"Women account for 20% of engineering graduates, yet only 11% of the engineering workforce." 

World Economic Forum

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#makethefuture gender balanced

Shell has long supported and been committed to nurturing female talent. Yet external research1 suggests that women can often be pushed out of engineering and technology by stereotypes, biases and micro-inequities.

Shell promotes a culture that is gender balanced. This extends to the way we hire and develop our female talent. We run leadership workshops designed specifically for women. We offer a global minimum standard for maternity leave as well as flexible working arrangements. Through long term partnerships with universities and research centers, we also help women to gain exposure in fields where they are underrepresented, like science and engineering.

In the last five years, Shell has increased female representation on our Board of Directors from 8% to 33%2. We have also seen the representation of women in senior leadership positions rise from 16% in 2012 to 22% in 2017. For us, this is just the beginning.

What Shell is doing to support women in engineering & technology

Nilanjana Bhattacharya – HR Advisor in Bangalore, India

Nilanjana’s story

Nilanjana’s story is of an ambitious HR Advisor who thrives in Shell’s dynamic and diverse culture. 

Olga Kortbeek receiving the Great Place to Work award

Olga’s story

Olga explains how her 15-year career with Shell has provided opportunities for growth and development.

Read Olga’s story
Subapriya in train

Subapriya’s story

Subapriya explains why Shell’s open, collaborative culture reflects her own positive philosophy and love of teamwork.

Read Subapriya’s story
Cherie Lew – HR Business Partner, Singapore

Cherie’s story

Cherie’s story looks at why Shell’s values and warm culture play such an important role in her career satisfaction.

Read Cherie’s story
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A top employer for women

Once again Shell is delighted to be included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. The award comes as a result of a proactive approach to creating opportunities for all. 

A top employer for women
At Shell, female colleagues are working together to develop their careers.

Developing the female leaders of tomorrow

Two programmes at Shell are helping inspiring women develop their careers and reach their full potential. Learn how. 

Developing our female leaders

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