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Our beginnings

How Shell grew from a family shop selling seashells in 1833 to the Royal Dutch Shell Group in 1907.

The early 20th century

Shell becomes the world's leading oil company and founds Shell Chemicals to advance its refining business.

Post-war expansion

Oil demand soars and Shell expands. The super-tanker is born and Shell extends its exploration overseas.

1960s to the 1980s

Shell continues to extend exploration overseas and adopts a policy of diversification. North sea gas fields are discovered.

1980s to the new millennium

Shell grows through acquisitions and unifies Royal Dutch and Shell Transport and Trading under Royal Dutch Shell plc in 2005.

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What we do

Shell is an international energy company that aims to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

Our values

Our General Business Principles, Code of Conduct, and Code of Ethics help everyone at Shell to act in line with our values.

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