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North America

Isopropyl Distribution at Shell Station


We donated around 125,000 litres of isopropyl alcohol to the Canadian government for use in health-care facilities.

We produced 2,700 reusable face shields using a 3D printer at Shell Scotford, a chemicals and refining complex, for use by provincial health-care authorities.


In Mexico City, Hyundai Motor Company provided vehicles for around 100 doctors to travel every day for around five weeks to a temporary hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Shell provided free fuel for the vehicles, and food and drink for the doctors.


Shell donated isopropyl alcohol to customers for use in the manufacture of disinfectant wipes for hospitals, among other uses.

Shell TapUp, a mobile fuel service company, has provided fuel to charities that offer food to vulnerable people, including Meals on Wheels.

Shell has also provided 2.5 million meals* to help fight hunger in communities in need through a donation of $250,000 to Feeding America, a non-profit network of food banks.

And we made a donation to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to support minority university students whose education has been affected by COVID-19. We are also supporting minority and woman-owned businesses through a donation to the Urban League of Louisiana, a non-governmental organisation that is providing virtual educational seminars on ways to survive the economic downturn.

South America

COVID-19 field hospital at Brazil


Working with FAUTAPO, a non-governmental organisation, Shell provided food packages to 70 families near one of our projects, whose food provisions were running low. 

Also with FAUTAPO, we supplied seamstresses in a town near our exploration well with materials and training to make face masks, which they sell locally.


Shell made a donation to support the construction of a field hospital in Rio de Janeiro, through the Brazilian Petroleum Gas and Biofuels Institute, a trade association. Rede D’Or, a health-care company, built the hospital to care for patients with COVID-19. Shell also made a donation to Rede D’Or to convert 50 infirmary beds into intensive care units at another field hospital.

The Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Innovation (RCGI), co-funded by Shell and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, helped develop an emergency lung ventilator for COVID-19 patients. The RCGI conducted tests needed for official accreditation of the ventilator, which can be manufactured more quickly and at a lower cost than conventional ventilators in Brazil.

The Santos Dumont supercomputer has been made available to scientists researching the COVID-19 pandemic. Owned by Petrobras, it was initially designed to process oil and gas data. Following investment to expand its processing capacity by the Libra consortium, led by Petrobras in partnership with Shell (20% interest) and other companies, the computer can perform up to 5.1 quadrillion calculations per second.




Shell donated 3,000 boxes of food to vulnerable people, including the elderly and low-income families.


Shell donated around 55,000 face masks to the Viggiano and Cinisello Balsamo civil protection departments, local offices of Protezione Civile, a national body that deals with emergency events in Italy.


We have made 2.5 million litres of isopropyl alcohol available free of charge for the health-care sector.


Shell offered free fuel for vehicles provided by car maker Audi for doctors to travel to work at a hospital in Moscow.

Salym Petroleum Development (Shell interest 50%) donated around 24,000 face masks to communities near its operations.


Shell donated isopropyl alcohol for processing into hand sanitiser to be distributed to hospitals under the direction of the Ministry of Health.


Shell formed a cohort with engineering, 3D-printing and injection-moulding experts to help provide personal protective equipment to the health-care sector. Total, Shell, Baker Hughes and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre worked with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Grampian to develop and deploy reusable face shield visors.

Shell in the UK also made a series of monthly donations to foodbanks close to its main operating sites. The funds were shared across foodbanks in the five communities around Shell’s offices and gas plants.


Worker giving sanitizer to customer


Shell Egypt is partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support vulnerable communities in the Matrouh Governorate in Northern Egypt. Shell Egypt is providing financial assistance to children in community schools in rural areas, topping up an electronic voucher provided by the WFP, which can be used to purchase food, sanitiser, or other hygiene items from local retailers. The initiative is supporting 2,000 families.


The joint venture in Kenya owned by Shell and Vivo Lubricants has made changes to a lubricants blending plant, which is now producing hand sanitisers for the government.


Shell Namibia Upstream and its joint venture partners Kosmos Energy and the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) have made a donation to the Orange Babies Namibia Foundation (OBNAM), a charity. This will provide around $60,000 worth of food and hygiene parcels to 1500 orphans, other vulnerable children and their families in a settlement near Windhoek. Between July and December 2020, Shell Namibia Upstream, Kosmos Energy and NAMCOR are funding monthly parcels for 300 households that OBNAM has identified as extremely vulnerable. These contain food, protective face coverings and soap bars.


Shell is part of a group of companies, led by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, that donated around $30 million to the Nigerian government to support health-care facilities. Shell and its partners contributed around $3.2 million.

Nigerian off grid impact investing company All On, seeded with funding from Shell, has provided $500,000 to support four renewable energy companies in Nigeria in providing solar power to emergency health centres being set up to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight solar and storage systems have been installed in health facilities. And 95 solar systems designed for homes are being used to power emergency centres operated by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Shell Nigeria Gas (Shell interest 100%) donated medical equipment, including a testing machine, to the governments of Abia, Bayelsa and Ogun states to support them in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Africa

Shell made a donation to Gift of the Givers Foundation, a non-governmental organisation. The donation was used to provide food parcels to around 10,000 low-income households.



Shell has donated AUD$1 million to support communities. This includes a donation of food and cleaning products to the Yawuru people and the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation, a charity, supporting more than 155 families. The donation also includes a grant programme to help businesses reopen in the Western Downs Region.


Shell worked with the One Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, to donate medical supplies to hospitals in Hubei. The supplies included around 30 tonnes of medical ethanol, 10,000 sets of medical coveralls, and 5,000 pairs of goggles.


To help rural communities where Shell operates, in Olpad, Surat we have built an oxygen generation plant converting ambient air to high-flow oxygen for people receiving treatement for COVID-19 at the Community Health Centre - a facility which provides health care for 105 villages and around 200,000 people.



Shell is working to source supplies of oxygen concentrators, which help people recovering from COVID-19 at home to breathe purer air. So far Shell has provided a total of 140 concentrators to staff, contractors and local communities sourced through global health services company International SOS.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have supported more than 126,000 people with more than 35,000 relief kits and 14,800 meals.

Shell staff have distributed 16,000 grocery kits to vulnerable communities and daily wage workers around Shell fuel stations, along with local authorities, in more than 15 cities.

We have offered complimentary beverages to 2,600 members of the health-care community across 62 sites to show our appreciation.

And we have distributed 3,000 hygiene kits to Uber Medic, a service for health-care workers, and to essential drivers who are providing services to the community.

Through VisionSpring and our distributor partners, we have distributed care packages with food and hygiene essentials to 12,000 truckers and transport staff stranded at the borders and mechanics whose income has been impacted across 22 cities.

We have provided 1,600 vulnerable families in villages around the Shell Technology Centre in Bangalore with grocery and hygiene items that will support them for at least two weeks.

We have provided 800 vulnerable families around our Taloja lubricants plant with grocery and hygiene items that will support them for a week. We have also distributed grocery kits to 2,575 vulnerable families, including Halpati fishermen, in villages around our Hazira facility.

We have provided essential groceries to community kitchens in two places in Surat city to migrant workers and poor families for their survival and well-being.
Nearly 1,300 patients have benefited from free health care at the Hazira community health-care centre, sponsored and supported by Shell.


Shell Indonesia distributed over 200,000 care kits to health-care professionals, communities, customers and front-line workers.


The Basrah Gas Company (BGC, Shell interest 44%), distributed 700 food parcels to underprivileged families in Basrah and its districts, in collaboration with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, a humanitarian organisation, and Ecolog International, a BGC contractor. Each parcel contained essential food items for a month’s consumption.


Shell Kazakhstan and other companies jointly donated medical equipment to a hospital in Nur-Sultan. The North Caspian Operating Company (Shell interest 16.81%) and Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (Shell interest 29.25%) donated intensive care equipment to hospitals in the regions where they operate.


In partnership with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) and MERCY Malaysia, Shell Malaysia has donated an additional $1 million (RM4.2 million) to help provide assistance for vulnerable communities, and support the national healthcare system in vaccination and other long-term recovery efforts. This brings the total donation amount to $2 million (RM8.6 million.)


Shell worked with Lifebuoy, a Unilever brand of antibacterial soap, on a campaign to raise awareness of the need for handwashing. Customers and staff took part in awareness sessions at 50 Shell-branded retail sites. And Lifebuoy provided a 30-day supply of soaps to an additional 50 Shell-branded sites.

Lockdown has reduced the earnings of mechanics in Pakistan. We distributed safety kits and packages containing a month’s food to more than 65 mechanics in Karachi, Islamabad-Rawalpindi and Lahore, Pakistan’s three biggest transport centres.


The Pilipinas Shell Foundation (PSFI), the social investment arm of Shell companies in the Philippines, is running a programme to help farmers get their produce to markets during lockdown.

PSFI bought rice and vegetables from 142 local farmers who were unable to get their produce to market during lockdown, and donated it to groups providing meals to more than 4,000 front-line workers. The programme has provided more than 500,000 meals to date.


Volunteers from Shell in Singapore are running two programmes with Lakeside Family Services, a non-profit organisation. One is a virtual befriending programme, where volunteers check in every week on elderly people. The other is a virtual tuition programme for underprivileged primary school students.


Shell has made a $410,000 donation to the Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok to help it convert two wards with a total of 34 beds into negative pressure isolation units to help to stop the spread of COVID-19. 


*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks, according to Feeding America.

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