Royal Dutch Shell
|Royal Dutch Shell|
|Industry||Oil & Gas|
|Headquarters||The Hague, Netherlands|
|Executive Chairman||Jorma Ollila|
|CEO||Ben van Beurden|
|Products||Petroleum, natural gas, and other petrochemicals|
|Market Value||238.993,5 m$|
- 1 About Royal Dutch Shell
- 2 Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy
- 3 Employment Policy
- 4 Education
- 5 Notable Activities
- 6 External Links
About Royal Dutch Shell
Shell is a multinational oil and gas Company with its headquarters located in The Hague, Netherlands. Royal Dutch Shell is a parent company of the Shell group and is incorporated in England and Wales. Shells link to the UK comes from the February 1907 UK merger of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company (legal name in Dutch, N.V. Koninklijke Nederlandsche Petroleum Maatschappij) and the "Shell" Transport and Trading Company Ltd resulting in Royal Dutch Shell plc. Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading. It also has major renewable energy activities related to biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind power. Shell operates in more than 70 countries, has in average 92,000 employees and produces around 3.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy
Shell actively supports various social programs and projects. Various projects and facilities are a part of numerous communities around the world. Shell was a founding member of the UN Global Compact and supports its principles in human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In 2012, Shell began the drilling of two exploratory wells in the Arctic waters off Alaska. This was a significant step forward in company’s efforts to develop these resources in a responsible way. Shell has worked closely with the people of Alaska’s North Slope, with regulatory authorities and with some environmental non-governmental organizations. Over the past five years the company has spent around $14 billion on goods and services from companies in countries with lower incomes and around $149 million has been spent on voluntary investments in 2012.
Shell employs around 92,000 employees over the world in more than 70 countries. Employees are central to the delivery of strategy and management involves them in the planning and direction of their own work. Shell states ‘A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success and are aligned with our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people’ (Shell Global, 2014). People from different cultures, ages and gender with diverse set of skills benefits business and help to understand better its customers. Shell provides flexible working practices and offers competitive levels of annual leave entitlements and maternity/paternity leave. Moreover, the company encourages its employees to participate in employee interest groups and social responsibility projects.
Cultural Exchange Programs
Shell supported the development of an exchange program between NUS Faculty of Engineering (Singapore) and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). In addition Shell engages experts from all over the world to get involved in its special designed Live webchats. This practice allows hundreds of people from different countries to join the live hour-long discussion on energy-related themes. Shell dialogue forums are also open to continue discussion beyond the live sessions.
International Internship Program
Shell international internship programs offer a world-class training and support. Shell has a variety of internships that introduce participants to the inner workings of the Group. Interns work in teams alongside high level Shell employees.
Grants and Scholarships
Shell provides various grants and scholarship programs. For instance, the company provides monetary grants to nonprofit organizations within the U.S. Priority is given to organizations in or near communities where Shell operates (Shell, 2014).
Cooperation with Universities
Promoting Human- and Civil Rights
Shell aims to respect fundamental human rights in line with legitimate role of business. Company’s approach to human rights is informed by general concepts from the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Their focus is on four areas across Shell’s activities where respect for human rights is especially critical to the way company operates: communities, labour, supply chains and security. Shell also aims to create a workplace that encourages people to make the best use of their talents and provides them with flexible working conditions to meet their individual needs. The company’s code of conduct is based on three core values: honesty, integrity and respect. Staff is encouraged to report all sorts of breaches of the code of confidentially and anonymously. The program HIV/AIDS pursued by Shell states there is no discrimination against anyone affected by HIV/AIDS. The company also cooperates with the Danish Institute for Human Rights in order to employ better human rights practices.
Activities in the Field of Humanitarian Aid
In the UK, Shell donated $16 million in 2012 to charitable causes and sponsorships. This included donations to: “The Big Bang”, the UK’s largest single science and engineering fair for young people; a climate science gallery at the Science Museum, London; and the Shell Foundation, an independent charity established in 2000 that applies business thinking to global development challenges.
Supporting Music and Visual Arts
Shell was a sponsor of Classic International concert REAPS in London in 2012. Shell worked together with the National Art Gallery in order to promote Dutch Art in the United States. Shell’s company foundation also sponsors exhibitions including the Small Wonders exhibition and Shell regularly sponsors the National Gallery of Art in the United States.
Supporting Films Industry
The film unit of The Shell Company of Australia has taken an active interest in film as a communicative medium since the 1920s when it began sponsoring short documentaries and producing cinema advertisements. These included The Origin of Oil (1923) and Australasian Gazette 10,000 Miles around Australia (1926). During the Second World War, Shell also sponsored films to raise morale and support for the war effort including They Serve (1940), which was about the Red Cross, and Cavalcade of Empire (1939).
The company is actively supporting motorsports. For many years Shell has been sponsoring Ferrari team in Formula 1 races. The Shell Eco-marathon is a fuel-efficiency contest in which teams of high school and college students design and build vehicles to travel the farthest distance on the least amount of fuel. It is a global program that supports education, encourages innovation, reinforces conservation and fosters the development of leading technology for greater energy efficiency.