Our work with industry associations
Industry associations play an important role in developing and implementing industry standards and best practices in areas such as health, safety, security and the protection of the environment. They also provide a valuable platform for industry-wide engagements with governments, regulators and communities on issues including climate change, trade, transport and tax.
We published a set of principles in our 2019 Industry Associations Climate Review to govern how we manage our relationships with industry associations on climate-related policy issues. These principles build on the Shell General Business Principles and Code of Conduct. They are incorporated in the Shell Control Framework, which sets the requirements for how all Shell entities operate. The principles aim to ensure our memberships of industry associations do not undermine our support for the goal of the Paris Agreement and the development of government policies that could help the world to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. They set out the actions we take if we find misalignment between the climate-related policy positions we support, and the policy and advocacy positions of the industry associations we belong to.
Our 2022 Industry Associations Climate Review Update highlights actions we have taken since our 2021 Industry Associations Climate Review to address differences in climate-related policy with the eight associations where we identified misalignment. The update also provides payment data for the 36 key industry associations we included in our 2021 report and provides a case study about our climate lobbying in the EU and USA.
In 2023, we will publish our next detailed Industry Associations Climate Review, where we plan to use our updated global Climate and energy transition policy positions as the basis of our assessments.
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Our policy positions on climate and energy transition serve as a global framework for Shell’s advocacy with governments, international organisations, industry associations, coalitions, and other stakeholders.
Here are examples of the positions we have taken in the climate debate around the world.