Royal Dutch Shell was formed in 1907, although our history can be traced back to the first half of the 19th century.

Our headquarters are in The Hague, the Netherlands. The parent company of the Shell group is Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales. The Chief Executive Officer is Ben van Beurden.

Our purpose

Shell's purpose is to power progress together with more and cleaner energy solutions. We believe that rising standards of living for a growing global population are likely to continue to drive demand for energy, including oil and gas, for years to come. At the same time, the need to tackle climate change means there is a global transition under way to a low-carbon energy system.

Our people

Our people are essential to the successful delivery of the Shell strategy and to sustaining business performance over the long term. Performing competitively in the evolving energy landscape requires competent and empowered people working safely together across Shell.

We believe that diverse teams led by inclusive leaders deliver better safety and business performance.

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Shell at a glance in 2020

70+ countries where we operate

87,000 employees at December 31, 2020

69.67 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) sold during 2020

13 refineries in which we have interests

3.4 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce per day

Financial performance in 2020

Revenue: $180,543 million

Income: loss ($21,534 million)

Cash capital expenditure: $17,827 million

Investment in research and development: $907 million

Fast facts for sustainable development in 2020

$156 million was spent on voluntary social investment worldwide.

Of this, $46 million was spent on COVID-19 contributions. About $5 million of this was part of our contractual obligations.

Around $87 million of our total social investment spend in 2020 was in countries that, according to the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index 2019, have a gross domestic product of less than $15,000 a year per person.

 

Our heritage

Tracing Shell’s history takes you on a journey from London to Asia, from the birth of the motor car to the development of sustainable fuels. It is a history of exploration, innovation and a pioneering spirit that still guides Shell to this day.

Learn more about our heritage

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What we do

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies 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

At Shell, we share a set of core values – honesty, integrity and respect for people – which underpin all the work we do. The Shell General Business Principles, Code of Conduct, and Ethics and Compliance Manual help everyone at Shell act in line with these values and comply with relevant laws and regulations.

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