Who we are

Find out about our business, people and how we are working to power progress together with more and cleaner energy solutions.

What we do

Shell is an international energy company that aims to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.