We work alongside non-government organizations (NGOs) to gain access to independent, science-based expertise to help reduce the environmental impact of our operations and projects. Partner NGOs benefit from being able to have Shell's approach to the environment and conservation, and by gaining business and technical knowledge. Collaborative partnerships are based on trust, respect and mutual understanding. We don't always agree, but we do strive to work together on initiatives to enhance environmental performance.
Globally, Shell has formal collaborative partnership agreements with a number of NGOs including Wetlands International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. For nearly two decades, Shell has worked with Earthwatch on Shell Project Better World, a voluntary organization run by Shell employees that allows staff to participate in Earthwatch-led research projects. Hundreds of Shell staff have volunteered on projects such as research to understand climate change impacts in the Canadian arctic.
In Canada, Shell is proud to collaborate with groups like the Pembina Institute, Tree Canada, Ducks Unlimited, Nature Conservancy Canada, Alberta Wilderness Association and many other well-respected environmental organizations who help us remain focused on the issues that matter to Canadians.
Our partnerships often involve collaboration with government at the federal, provincial and municipal level. A close working relationship with the City of Dawson Creek resulted in a solution to build a reclaimed water project. The project virtually eliminates Shell’s need to draw on local fresh water sources for the operation of its Groundbirch natural gas venture in Northeast British Columbia. The multi-million dollar facility will also provide a new source of revenue for the City of Dawson Creek as well as additional water for industrial and municipal uses.