We advocate our positions on matters which affect us, our employees, customers, shareholders or local communities, in accordance with our values and the Shell General Business Principles. Shell engages with governments and regulators directly and through groups such as industry associations or advocacy coalitions.

We aim to be at the forefront of the drive for greater transparency around political engagement. Our statement on corporate political engagement, is based on Transparency International – UK’s principles for corporate political engagement transparency and provides details of our approach in four main areas: internal governance, political payments, responsible lobbying, recruitment and secondments.

Corporate political engagement statement

Lobbying spend

In the European Union (EU) and the USA, we report expenditure associated with our lobbying activities in line with the requirements and guidelines set out in the EU Transparency Register and the US Lobbying Disclosure Act, respectively. There are different rules for which costs should be reported in these two submissions and we are required to comply with the appropriate requirements for each jurisdiction. These submissions are publicly available:

  • In the EU, Shell's reported estimated annual costs related to activities covered by the register were €4,000,000 – 4,499,999 in 2021.1
  • In the USA, Shell's reported expenses related to lobbying practices were $7,080,000 in 2021.2

Climate lobbying

We are working towards greater transparency around climate lobbying and will continue to engage with other companies, investors and non-governmental organisations. You can read more about our policy positions, advocacy and Industry Associations Climate Reviews below. We also provide a case study about our climate lobbying in the EU and the USA in our 2022 Industry Associations Climate Review Update.

Global climate and energy transition policy positions

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.

Our climate-related advocacy

Here are examples of the positions we have taken in the climate debate around the world.

Our work with industry associations

Read our industry association climate reviews.

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External voluntary codes

The Shell General Business Principles and Shell Code of Conduct guide the business activities of Shell companies. We also support a number of external voluntary codes.

Commitments, policies and standards

Our comprehensive set of codes, policies and assurance processes define how we aim to operate in socially and environmentally responsible ways.

Our Values

At Shell, we share a set of core values – honesty, integrity and respect for people – which underpin all the work we do. The Shell General Business Principles, Code of Conduct, and Ethics and Compliance Manual help everyone at Shell act in line with these values and comply with relevant laws and regulations.

Payments to governments

We are supporting transparency in the payments we make to governments and helping them to better manage oil and gas revenues.