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Environmental collaborations

Powering progress

  • Our ambition is to strengthen external partnerships and improve transparency on performance.
  • We will ensure that external partnerships inform key areas of development and delivery of our ambitions.

We work with external parties to enable a positive impact on the environment. Collaboration can help us to reduce waste, improve circularity of materials and help ensure local communities benefit from our presence.

Existing collaborations and new partnerships are key to implementing our Respecting Nature ambitions and commitments. For more than 20 years, we have worked with our global environmental partners the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Earthwatch. They provided input on the development of our Respecting Nature commitments and continue to support their implementation.

We work with Earthwatch to help Shell staff develop their sustainability leadership skills and deepen their understanding of our Respecting Nature ambitions. In 2022, more than 3,500 staff were trained in 20 countries.

We are a founding member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, have a seat on the executive committee, co-chair the Energy programme and participate in several groups related to nature including biodiversity, plastic waste, circular economy and nature-based solutions.

Shell is a Vice Chair of Ipieca, the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance across the energy transition. Shell chairs Ipieca’s overall Environmental Working Group and is active in all workstreams on climate, nature, people and sustainability.

We are a signatory of the Business for Nature Call to Action.

Transparency and standards

We are a member of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures Forum, which aims to develop a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks.

In 2022, we joined the Science Based Targets Network Corporate Engagement Program and are helping to make its guidance for setting science-based targets easy to use and implement.

Our major installations are certified to independent environmental management system standards, such as ISO 14001 or equivalent systems required by local regulations. Major installations include crude oil and natural gas terminals, gas plants, manned offshore production platforms, refineries and chemical manufacturing facilities. Of these, 100% were certified at the end of 2022. Read more about the certification of our major installations in our 2022 Annual Report.

More than 45% of our offices and laboratories in our real estate portfolio have been certified as sustainable by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a leading green building rating system.

Read more about our environmental partners at

International Organization for Standardization
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