We invest in community projects so that local people may benefit from social and economic development. This investment is sometimes voluntary and sometimes required by governments, or part of a contractual agreement.
The intent of our social investment programmes is to benefit Shell as well as society or the environment. We have three global social investment themes:
- access to energy;
- science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; and
- community skills and enterprise development.
Social investment programme focus areas are determined by local community needs and priorities.
in lower-income countries
In 2018, we spent almost $175 million on social investment, of which 35% was required by government regulations or contractual agreements. We spent $113 million on voluntary social investment, of which around $66 million was in line with our global themes. The remaining $47 million was spent on local programmes for community development, disaster relief, road safety, health and biodiversity.
More than $102 million of our total social investment spend in 2018 was in countries that are part of the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index 2017. These countries have a gross domestic product of less than $15,000 a year per person. Significant support is also provided in the form of voluntary work by Shell employees and equipment donations.