We invest in community projects so that local people can 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 society and the environment where we operate, and also to create a more positive local business environment for Shell.
As well as responding to local social investment priorities, we have three global social investment themes:
- access to energy;
- science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM); and
- community skills and enterprise development.
Social investment programme focus areas are determined by local community needs and priorities.
In 2019, we spent almost $173 million on social investment, of which 33% was required by government regulations or contractual agreements. We spent $116 million on voluntary social investment, of which around $60 million was in line with our global themes. The remaining $56 million was spent on local programmes for community development, disaster relief, road safety, health and biodiversity.
Around $84 million of our total social investment spend in 2019 was in countries that are part of the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index 2018. These countries have a gross domestic product of less than $15,000 a year per person.