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Socially responsible investors include social, environmental and/or ethical factors in deciding which stocks or bonds to buy, keep or sell. Over the last decade this has become increasingly important, leading to the creation of sustainability indices to measure and track the economic, social and environmental performance of companies.

Carbon Disclosure Project

The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organisation. It was launched in 2000 to collect corporate information on climate change and we provide our data to the project every year.

The project released its latest report in September 2012, including the updated Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index rankings – the top 10% of the FTSE Global 500 companies for climate change disclosure.

While we continued to score well in the CDLI, and obtained the highest score of the major international oil & gas companies, we were not included in the CDLI.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

We were included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) each year since it started in 1999, remaining in the top 10% of the oil and gas sector as measured by this index until 2010. In 2012 we were again not included based on DJSI’s view of the operations of Shell companies in Nigeria, although our score was above the threshold for inclusion. Our business principles, environmental and social standards and corporate governance continue to underpin our approach to sustainable development.

FTSE4Good

We were included in the FTSE4Good Index in 2012, as we have been every year been since it started in 2001. Companies must meet the index’s criteria on the environment, relationship with interested parties, supply chain, labour, bribery, and human rights to be included.

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs last updated their research in early 2012. We were in third place of the international oil companies in the Goldman Sachs GS SUSTAIN ESG (environmental, social and governance), which focuses on sustainable investing in the energy sector. Companies are rated according to 25 indicators across the categories of corporate governance, leadership, labour, communities and investment and environment.