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Contribution to society

Shell’s businesses are part of society and contribute to it by buying and selling goods and services in many countries. Our employees, suppliers and contractors are part of the local communities where Shell operates.

In 2021, Shell paid $58.7 billion to governments (2020: $47.3 billion). We paid $6.0 billion in corporate income taxes and $6.6 billion in government royalties, and collected $46.1 billion in excise duties, sales taxes and similar levies on our fuel and other products on behalf of governments. In 2021, Shell spent $37.5 billion (2020: $39.3 billion) on goods and services from more than 24,000 suppliers globally.

For more information about our approach to tax and transparency, see Shell’s Tax Contribution Report, available via our website