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Safety is always our first priority. We aim to have zero fatalities and to prevent incidents like spills, fires, and accidents. We are working to ensure compliance with our safety procedures and tackling the cultural issues that can lead to unsafe behaviour.
All Shell companies and the contractors who work for us, as well as the joint ventures where Shell has a controlling interest, are required to manage safety in line with our Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy and Commitment. This includes our goal to do no harm to people and the requirement to apply an effective management system.
Our group Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Management System provides a framework for managing HSSE at our locations worldwide. This ensures that we manage safety systematically and have the right resources, skills, tools, standards and procedures in place. For example, the HSSE Management System includes our road safety and asset integrity standards.
We do not accept that fatalities are an inevitable consequence of working in a hazardous industry. We believe we can operate with zero fatalities, and zero significant incidents. The phrase “Goal Zero”, which we launched in 2007, captures this belief. To support the drive for Goal Zero, we are developing the safety leadership skills of our staff, rewarding successful performance and getting better at checking that rules are being followed.
Personal safety means that our people follow the rules and work safely. We are working to prevent accidents by introducing simpler and clearer safety policies that are easier for employees and contractors to understand and follow. Improving safety on the road remains a focus, since road accidents account for a large share of incidents.
Process safety means making sure our facilities are well designed, safely operated and properly maintained. We have process safety standards with Shell-wide rules on how to design and maintain complex installations like refineries or oil production sites. A team of independent, senior internal auditors – specialised in process safety – are in place to check that these standards are implemented.
Security and human rights
We protect our people and facilities in ways that respect the human rights of the communities in which we operate. All Shell-controlled companies must manage security in line with our company-wide security standards, which include the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. Visit the Voluntary Principles website - opens in new window
Dealing with HIV/AIDS
Together with global and local partners, Shell is responding to HIV/AIDS by delivering workplace and/or community activities in more than 60 countries.
Learn more about Shell and HIV/AIDS on our global website.