At Shell, 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, 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.

Statement of Intent

“To create an inclusive work environment where all employees, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. We will ensure respect for our people and providing psychological safety for LGBT staff at Shell in line with our core values.”

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Supporting LGBT+ Inclusion: 'Coming Out' - Blog by Kathleen Wyatt

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Shell Rainbow



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 aim to raise awareness of the challenges that LGBT staff face and work with people at all levels of the organisation 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, Australia, Canada, India and as recently as 2015 in South Africa.  They connect colleagues – including allies - across the business and raise awareness by breaking down barriers, for example by running awareness and support sessions, and participating in local events.

Karrie Trauth
Karrie Trauth, General Manager for Shipping and Maritime technology and Innovation



“Since working at Shell, I’ve realised just how much emotional energy is wasted by members of the LGBT+ community who feel they cannot be out at work. Statistically employees are 15-20% less efficient if they’re not out at work, making it extremely important for companies to prioritise an inclusive environment if they want to achieve maximum productivity.”

Showing our Support

Our support for LGBT equality includes:

  • Workplace Pride – Shell is a member of Workplace Pride, a non-profit umbrella organisation 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 organisation working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans.
  • Ally programmes – Shell has established a number of ally programmes 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.
  • Flying the flag for Pride – As a public sign of corporate support, Shell flies the Pride flag outside many offices during Pride weeks and International Coming Out Day.
  • 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.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Shell consistently scored 100% in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index which rates US companies on LGBT equality.

LGBT Workplace Pride

Shell has been consistently  ranked as a Top Employer in the Workplace Pride Global inclusive workplace benchmark survey.

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