LGBT Networks at Shell
Shell LGBT Networks have been set up as a supportive space for LGBT colleagues to find confidence in being themselves at work. They connect colleagues – including non-LGBT people – across the business and raise awareness by breaking down barriers to ensure Shell is an inclusive workplace.
The first LGBT Network was established at Shell in the US in 1997 and was soon followed by networks around the world, including in the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, India and as recently as 2015 in South Africa
Shell Canada employees formed their LGBT Network in 2012 aiming to raise awareness of LGBT issues within the workplace and contribute to an inclusive work environment where all employees and co-workers, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification, are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The network has a membership open to all employees that increases year on year and regularly hosts fun inclusive events, educational seminars and volunteer opportunities.
Showing our support
Our support for LGBT equality includes:
- Workplace Pride – Shell is a member of Workplace Pride, a non-profit umbrella organization foundation based in Amsterdam that strives for greater acceptance of LGBT people in the workplace and society. In 2012 we became a co-signatory of the Workplace Pride Declaration of Amsterdam in support of an LGBT inclusive workplace.
- Human Rights Campaign – Shell is a corporate partner of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans.
- Ally programs – Shell has established a number of ally programs that serve to make senior leaders more aware of the challenges of being LGBT across Shell, as well as having leaders visibly and actively supporting the work of the various networks.
- Awareness training – We provide awareness training on sexual orientation as part of our D&I Learning Portfolio. We incorporate LGBT inclusion in all D&I training globally wherever Shell operates, including countries where being LGBT may be subject to restrictive legislation.