Report Review Panel
We have used external review panels to strengthen our sustainability reporting since 2005. They help us evaluate and improve the quality and credibility of our Sustainability Report.
The 2018 Report Review Panel, previously called the External Review Committee, comprises five sustainability and corporate reporting experts. Panel members are offered an honorarium for their time and expertise. This year’s panel comprised:
- Faris Natour, Germany/USA. Director, Human Rights & Business Initiative, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, (Chair of the Report Review Panel)
- Andrew Logan, USA. Director, Oil and Gas, Ceres
- Changhua Wu, China. Chief Executive Officer, Beijing Future Innovation Center
- Marie Morice, USA. Senior Advisor Sustainable Finance, UN Global Compact
- Mandy Kirby, UK. Chief Strategist, City Hive
You can read more about the panel members on www.shell.com
The panel provided input as part of our content selection process and reviewed the report in depth before preparing their statement focusing on the quality of the report. The panel met to discuss Shell’s reporting, question Shell experts and prepare their statement.
The 2018 panel’s mandate focused on the quality – including the credibility, completeness and responsiveness – of Shell’s reporting.
Read below some of the feedback given in the 2017 report by the expert reviewers, and our response (see table).
2017 recommendations and our responses
2017 recommendations and our responses
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How Shell responded in 2018
The digital structure of the report has been updated and menus enhanced to improve the visibility of key topics. More links have been included to relevant content, both within the report and on www.shell.com.
2018 recommendations letter
Report Review Panel statement
The Report Review Panel issues the following independent statement on Shell's 2018 Sustainability Report:
"We commend Shell on its continued commitment to transparency and progress on its most material sustainability impacts. We have had the opportunity to review two drafts of the 2018 Sustainability Report and provide feedback to Shell through conference calls and in writing. Shell has responded to our questions and suggestions. We have developed this statement independently following our review.
We appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations for further improving Shell’s sustainability reporting. In line with the scope of our review, our feedback focuses on the quality of Shell’s sustainability reporting rather than its sustainability performance.
We are pleased to see many of our recommendations on the 2017 Sustainability Report reflected in this report. For example, Shell has elevated its disclosure on social issues with a more comprehensive human rights section that brings together updates on its human rights priorities. Similarly, Shell included more information on its approach to the UN's sustainable development goals, although there remains an opportunity for the company to use the goals to more clearly frame strategic priorities, such as increasing access to electricity and to connect related steps Shell is taking to meet its objectives. Independent comments from external stakeholders throughout this report provide a more balanced view of Shell’s strengths and challenges.
We are encouraged by the expanded information about Shell’s approach to managing water risk and would like to see additional disclosure of targets and other measures Shell uses to minimise risks of adverse impacts at the project level. The inclusion of Shell’s approach to plastics in this report is equally important. For the next report, we see an opportunity to discuss Shell’s role in addressing the global challenge of ocean plastics. We welcome Shell’s continuing efforts to disclose its approach to public policy issues as we see responsible engagement as a key sustainability priority for the energy sector.
Building on its experience and leadership in sustainability reporting, we believe that for 2019, Shell has an opportunity for a transformative evolution of its approach to sustainability reporting. While the wide range of topics covered in detail shows leadership in sustainability reporting, this comprehensiveness also presents challenges: for readers to focus on content most relevant to them and for the company to articulate its strategic priorities and the measurement of progress against them in the most effective way. In the future, Shell could focus on integrating its strategic priorities under a clearly articulated sustainability strategy. This would also allow Shell to produce a more succinct report with the opportunity for more in-depth discussions and precise reporting on progress on strategic priorities.
We would like to thank Shell for the opportunity to share our feedback here and throughout the drafting process and we look forward to the next evolution in Shell’s sustainability reporting."