Topic overview

The 2018 Sustainability Report, published on April 2, 2019, is our 22nd. It focuses on the key sustainability challenges we face and the many ways we are responding. It details our social, safety and environmental performance in 2018.

Index to topics in this Sustainability Report

Topic selection outcome


Filter the topics by theme or click on the box to go to the relevant section in the report

Filter the report by the sustainable development goals most relevant to Shell’s core business

Access to energy
Carbon capture and storage
Climate change and energy transition
Distributed and household energy
Energy-efficient products
Greenhouse gas emissions
Lower-carbon energy
Methane emissions
Natural gas
Nature-based solutions
Net Carbon Footprint
Business strategy
Divested ventures
Embedding sustainability into projects
Executive remuneration
Human rights
Living by our principles
Non-operated ventures
Performance highlights
Revenue transparency and tax
Sustainability at Shell
UN sustainable development goals
Biodiversity and sensitive areas
Energy efficiency
Environmental partners
Environmental performance
Non-greenhouse gas emissions
Contractor safety
Preparing for emergencies
Product stewardship
Road safety
Personal safety
Process safety
Safety performance
Cultural heritage
Engaging with communities
Indigenous peoples
Involuntary resettlement
Local content
Our people
Shell Foundation
Skills development
Social investment
Social partners
Social performance data
STEM education
Supply chain
Groningen, the Netherlands

Topic selection

The topic selection process identifies the sustainability subjects that were most relevant to Shell and our stakeholders or were prominent globally in 2018.

Each year, we use a structured process to select the report’s content and confirm its validity. We engage with various groups and individuals to understand specific concerns about our business and its impact around the world, particularly in relation to the environment and society. We consider, among others, the views of our stakeholders such as non-governmental organisations, customers, the media, academics, investors and employees across our business. We gather opinions and advice in various ways including formal and informal meetings, workshops and online surveys.

This report lists the topics that were a priority to Shell in 2018. The topics that consistently ranked of higher importance were energy transition and climate change, as well as business ethics, transparency and corporate governance.

The main steps involved in selecting the topics are:

  • identify and understand topics that are important to our stakeholders and our strategy;
  • collate the topics identified as of high importance;
  • identify the topics that will be covered elsewhere on;
  • consider input from our Report Review Panel to ensure that coverage is balanced, relevant and complete; and
  • inform Shell’s Executive Committee of the chosen topics, for their endorsement.

External voices

Several individuals have shared their views on Shell’s more significant activities in sections of the report called External voices. These quotes are intended to give independent perspectives on our activities. They come from a range of organisations in areas such as civil society, academia, contracting and supply, community leadership, as well as from customers and people living or working near our facilities. They also reflect some of the different regions where we operate and some of our various businesses and projects. Contributors are not remunerated for their quotes.

Reporting guidelines

We report in line with guidelines developed by , the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. This report has also been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core option (see GRI index for full details).

We used the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to guide and inform our reporting in our Annual Report and Sustainability Report, complemented by our Sky scenario and the Shell Energy Transition Report. The TCFD was set up by the Financial Stability Board, an international body, and its recommendations call on companies to provide greater transparency about how they identify, assess and manage climate-related risks and opportunities.

More detailed information about how we report is available at

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