Royal Dutch Shell has published its Sustainability Report for 2013, which describes how it is working responsibly to help meet the world’s growing demand for energy.
Shell has also published details of payments made to governments in 2013 in some of the key countries where it operates. This is the third consecutive year that Shell has made this voluntary disclosure.
The Sustainability Report covers Shell’s environmental and social performance for the year and outlines the company’s approach globally. This includes having processes and tools in place to manage safety, the environment and community involvement. It also includes sharing benefits where Shell operates by creating jobs, paying taxes and royalties, sourcing from local suppliers and supporting community development projects.
Shell continues to contribute to a more sustainable energy future: developing cleaner energy solutions that can be deployed now – such as natural gas and low-carbon biofuel – and investing in emerging opportunities, such as carbon capture and storage.
In his foreword to the Sustainability Report, Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said: “We have experienced a challenging year, in a difficult business environment. We will continue to focus on operational performance while embedding sustainability within Shell. Running a safe and efficient business is at the core of good operational performance.”
The report is reviewed by an external committee of experts from business and non-governmental organisations. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has confirmed an A+ application level of its G3.1 Reporting Guidelines. This is the 17th edition of the Shell Sustainability Report.