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Our General Business Principles state our responsibilities to employees. They cover areas such as providing good working conditions, creating an inclusive work environment and giving staff channels to report concerns.
UN Global Compact Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
We support the International Labour Organization on the fundamental principles and rights at work:
• freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
• the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour;
• the effective abolition of child labour;
• the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Our staff are free to join a union wherever permitted by law.
UN Global Compact Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
The most senior Shell representative in every country where we operate, the Country Chair, is required to report any incidents of forced labour.
UN Global Compact Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour.
We aim not to exploit children, through direct employment or indirectly through joint ventures, contractors or suppliers.
UN Global Compact Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
We embed diversity and inclusion in our culture, for example through our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people.
The Shell General Business Principles also state our aim to create an inclusive work environment with equal opportunities.
We have established People Standards which help us to effectively resource, develop and engage staff.
As part of these standards we work to value different views and opinions, to respect each employee’s personal needs, and to promote a workplace free from harassment and discrimination.