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Respecting human rights
Shell has been actively contributing to the dialogue on business and human rights since it became more explicit around 15 years ago. We have gained a solid understanding of society’s expectations, using this to help build and refine our approach. While it is the duty of governments to protect human rights, business has a distinct and complementary responsibility to respect them, say the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We integrate human rights into our own general business principles and code of conduct, which govern the way in which we do business.