Sustainability at Shell touches on all areas of our operations. We aim to deliver the energy needed for a growing population in a responsible way - respecting people, their safety and the environment. Sustainability is essential to the longevity of our business and our role as a member of society.

Our approach to sustainability is integrated across our business activities on three levels:

1. Running a safe, efficient, responsible and profitable business

This is the foundation of our approach, which includes having global standards, processes and tools in place to manage safety, the environment and community involvement. We aim to continuously improve the way we operate to prevent incidents and identify, avoid where possible and minimise adverse environmental and social impacts across our projects and facilities. We report on our performance in our annual sustainability report.

2. Sharing wider benefits where we operate

Our business is planned for the long term, which means we can be part of a community for decades. We help to develop local economies by creating jobs, sourcing from local suppliers, and paying taxes and royalties. We support community projects that are based on the needs of the local communities.

3. Helping to shape a more sustainable energy future

In the coming decades, more and cleaner energy will be needed for economic development in the face of growing environmental pressures. We are investing in low-carbon energy solutions and advanced technologies, such as those that increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions. We continue to contribute to the public dialogue on energy and climate policy. Yet, the scale of the global challenges that the world faces are too great for one company, or one sector, to resolve. We advocate business, government and civil society working together to better shape a more sustainable energy future.

Shell's approach to sustainability

Image is of a triangle showing 3 levels of Shell's approach to sustainability: Running a safe, efficient, responsible and profitable business; Sharing wider benefits where we operate; Helping to shape a sustainable energy future

Embedding sustainability in our projects

When we plan or develop new facilities, or make changes to existing ones, we apply a staged process that is consistent around the world. This includes:

  • conducting integrated assessments on potential environmental, social and health impacts;
  • conducting specific risk assessments or specialist studies; and
  • engaging with and assessing concerns from communities.

These assessments help us to manage and reduce impacts at all stages of the project.

The results of these assessments are documented in a project management plan which is signed off by the business manager who has overall accountability for the project. The plan is monitored and reviewed throughout the life cycle of the project. At each review stage in the project development process, we decide if and how we move forward with the project. This includes balancing the short- and long-term interests, and integrating economic, environmental and social considerations when taking business decisions.

We train teams to help them understand how best to embed sustainability in our projects. We also have specialists within Shell in areas such as biodiversity, waste and water management, indigenous people’s rights, cultural heritage and resettlement. The specialists work alongside project teams to ensure that potential impacts on local communities and the environment are considered in project design, construction and during operations.

Online Sustainability Report 2016

Discover what we say about our approach to sustainable development in our online Sustainability Report 2016.

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