We work closely with communities to understand their concerns and identify how to address them. We aim to avoid or reduce any adverse impacts and to manage those impacts that may be unavoidable.

By engaging openly with communities we are able to identify how and where we can bring sustainable benefits. We do this in many ways: by creating new jobs, encouraging local businesses to be a part of our supply chain, and providing useful skills training for people.

Learn more about how we work with communities globally

Learn more about our social investment programmes in the Philippines

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Access to energy

At Shell, we are able to use our core business skills and technical resources to play an active role in improving communities’ access to energy, particularly in regions where we work – such as sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. 

Our access to energy work aims to provide communities with safe, reliable, affordable energy which can spur economic development and improve healthcare, education and livelihoods. We have undertaken a number of energy access projects around the world totalling millions of dollars in investment. These projects include community lighting, power generation, and small-scale grid infrastructure projects.

Discover more about our global access to energy work

Local employment and enterprise

Shell contributes to local economic growth in countries where we operate. 

We do this in a variety of ways: through direct employment, through our supply chain activities, by working with governments and partners to help create jobs, and by supporting the development of local businesses or suppliers.

Where needed, we offer additional training to improve the level of skills and technical know-how among a supplier’s workforce.

The Shell LiveWIRE programme helps young entrepreneurs start their own business and stimulate local economic growth in various countries.

Learn more about how we support economic growth

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Community health

Today, millions of people across the world are unable to access medical treatment. In some communities where we work, access to healthcare may be limited or inadequate.

To help address these challenges, we run various projects that provide access to adequate healthcare to communities, often in partnership with local non-governmental organisations or development bodies.

Find out more about our community health projects worldwide

Find out more about our Movement Against Malaria programme in the Philippines


Education can open the door to opportunities and help people build a better future.

We operate several projects across the world to give more people the chance of a good education to help them build a better future.

Read more about our global initiatives in education

Project SHELTER: Taal Volcano Emergency Relief Efforts

Taal Volcano Eruption

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Sesimology (PHIVOLCS) raised the Taal Volcano Alert Signal to Level 4 - Hazardous eruption is possible within days last January 12.

Project SHELTER: Taal Volcano Emergency Relief Efforts

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What sustainability means at Shell

Sustainability at Shell means providing energy in a responsible manner, respecting people, their safety and the 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.