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Local content

We want to make a positive difference to countries and local communities where we operate. We do this by creating jobs, training people, supporting local businesses and buying goods and services from local suppliers – collectively referred to as local content.

Shell local content activities in 2021

  • $37.5 billion

    spent globally on goods and services

  • 63%

    spent in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA

  • $4.2 billion

    spent in countries where gross domestic product is less than $15,000 a year per person [A]

  • 88.1%

    spent in these low-income countries with local suppliers

[A] According to the UN Development Programme's Human Development Index 2019

In 2021, 84.8% of the $37.5 billion we spent on goods and services was purchased from suppliers based in the same country of operation, also called local procurement. About 63% of our procurement was in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA, of which 83.5% was spent with local suppliers.

We estimate that around $4.2 billion was spent in countries that, according to the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index 2019, have a gross domestic product of less than $15,000 a year per person. In these countries, Shell companies spent around 88.1%, or around $3.7 billion, with local suppliers.

Discover more about how we work to support the countries in which we operate in the Community skills and entrepreneurship section and at

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