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Our governance and standards

All our employees and contractors, including those at joint ventures we operate, are required to act in accordance with the Shell Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Performance (HSSE & SP) Control Framework. This defines standards and accountabilities for HSSE & SP at every level in our organisation. We have comprehensive assurance processes in place to monitor compliance.

The people who manage our projects or facilities are accountable for running their operations responsibly. They do this by working with communities, non-governmental organisations, partners and others to better understand and address the impact of our operations. HSSE & SP specialists, who are located at facilities around the world, are responsible for working with business leaders to help improve our sustainability performance.

Overall accountability for sustainable development within Shell lies with the CEO and Executive Committee. They set priorities and standards in sustainable development that help shape our business activities. The CEO chairs the HSSE & SP Executive, which assesses how we manage our sustainability performance.

The Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee (CSRC) of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc reviews policies and performance with respect to the Shell General Business Principles, Code of Conduct, HSSE & SP standards and issues of public concern on behalf of the Board. In addition to regular meetings, members of the CSRC visit facilities to become more familiar with our operations and the views of local people. They also meet with the External Review Committee of the Shell Sustainability Report to hear its views on our approach to sustainability.