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 is to strengthen 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

+70 countries where we operate

94,000 average number of employees

24 million tonnes of equity LNG sold during the year

24 refineries we have interests in

3.1 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce every day

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Financial performance (2014)

Revenue: $421.1 billion

Income: $14.7 billion

Net capital investment: $23.9 billion

Investment in research and development: $1.2 billion

Fast facts for sustainable development 2014 

$14 billion spent in lower income countries

1,074 assessments of suppliers against the Shell Supplier Principles

$160 million spent on voluntary social investment worldwide

Post-war expansion

Post-war expansion

Oil demand soars and Shell expands dynamically. The super-tanker is born, Shell extends its exploration overseas and forms a partnership with Ferrari.

The post-war expansion programme
1960s to the 1980s

1960s to the 1980s

Shell Chemicals enters a golden period of research; Shell produces its General Business Principles and diversifies its operations.

Innovation and diversification
1980s to the new millennium

1980s to the new millennium

Shell grows through acquisitions and unifies Royal Dutch and Shell Transport and Trading under Royal Dutch Shell plc in 2005.

Our history: 1980s to the present

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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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