These collaborations bring important insights to our work. The map below shows some examples of our work with environmental and social partners. You can read more about the organisations we work with in the text below the map.
Environmental and social partners
Shell works with environmental and developmental organisations all over the world. This helps us to reduce our environmental and societal impact, to improve the quality of land and water around our operations and to benefit local communities.
Environmental and social partners
We work with several conservation organisations, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wetlands International and Earthwatch. By working together, these organisations can bring specific expertise to our projects in areas such as biodiversity, while advancing their scientific or conservation knowledge.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. Created in 1948, it harnesses the experience, resources and reach of more than 1,300 government and NGO members and some 16,000 experts.
Shell and IUCN have worked together since 1999 and participated in more than 50 joint projects. Shell’s focus has been on conserving and managing biodiversity in its operations and improving the way protected areas are managed, while IUCN has been able to trial innovative, science-based approaches, and engage with the energy sector to reduce potential impacts on biodiversity.
For example, IUCN has set up two Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panels as part of this collaboration. It helped us to mitigate environmental impacts: the IUCN Niger Delta Panel in Nigeria and the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) in Russia’s Far East. Explore the world map at the top of the page to learn more about the work of these panels.
Related to WGWAP's efforts, read about "Flex the Whale" and his remarkable migration across vast ocean distances, which has led scientists to a new understanding of the world’s grey whales in our Environment section.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading global conservation organisation working to create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to address some of the world’s toughest environmental challenges. The Nature Conservancy works in more than 65 countries, has more than one million members and collaborates closely with partners to protect lands and waters for nature and people.
We have been working with The Nature Conservancy since 2009. For example, the Conservancy helped us to develop a nature-based approach to control pipeline erosion in the Louisiana coastal zone in the US. Also, with our support the Conservancy launched an online tool to monitor migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, both areas where Shell has operations. View the world map at the top of the page to learn more about this work.
We are currently working with The Nature Conservancy to better understand how investing in natural climate solutions can help address the global climate challenge. This includes exploring how nature-based projects, such as large-scale reforestation, can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere while improving the livelihoods of local communities and preserving biodiversity and wildlife. These projects can generate carbon credits which are used to compensate for emissions elsewhere as part of a transition to a lower-carbon future.
Shell has worked with Wetlands International since 2001 on projects that range from managing biodiversity and water issues at our operations in Iraq, Brunei and Canada to combining wetland conservation with the creation of sustainable livelihood opportunities for local communities in Nigeria.
View the world map at the top of the page to learn more about our work with Wetlands International in Majnoon, Iraq, and the waterbird surveys supported by Shell Development Oman.
Shell partners with Earthwatch to offer employees the chance to participate in environmental research and conservation projects through its global staff-driven platform, Project Better World. Earthwatch and Shell’s partnership started in 1998, and within its first 20 years enabled Shell employees from 49 countries to contribute nearly 49,000 hours to data collection and conservation activities.
By volunteering in the Earthwatch Expedition programme Shell employees gain a broader understanding of environmental issues by making a hands-on contribution to scientific research.
The programme also includes interactive sessions that inspire, educate and enable Shell employees as sustainability advocates. Staff broaden their understanding of Shell’s approach to sustainability, and demonstrate leadership through sustainability-related action after the programme. Assignments are worldwide with a focus on research topics that link to environmental issues of relevance to Shell.
Read about the experience of the 1,000th employee who joined this programme in A thousand contributions to the frontline of conservation.
Through the Earth Skills Network programme, experts from Shell use their experience to share knowledge and transfer key business skills to people who manage protected areas – the world’s most precious natural areas – to help them meet organisational challenges. It gives Shell employees the opportunity to sharpen professional competencies and broaden their understanding of how business decisions can have an impact on the environment.
In addition, through the global Earthwatch-Shell partnership, we provide funding to selected community engagement initiatives that are linked to the research expeditions visited by Shell volunteers.
In collaboration with international and local partners, we help tackle a range of social or human rights issues related to specific projects. These partnerships help us address specific issues in places where we operate – such as boosting local employment – or to implement projects that support local communities, such as improving road safety for school children.
Danish Inst. for Human Rights
The Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR) works in partnership with state institutions, international and regional organisations, business and civil society organisations. Included in its mandate is to engage directly with companies to help them protect and promote human rights. Shell and DIHR have been engaging on human rights since 1999 and DIHR has already helped Shell to embed human rights into existing policies and processes.
We partner with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement programmes in countries where we need their expertise. For example, in Somalia, our shipping business is working with the UNDP to help steer young people, many of whom are unemployed, away from piracy. We have also donated $1 million to help improve road access between local communities in the country.
Through our global strategic partnership with Mercy Corps, we help local people recover from crisis or build better lives and transform their communities, in a number of places where we operate. In Sichuan province, China, for example, we helped subsistence farmers to improve their farming practices - Read the story "Helping farmers in China's Sichuan Province".
Global Road Safety Partnership
We are a lead partner in the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), which aims to improve road safety by working together with government, non-governmental organisations and businesses. The partnership helps us to improve our own road safety community programmes.
We also work with them to improve road safety in cities and communities, including an initiative to help children travel safely to and from school. View the world map on top of the page to read about South Africa’s “Safe to School, Safe to Home” programme.
Smoke from open fires contributes to the death of more than four million people every year around the globe. Shell is working with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to encourage the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuel in 100 million homes by 2020.
In 2012, RESOLVE and other leading companies agreed there was a need to have more open discussions about FPIC (free, prior, informed consent). FPIC is the right of indigenous people to give or withhold consent for a development.
Shell is an active member of the FPIC Solutions Dialogue steering committee. It is an initiative to develop practical guidance and to support FPIC community processes relating to mining and oil and gas projects.