Royal Dutch Shell was formed in 1907, although our history dates back to the early 19th century.

Our headquarters are in The Hague, the Netherlands, and our Chief Executive Officer is Ben van Beurden. The parent company of the Shell group is Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales.

Our strategy seeks to reinforce our position as a leader in the oil and gas industry, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. Safety and environmental and social responsibility are at the heart of our activities.

Our purpose

We believe that oil and gas will remain a vital part of the global energy mix for many decades to come. Our role is to ensure that we extract and deliver these energy resources profitably and in environmentally and socially responsible ways.

We seek a high standard of performance, maintaining a strong and growing long-term position in the competitive environments in which we operate.

We aim to work closely with our customers, our partners and policymakers to advance a more efficient and sustainable use of energy and natural resources.

Our people

Our people are central to the delivery of our strategy. Working together on some of the most innovative and exciting energy projects in the world, from the world’s deepest offshore oil and gas field to the largest floating liquefied natural gas production facility, we are making an impact on the future of energy. 

A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better solutions. 

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Professional training, development programmes and ongoing support mean that our people are given every opportunity to reach their potential. And our leadership programmes enable talented individuals to become the energy industry leaders of tomorrow. 

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Shell at a glance in 2015

70+ countries we operate in

93,000 employees on average

22.6 million tonnes of equity LNG sold during the year

23 refineries we have interests in

3.0 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce every day

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Financial performance in 2015

Revenue: $265.0 billion

Income: $2.2 billion

Capital investment: $28.9 billion

Investment in research and development: $1.1 billion


Fast facts for sustainable development in 2015

$122 million spent on voluntary social investment worldwide. Of this:

  • around $93 million spent on local programmes for community development, disaster relief, education, health and biodiversity; and
  • around $29 million spent on our three global strategic themes of enterprise development, road safety and energy access.

In lower-income countries, 75% of spending by Shell companies went to purchase goods and services from local companies. 

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What we do

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies. 

Our values

Our General Business Principles, Code of Conduct, and Code of Ethics help everyone at Shell to act in line with our values.

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