We carefully assess the security threats and risks to our operations. We work with governments and partners to safeguard our assets and provide a secure working environment for our employees and contractors.
Shell only uses armed security in countries where the threats are greatest, or if it is a requirement under local laws. The use of armed security reflects greater threats, mostly due to increased geopolitical volatility in certain parts of the world.
We implement the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) in our operations – and with companies with whom we co-operate – to reduce the risk to employees, contractors and communities of human rights violations by the security forces. Our security plans are validated by independent audits and assurance checks.
Our security risk management plans are part of our efforts to minimise negative impacts on communities and the environment. We work alongside governments, companies and non-governmental organisations who are involved in the VPSHR initiative to increase adoption of the principles.