Shell at a glance

Shell in Canada

Shell has been proudly operating in Canada since 1911. At the time, Shell Canada was made up of only six ingenious employees who laid the groundwork for what would eventually make V-Power the number one selling fuel across the country. Discover our timeless legacy here.

Today, we’re here to help produce more and cleaner energy for Canada and the world. Here’s what you need to know about us:

Call us at 1 800-661-1600

Shell worldwide

Shell worldwide

Royal Dutch Shell was formed in 1907, although our history dates back to the early 19th century, to a small shop in London where the Samuel family sold sea shells. 

Our headquarters are in The Hague, the Netherlands, and our Chief Executive Officer is Ben van Beurden. The parent company of the Shell group is Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales. 

Our strategy seeks to reinforce our position as a leader in the oil and gas industry, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. Safety and environmental and social responsibility are at the heart of our activities.  

Read about our history from 1833 to the present

Our purpose

We believe that oil and gas will remain a vital part of the global energy mix for many decades to come. Our role is to ensure that we extract and deliver these energy resources profitably and in environmentally and socially responsible ways.

We aim to work closely with our customers, our partners and policymakers to advance a more efficient and sustainable use of energy and natural resources.

Our people

Our people work together on some of the most innovative and exciting energy projects in the world. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better solutions.

Find out about diversity and inclusion at Shell

Professional training, development programmes and ongoing support mean that our people are given every opportunity to reach their potential. And our leadership programmes enable talented individuals to become the energy industry leaders of tomorrow.

Learn more about careers with Shell

Shell at a glance in 2016

70+ countries we operate in

92,000 employees on average

57.1 million tonnes of equity LNG sold during the year

22 refineries we have interests in

3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce every day

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Financial performance in 2016

Revenue: $233.6 billion

Income: $4.8 billion

Capital investment: $79.9 billion (including acquisition of BG Group plc)

Investment in research and development: $1.0 billion

Fast facts for sustainable development (2016)

$102 million spent on voluntary social investment worldwide. Of this:

  • around $44 million spent on local programmes for community development, disaster relief, education, health and biodiversity; and
  • around $58 million spent on our global themes of energy access, boosting local skills and enterprise, and STEM education.

We estimate that almost $96 million of our total spend in 2016 was in countries that are part of the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 2015, that is, those defined as having a gross domestic product of less than $15,000 a year per person. In 2016, Shell spent $45 billion on goods and services from 43,000 suppliers globally.

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Environment

Shell provides energy in a responsible way, helping the world move towards a future in which the energy used causes minimal impact on the planet.

Shell in the community

We aim to be a good neighbour wherever we work, by contributing to the well-being of neighbouring communities. We do so by working together to manage the social impacts of our business activities, address any concerns about our operations, and enhance the benefits that we are able to bring.