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Tax transparency timeline

We aim for an open dialogue on tax matters with governments, policymakers, businesses, investors and civil society. Since 2003, we have taken steps to be more transparent about the taxes we pay.

Tax transparency timeline

  • 2003

    • One of the initiators of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
  • 2012

    • First voluntary publication of tax payments in 14 countries.
    • Publication of Shell's Approach to Tax.
  • 2016

    • First publication of Payments to Governments Report in line with European regulations (covering exploration and production activities).
  • 2017

    • Publication of Shell UK Tax Strategy and Statement on Tax Evasion.
    • Shell's first country-by-country report submitted to tax authorities.
  • 2018

    • Pilot International Compliance and Assurance Programme.
    • Shell commits to The B Team Responsible Tax Principles.
  • 2019

    • First publication of Shell's Tax Contribution Report.
  • 2021

    • Shell agrees to report on environmental, social and governance performance factors, including tax, against the World Economic Forum Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics.
  • 2022

    • Shell helps develop and signs up to the Tax Governance Code in the Netherlands with members of the VNO-NCW industry association.