Advocacy and political activity
The global transition to net-zero emissions needs unprecedented collaboration. Shell is working with governments, industry associations, coalitions and others to help shape comprehensive policy, legislation and regulation.
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.
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
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.
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.
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