Our reporting

We use our Sustainability Report and this website to provide an overview of our environmental and social performance for key stakeholders. These include local communities, non-governmental organisations, shareholders, investors, customers, partners, governments, employees, media, academics, contractors and suppliers.

For investors we report on our approach to managing environmental and social risks and opportunities in the Royal Dutch Shell plc Annual Report and Form 20-F 2014. We also co-operate with the producers of leading indices such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and other organisations that help investors understand the economic, environmental and social performance of companies.

Topic selection

Our reporting focuses on the environmental and social challenges that matter most to our key stakeholders. We use a thorough process to identify the sustainability topics for our reporting based on information from internal and external sources.

Significance to stakeholders

  • External Review Committee's previous opinion letter
  • Civil society dialogues
  • Stakeholder relations review
  • Global media review
  • Investor feedback and indexes
  • Reader feedback and social media
  • Reputation tracker survey
  • Website visits

Significance in sustainability context

Resulting topics are considered in their broader sustainability context based on:

  • World Energy Outlook
  • WBCSD Vision 2050 report
  • Shell business environment outlook
  • Sustainability reporting guidelines and standards
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Fifth Assessment Report

Significance to Shell strategy

  • Financial risks
  • Reputation risks
  • Sustainability priorities
  • Key projects

Read more about our topic selection process in the Shell Sustainability Report 2015

External guidelines

We report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 core guidelines for our sustainability reporting.

We also follow the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, IPIECA; the American Petroleum Institute (API); and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP).

Shell supports the United Nations Global Compact and its 10 principles covering human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Sections of our Sustainability Report cover Shell’s progress in 2015 in these areas.

Further details are provided on this website as well as our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Assurance

Our Shell Sustainability Report 2015 as a whole was not subject to external assurance for the accuracy of the information provided.

Instead, we continue to use an External Review Committee of seven independent experts. The Committee provides advice and challenge to ensure that our Sustainability Report is balanced, relevant and responsive to stakeholders.

Committee members are asked to serve for three years, with two or three new members appointed each year. This ensures a balance of continuity and fresh perspectives.

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd has provided limited assurance of our direct greenhouse gas emissions data for 2015.

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External Review Committee

An External Review Committee of independent experts helps us to evaluate the quality and credibility of the annual sustainability report and recommends improvements.