Shell is committed to respecting human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization core conventions. Our human rights approach is informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and applies to all of our employees and contractors. We embed this into our existing policies, systems and practices. Human rights within Shell focuses on four key areas:

  • Communities: we assess the potential environmental, health and community impacts  of our operations. We have community feedback procedures in place to enable people living close to our operations to raise concerns about the impacts of our activities and remedy any issues. 
  • Security: we aim to keep our employees, contractors and facilities safe while respecting the rights of local communities with regards to safety and security. The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights are implemented across Shell. We undertake risk assessments and work with key stakeholders to mitigate risks identified with a view to reducing harm to people through our security provisions.  
  • Labour rights: Labour practices include primarily freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, non-discrimination and equal opportunity, conditions of work, adequate remuneration, forced labour and child labour. We respect our employees, contractors and supply chain workers’ rights by working in line with ILO conventions and the UN Global Compact.
  • Supply chain: we seek to work with contractors and suppliers who contribute to sustainable development and are economically, environmentally and socially responsible and we require our suppliers to work in line with our Shell Supplier Principles.

We have a human rights working group within Shell where representatives from across Shell’s businesses meet to discuss and evolve our human rights approach.

We consult with international organisations, companies, civil society, and relevant bodies to understand and respond to current and emerging human rights issues, including The Danish Institute for Human Rights, IPIECA  (the oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues), and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights.

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