Independence from Shell

Shell Foundation is a UK-registered charity created to achieve lasting public benefit at scale. 
Our independence is key to our ability to work across public and private sectors to deliver this charitable objective. We deploy the full range of resources at our disposal: the knowledge, experience and skills of our staff, our funds, our networks and our ability to leverage value-adding support as we deem appropriate from others.  
In line with our mission and charitable independence, Shell Foundation decides what issues to tackle, in which countries, with which partners, as well as if and when to draw on our links to Shell in ways that we believe will achieve large-scale development outcomes. 
Our independence is maintained through:
  • A mixed board of trustees, including senior Shell leaders and leading figures from international development with no previous link to Shell.
  • The creation of an endowment, governed by the Board of Trustees, to fund our operations.
  • A set of Business Principles to which our staff, Board and partners are held accountable. This includes a commitment to protect our independence and is supported by a robust control framework to ensure these principles are followed. 
  • Regular reports that assess our performance against pre-defined impact targets and milestones.
  • Transparent protocols to govern how and when we are able to leverage support from Shell in support of our charitable goals.

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