Our environmental partners

Working in partnership with environmental experts outside Shell can help us improve our performance and help them advance scientific knowledge and conservation techniques. Our environmental partners also advise us on specific projects.

We work closely with four key environmental partners:

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN);
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC);
  • Wetlands International; and
  • Earthwatch Institute.

Working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature

We have worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest conservation network, over the past 15 years, participating in more than 50 initiatives together. We have concentrated our efforts on conserving and managing biodiversity in our operations and improving the way protected areas are managed.

Working with The Nature Conservancy

We have worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for more than 14 years. Right now, we are exploring the use of nature-based solutions to stabilise the embankments near our pipeline and to prevent erosion. Over time, these pipeline corridors can create new habitats for water organisms which will also benefit fishing communities. 

In Colombia we carried out studies with TNC to understand the potential impact on local biodiversity of our operations at the Magdalena River watershed. 

Working with Wetlands International

Since 2008, we have worked with Wetlands International on several joint projects, including the Majnoon project in Iraq. Here we have developed an effective biodiversity action plan which helps us avoid or minimise our impact on biodiversity. At the same time, it helps us to identify opportunities to make a positive contribution to the marshland’s biodiversity and the services it provides to local communities, working with local partners in Iraq.

We have also supported Wetlands International’s work. For example, with support from Shell Development Oman, Wetlands International have organised a waterbird count at Barr Al Hikman in 2016, marking the 50th anniversary of its International Waterbird Census. Barr Al Hikman is an ecologically rich wetland of global importance located on the south-east coast of Oman.

Working with Earthwatch Institute

We partner with Earthwatch on our employee volunteer programme, Project Better World. Shell employees have the opportunity to take part in scientific expeditions at multiple locations around the world. Through Earthwatch our employees also provide business skills and mentoring to managers who work in organisations that look after protected areas. 

Our community partners

In collaboration with international and local partners, we help tackle a range of social or human rights issues related to specific projects. These partnerships help us address specific issues in places where we operate – such as boosting local employment – or to implement projects that support local communities, such as improving road safety for school children.

Working with the Danish Institute for Human Rights

In Iraq and Nigeria, the Danish Institute for Human Rights has worked with us on human rights in specific areas. This work takes into account the way we employ and reward people, the way we procure goods and services, our security arrangements and our impact on local communities.

Working with the United Nations Development Programme

We partner with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement programmes in countries where we need their expertise. For example, in Somalia, our shipping business is working with the UNDP to help steer young people, many of whom are unemployed, away from piracy. We have also donated $1 million to help improve road access between local communities in the country.

Working with Mercy Corps

Through our global strategic partnership with Mercy Corps, we help local people recover from crisis or build better lives and transform their communities, in a number of places where we operate. In Sichuan province, China, for example, we are helping subsistence farmers to improve their farming practices.

Working with the Global Road Safety Partnership

We are a lead partner in the Global Road Safety Partnership, which aims to improve road safety by working together with government, non-governmental organisations and businesses. The partnership helps us to improve our own road safety community programmes.

We also collaborate with them to improve road safety in cities and communities, including an initiative to help children travel safely to and from school. 

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