Shell in South Africa
Shell in South Africa
Shell has been active in South Africa since 1902. Our main business activities in South Africa include Retail and Commercial Fuels, Lubricants and Oils, Aviation, Marine, Manufacturing and Upstream Exploration. Our head offices in South Africa are based in Johannesburg.
Our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people form the basis of the Shell General Business Principles.
Shell came to South Africa in 1902. Shell South Africa's main focus at the time was on paraffin and kerosene, which brought both light and heat to communities across Southern Africa.
Throughout its long association with South Africa, Shell has played an important role in the country, not only as a premier oil company, but also as a committed corporate citizen and change agent.
Royal Dutch Shell was formed in 1907, although our history dates back to the early 19th century, to a small shop in London where the Samuel family sold sea shells.
Today, Shell is one of the world’s major energy companies, employing an average of 93,000 people and operating in more than 70 countries. Our headquarters are in The Hague, the Netherlands, and our Chief Executive Officer is Ben van Beurden. The parent company of the Shell group is Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales.
Our strategy seeks to reinforce our position as a leader in the oil and gas industry, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. Safety and environmental and social responsibility are at the heart of our activities.
We believe that oil and gas will remain a vital part of the global energy mix for many decades to come. Our role is to ensure that we extract and deliver these energy resources profitably and in environmentally and socially responsible ways.
We aim to work closely with our customers, our partners and policymakers to advance a more efficient and sustainable use of energy and natural resources.
Our people work together on some of the most innovative and exciting energy projects in the world. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better solutions.
Professional training, development programmes and ongoing support mean that our people are given every opportunity to reach their potential. And our leadership programmes enable talented individuals to become the energy industry leaders of tomorrow.
Shell at a glance in 2015
70+ countries we operate in
93,000 employees on average
22.6 million tonnes of equity LNG sold during the year
23 refineries we have interests in
3.0 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce every day
Financial performance in 2015
Revenue: $265.0 billion
Income: $2.2 billion
Capital investment: $28.9 billion
Investment in research and development: $1.1 billion
Fast facts for sustainable development (2014)
$14 billion spent in lower income countries
1,074 assessments of suppliers against the Shell Supplier Principles
$160 million spent on voluntary social investment worldwide