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Our strategy to generate profitable growth remains to drive forward with our investment programme, to deliver sustainable growth and provide competitive returns to shareholders, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way.

In Upstream we focus on exploring for new oil and gas reserves and developing major projects where our technology and know-how adds value to the resource holders.

In Downstream our emphasis remains on sustained cash generation from our existing assets and selective investments in growth markets.

Read more about our strategy and major projects.

Our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people form the basis of the Shell General Business Principles.

at a glance figures - 2015

Our businesses

Upstream explores for and extracts crude oil and natural gas.
Downstream refines, supplies, trades and ships crude worldwide, manufactures and markets a range of products, and produces petrochemicals for industrial customers.
Projects & Technology manages delivery of Shell’s major projects and drives the research and innovation to create technology solutions.

Financial performance


• 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.

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Latest external survey reports 2013 Shell brand value at more than US $29 billion – growth of 35% over 2012.

In the authoritative Brand Finance Global 500 brand valuation survey, Shell continues to the most highly valued energy brand and has risen to 12th place in the overall ranking of the world’s leading brands (from 19th in 2012).