We care about the diversity of our people because we believe that a fully inclusive workplace allows our employees to flourish and so allows our business to flourish.

When our employees excel, we excel. It’s for this reason that we are proud to support our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“As a company, I’m proud that we are explicit about LGBT being a component of inclusion. The amount of energy it takes to ‘hide’ yourself can be daunting, and people are much more impactful when they are free to be themselves.”

- Trish Moore, Vice President Human Resources, Shell Canada

We recognize that social attitudes to LGBT issues vary around the world and that the external environment is changing.

Our approach is all about reinforcing respect for our employees and raising awareness rather than changing individual beliefs. Our Code of Conduct guides us in providing equal opportunity for all staff wherever they work regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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.

Strength to be yourself

We aspire to offer the kind of environment that attracts and motivates employees to give their best.

"Nobody should be treated differently for who they are or choose to be with. The LGBT community is an important part of our society and our company. As an ally I want to make sure that we accept, respect and include our LGBT colleagues everywhere.”

- Marcel Teunissen, VP Finance Ventures, Oil Sands, Shell Canada

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