Race and equity

Events in 2020 have caused everyone to think more deeply about what diversity and inclusion means in the workplace. Within Shell, we have had many conversations on race and equity, how we can help combat systemic injustice or other societal issues, and what we can do to contribute to eliminating barriers to inclusion.

The creation of the Shell D&I Council for Race and the Employee Advisory Board (EAB) is one outcome of these conversations. The Council will focus on listening and taking steps to improve the inclusion and experience of Black employees and other underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. It will also make reporting and transparency of data a priority. When addressing representation gaps, the Council has identified the US and the UK as initial areas of focus. The Council will also look for ways to promote diversity in our supply chains and in the wider communities where we work. 

The Council is sponsored by Ben van Beurden, Shell’s CEO, Wael Sawan, Upstream Director, and Donny Ching, Legal Director. The Council has two independent members who provide outside perspectives and guidance; John Amaechi, CEO of APS, a UK strategy consultancy, and Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League, a civil rights and urban advocacy organisation in the USA.

The Council will also focus on changes to behaviours so that we are more inclusive of underrepresented groups within the organisation. The standards expected of employees and contractors are set out in our Code of Conduct and the Shell General Business Principles. We have clear guidelines for Shell leaders about the inclusive behaviours we expect from them and, starting in 2021, there will be mandatory training for all Shell employees promoting inclusive behaviours at work.

Shell employee networks include

  • The Shell Africa & Caribbean network
  • Shell Black network
  • Black, Asian & Minority ethnic (BAME) network
  • Asian network
  • IberoAmerican Network

A new conversation on race

Shell created the Employee Advisory Board (EAB) in October 2020. It is made up of 20 people with diverse perspectives and experiences from around the world. The members of the EAB include the heads of our Black and African networks in the USA, UK and the Netherlands. The EAB represents the voice of employees at Shell, and acts as advisor to the D&I Council for Race.

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