We have put clear and effective governance structures in place throughout Shell, along with many performance standards and other controls. These influence the decisions we make and the actions we take, at every level of our company.

Our governance procedures are applied to all areas of decision-making across Shell. This involves the Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc, four Board Committees, our Executive Committee, and the teams and individuals who work in our operations. We take rigorous care to ensure decisions are cascaded within the business.

Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee

One of the four Board Committees is our Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee (CSRC). It reviews and advises on our sustainability policies and practices to ensure that these are discussed, understood, owned and promoted at Board level. This can include advising on areas as broad as climate change and human rights through to process safety management.

The CSRC also visits different Shell operations each year to speak with Shell employees, contractors and suppliers, as well as with community members and external stakeholders. After each visit, the CSRC shares its observations with the Board and with the management responsible for that project.The Committee’s work strengthens sustainability within our operations around the world.

The CSRC today

The CSRC's role is to review and advise Shell about our policies and performance against the Shell General Business Principles, our Code of Conduct and our mandatory Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Performance standards.

The CSRC meets regularly throughout the year. It reviews and discusses a wide range of sustainability-related topics and assesses our sustainability performance, audit results and the sustainable development metrics that apply to the Executive Committee. It also monitors major issues of public concern that may be relevant to Shell.

CSRC members

The CSRC had three members in 2016. Each was a non-executive director:

  • In 2016, the Chairman of the CSRC is Hans Wijers, formally Chief Executive and Chairman of Akzo Nobel (Chairman of the Committee with effect from May 20, 2015).
  • Sir Nigel Sheinwald, a former British diplomat.
  • Patricia A. Woertz, a business leader with extensive oil industry experience.

In 2016, the CSRC visited the Karachaganak facilities in Kazakhstan, co-operated by Shell. During the visit, the CSRC engaged with local stakeholders including employees and government representatives. The CSRC also dedicated a session in 2016 to Nigeria and individual CSRC members visited the Moerdijk and the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) sites in The Netherlands.

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