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
spent globally on goods and services
spent in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA
spent in countries where gross domestic product is less than $15,000 a year per person [A]
spent in these low-income countries with local suppliers
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 www.shell.com/sustainability/communities/local-employment-and-enterprise.