Shell collaborates and works with different organisations around the world. These relationships help us to build trust among a diverse range of stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations.

We define collaboration to mean all forms of working with organisations outside of Shell. Collaborating with these different organisations helps us to gain insight into our business and industry, while the sharing of knowledge and experience with others contributes to the continuous improvement of practices. We participate in relevant sector discussions, ranging from improving industry-wide technical standards to reviewing ways to tackle human rights abuses within the supply chain.

Some of the views of the organisations with which we work may differ from our own. For example, we may not always agree with their opinions on topics, such as climate change. In these cases, we make our views known within the organisation and seek to influence their policy position. However, we believe it is important to remain involved with these organisations to do this, particularly where we benefit from working together in areas such as safety, the environment and human rights. In our Carbon Disclosure Project submission, we provide more information on organisations with which we work but whose position on climate change is not entirely consistent with our own.

We review this work to ensure the objectives of these collaborations are being met and that the relationships remain mutually beneficial. The table shows some of the organisations that we collaborate with globally on sustainability and technology. Shell also works with many local organisations in countries around the world.

Collaborations overview












Environmental sustainability and climate change


Human rights and social responsibility


Safety and technical standards


Technology and innovation


Transparency and governance











American Petroleum Institute (API)














Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)








Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)








Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)









Energy Institute (EI)








Energy Transitions Commission (ETC)









Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)









Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves








Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI)









Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR)








Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP)









International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)





International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC)








International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)









IPIECA (industry association for environmental and social issues)






Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)









Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS)








Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)








UN Global Compact







Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)









World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)