Shell aims to keep staff and facilities safe, while respecting the human rights and security of local communities. We carefully assess the security threats and risks to our operations. We work with governments and partners to safeguard assets and provide a secure working environment for employees and contractors. Shell only uses armed security in countries where the threats are most severe, or if it is a requirement under local laws. Since their development in 2000, companies in Shell have actively implemented the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights which guide companies in assessing human rights risks when working with public and private security. Read more about our implementation of the VPSHR at www.shell.com/vpshr.
We manage the impact we may have on people living near our operations in line with the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our HSSE&SP Control Framework expects us to first avoid or, where this is not possible, minimise our impacts on people through project design. We work with local communities to jointly identify solutions and opportunities.
The Shell Supplier Principles include expectations for contractors and suppliers concerning human rights, which includes ensuring – among other things - no use of forced, prison or compulsory labour; no payment of recruitment fees by workers; regulations on freedom of association and collective bargaining; a safe, secure and healthy workplace; and the provision of wages and benefits that meet or exceed the national legal standards. We will develop and strengthen relationships with contractors and suppliers who are committed to the principles set out below or to similar standards through their own activities and the management of their own suppliers and sub-contractors. Contractors and suppliers should provide workers with a dedicated whistle-blowing mechanism where grievances related above topics can be logged confidentially.
We respect our employees and contractors rights by working in line with ILO conventions and the UN Global Compact. Labour rights include freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, non-discrimination and equal opportunity, conditions of work, adequate remuneration, forced labour and child labour.