Shell at a glance

Shell in China

Shell in China

Shell's story in China dates back to more than one century ago. All of Shell’s core businesses are now represented in China and our head office in China is in Beijing.

Our values

Our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people form the basis of the Shell General Business Principles.

Our business activities in China

All of Shell’s core businesses are now represented in China: Upstream, Integrated Gas and New Energies, Downstream (Oil Products and Chemicals) and our Projects and Technology organisation. Please click below link for more information.

Our contribution

In China, we work together with our partners on a wide range of social investment projects in three focus areas: Education, Environment and Capacity Building.

Shell worldwide

Shell worldwide

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 82,000 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.

Read about our history from 1833 to the present

Our purpose

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

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.

Find out about diversity and inclusion at Shell

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.

Learn more about careers with Shell

Shell at a glance in 2020

70+ countries where we operate

87,000 employees at December 31, 2020

69.67 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) sold during 2020

13 refineries in which we have interests

3.4 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce per day

Financial performance in 2020

Revenue: $180,543 million

Income: loss ($21,534 million)

Cash capital expenditure: $17,827 million

Investment in research and development: $907 million

Fast facts for sustainable development in 2020

$156 million was spent on voluntary social investment worldwide.

Of this, $46 million was spent on COVID-19 contributions. About $5 million of this was part of our contractual obligations.

Around $87 million of our total social investment spend in 2020 was in countries that, according to the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index 2019, have a gross domestic product of less than $15,000 a year per person.

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What we do

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies. We employ around 20,000 employees in China.

Our values

Our General Business Principles, Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics help everyone at Shell act in line with our values.

The Shell brand

The Shell brand promotes our values and the quality of our products and services all over the world.

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