IUCN - Shell Relationship

Why Shell?

As the oil and gas sector has a large footprint on biodiversity, it is one of IUCN’s priorities for business engagement.

While IUCN does not agree with everything Shell does, the company has nevertheless demonstrated a willingness to change its operations and engage with the wider energy sector in order to reduce potential impacts on biodiversity.

Shell: a growing commitment to biodiversity.

In 2001, Shell became the first oil and gas company to develop a biodiversity standard. Now implemented across its business, the standard requires the company to address biodiversity early in new projects and integrate it into impact assessments; consult with biodiversity experts; and, develop biodiversity action plans (BAPs) at existing operations in areas of high biodiversity value.

The company has also engaged in structured dialogues and joint initiatives with IUCN aimed at developing new biodiversity conservation standards and operational procedures. Highlights from this collaboration include:

IUCN and Shell: an ongoing relationship

The current collaborative activities between Shell and IUCN represent the latest development in this long-standing relationship – and a continuation of IUCN’s strategy to influence large footprint industries where it can effect change. It also represents a continuation of Shell’s strategy to collaborate with biodiversity experts in order to reduce its environmental impact and help conserve biodiversity.

Through this relationship, IUCN and Shell are exploring ways to upscale efforts and further integrate biodiversity in the energy business, as well as bring business skills and approaches to conservation.