Supporting Local

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We prioritize procurement of goods and services from local suppliers who meet the standards we require. In some cases, we support local businesses and skill development to meet these standards. We also check that our suppliers comply with our Shell Supplier Principles, which provide a simple and consistent framework of our expectations for all our suppliers in the following areas:

  • Business integrity;
  • HSSE;
  • Labour conditions and human rights; and
  • Social performance.

Shell’s Commitment to Indigenous Peoples in Canada

At Shell Canada we believe Indigenous communities are important partners; our projects must be designed and implemented to minimize impacts, provide shared value and enhance relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Building and maintaining trusting relationships, investing in human capacity, and sharing economic benefits provides opportunities to maintain a social license to operate, reduce project risks, and builds a diverse and inclusive workforce.

See also Shell’s Commitment to Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

What Shell Looks For

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Safety is of utmost importance to us at Shell. We require that all employees and contractors:

  • Work and act safely to ensure no harm comes to people or the environment
  • Comply with the law and our standards and procedures
  • Respect our neighbours
  • Intervene on unsafe acts or non-compliant situations happening around them at all times
  • Minimize any impact from our operations

Our selection criteria for suppliers and contractors includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Proven management systems capability
  • Demonstrated financial capability
  • Exemplary and consistent health, safety and environment performance
  • Commitment to employing and providing benefits to local and Indigenous partners
  • Ability to deliver consistent product and/or service quality
  • Demonstrated commercial performance and competitive pricing
  • Innovative problem solving and ways to maximize efficiency and safety

How do we qualify Service Contractors?

We have minimum standard pre-qualification HSE requirements for potential contractors. They include:

  • Proof of Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) coverage
  • Minimum insurance requirements, include:
    • Worker’s Compensation
    • Employer Liability
    • General Liability
    • Motor Vehicle

Note: Depending on the services rendered, increased insurance coverage and/or additional types of insurance may be required

  • An acceptable financial rating upon Shell’s assessment of company
  • Minimum HSE requirements, including:
    • An acceptable HSE management system and performance
    • ISNetworld registration, complete document submittal, successful evaluation and data maintenance
    • Worksafe Certificate of Recognition (COR)
    • An Alcohol and Drug policy in place, which may require site-access testing
    • Capability to supply equipment and related services
    • Capability to supply trained and competent personnel

Qualification Process

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What is the process to become qualified to work with Shell?

There are several ways to work with Shell including individual employment, sub-contracting and direct contract opportunities. Depending on the opportunity, the process can look quite different.


Direct contracting

1. Opportunity identification

Project is framed; business needs determined; potential suppliers identified

2. Contracting strategy

Match business needs with supplier capabilities; sourcing strategy define

3. Qualification

Range of assessments, including HSE, financial, quality or technical; gaps identified and improvement plan in place in order to qualify

4. Selection

Contractor selected on total best value (HSE, schedule, rates, scope, location, etc.)

5. Manage contract

Ongoing review of HSE, financial and delivery performance and improvement areas


Suppliers with strong HSE Management Systems, but not yet approved to work for Shell, may sub-contract under a company working for Shell who is qualified to manage sub-contractors. This is at the discretion of the contractor, taking into consideration factors such as HSE and technical capabilities, quality, price and scheduling requirements.

Individual employment

Individuals can work through contractors or sub-contractors working on Shell projects, or apply to work directly with Shell at


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