External voluntary codes
In addition to Shell’s commitments, policies and standards, we also support a number of external voluntary codes that guide us to operate in a responsible way.
United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Together with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, they provide a framework for businesses to respect human rights.
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights -The UNGP is an instrument consisting of 31 principles implementing the United Nations' "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations' (UN) 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) seek to address the world’s biggest challenges. We welcome the SDGs and aim to play our part in helping governments and societies to achieve them.
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
The UNGC supports companies to do business responsibly by adhering to ten principles that cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It also encourages companies to participate in advancing broader societal goals – such as those defined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals – with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
The OECD Guidelines detail responsible business conduct for the multinationals that operate in the OECD member states. Together they account for 85% of foreign direct investment. The Guidelines were updated in 2011
International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
Adopted in 1998, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work is an expression of commitment by governments, employers' and workers' organisations to uphold basic human values.
- International Labor Office (ILO) Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998)
- ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Statement of Principles and Agreed Actions
This aims to increase the transparency of payments made by business to governments and government-related entities as well as transparency of revenues by those host-country governments.
Transparency International Business Principles on Countering Bribery (2002)
This is a practical reference for companies to use in developing their own anti-bribery systems. The principles support initiatives such as the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, the ICC Rules of Conduct to Combat Extortion and Bribery, and the anti-bribery provisions of the revised OECD Guidelines for Multinationals.
Principles for Countering Bribery
The principles were launched in 2004 by the World Economic Forum to help combat global corruption. In 2015, 139 companies support the principles and use them to implement anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices or to improve existing programmes.
Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
The principles guide companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that respects fundamental human rights.
- Visit the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights website
- Discover more about our approach to human rights
World Bank’s “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” Initiative
Shell has been an active member of the World Bank sponsored Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership since 2002. Through the GGFR partnership, the World Bank has developed a “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” initiative that is designed to secure commitment from companies, governments and development organisations to end continuous flaring by 2030.
Responsible tax principles
We endorse the Responsible Tax Principles set out by the B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a group of global business leaders, and commit to implement them across our business over time. The Principles cover key areas such as tax management, interactions with authorities and other stakeholders and reporting.
Alliance to end plastic waste
Shell has joined the alliance to end plastic waste, an alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.
Methane guiding principles
In 2017, Shell and several other energy companies signed a set of non-binding Methane Guiding Principles (MGPs) that were developed collaboratively by a coalition of industry, international institutions, non-governmental organisations and academics. The MGPs focus on reducing methane emissions along the natural gas value chain, from production to the final consumer.
Building Responsibly Principles
Developed through the Building Responsibly business coalition, the 10 Principles establish a common, global baseline for the treatment of workers in the engineering and construction industry. Shell and several of our major contractors support the Principles, and intend to assess them against our practices and integrate them to contractor engagements.
- Read more on Shell’s approach to worker welfare
- Visit the Building Responsibly organizations worker welfare website
Joint Industry human rights supply chain engagement
In 2018, Shell together with BP, Equinor and Total announced that we have agreed to join forces to create a collaborative approach to human rights supplier assessments in the energy industry.
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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.
Respect for human rights is fundamental to Shell’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. We want to make a positive impact on society.
Advocacy and political activity
We share our technical expertise and have stepped up our advocacy efforts with governments.