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Shell Talks With Gretchen Watkins: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Title: Shell Talks With Gretchen Watkins: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Duration: 2:46 minutes

Description:

Short video featuring Gretchen Watkins on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

shell-talks-dei-2020 Transcript

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Two male and one female employees in a small circle talking in a conference room

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This is an industry not known for diversity. What are some of the key challenges in creating a more diverse and inclusive energy industry?

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This is an industry not known for diversity. What are some of the key challenges in creating a more diverse and inclusive energy industry?

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Gretchen Watkins Appears on Screen sitting in a chair in her home

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Gretchen Watkins, President Shell Oil Company

[Gretchen]

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is really important at Shell and we do a lot in this space but the events of recent times have actually caused us to say are we doing enough and are we doing it fast enough and we have decided we’re not, so we’re doing even more now. We are liaising with our employee resource groups. If you come work at Shell, you can join one of these resource groups. They’re helping us to create an accelerated plan. We’re reaching out to external advisors to help us, challenge us, test us

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Close up of a conference table with employees working around the table passing a paper from one to another.

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How is Shell creating an inclusive workplace?

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How is Shell creating an inclusive workplace?

[Gretchen]

We have spent the most time talking about that inclusion piece, which is actually a little bit more difficult than the others because it’s about how you feel. It’s about how your colleagues feel when they come to work. It’s about how you feel when you work in a team. It’s about bringing your whole self to work and not having to check things at the door because you don’t know if someone is going to react a different way. It’s about feeling free and safe.

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Close up of a conference table with employees working around the table passing a paper from one to another.

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How are senior leaders stepping up in this space?

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How are senior leaders stepping up in this space?

[Gretchen]

We have stepped into a space where we are going to be not only mentoring others in order to create this inclusive environment but we are going to be mentored by others so this concept of reverse mentoring is something that we are going to be growing quite a bit across the US in Shell.

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How would you describe Shell’s strategy for attracting diverse talent?

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How would you describe Shell’s strategy for attracting diverse talent?    

[Gretchen]

I think as an industry, we haven’t done as good a job as we could have telling our story. So right now, Shell is out there telling our story and we are on university campuses and we are attending conferences and we are talking to students about what it means to be part of a company that is creating the future of energy. We are meeting some of the biggest challenges in the world today. How do we deliver what our customers want low and no carbon fuels? How do deliver zero emissions power to people? Those are some of the world’s greatest challenges and we’re out there meeting those and we need engineers and technical experts to join our team and be part of that.

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Why should students at some of the top universities in the country come work for Shell?

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Why should students at some of the top universities in the country come work for Shell?

[Gretchen]

I would say come work at Shell if you are super switched on by big technical challenges. Do you want to be a part of creating the future of energy? Do you want to be part of solving some of the world’s biggest technical challenges? Do you want to be a part of something that’s never been created before? Then come work at Shell!

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Shell Talks with Gretchen Watkins: COVID-19 Response

Title: Shell Talks With Gretchen Watkins: COVID-19 Response

Duration: 3:05 minutes

Description:

Short video featuring Gretchen Watkins discussing Shell’s COVID-19 response

shell-talks-covid-reponse-2020 Transcript

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A woman in a hard hat and reflective vest walking through industrial work environment

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How has COVID-19 impacted Shell?

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How has COVID-19 impacted Shell?

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Gretchen Watkins Appears on Screen sitting in a chair in her home

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Gretchen Watkins, President Shell Oil Company

[Gretchen]

COVID has taken a huge toll on our business, on our industry, on our people. We have people of course, working from in many cases but also the price of oil and gas dropped significantly. There was huge demand destruction. People weren’t travelling by car or by plane. Some of that has recovered but a lot of it hasn’t. so we are now looking at, with this new world, where people aren’t travelling as much, what are the things that we can most provide to our customers.

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A crane lifting and moving equipment in an industrial workplace then a slow pan moving through an industrial workplace with equipment and building materials.

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How will the pandemic impact the energy transition?

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How will the pandemic impact the energy transition?

[Gretchen]

Despite this year being a year of global pandemic, we’ve actually seen a lot of companies including shell up their game in terms of the energy transition and earlier this year shell came out and said by 2050 we’re going to be a net zero emitter. Now, not only have we done that but many of our customers have come out with some aggressive targets as well and we now are in a position of enabling that and providing low and no carbon fuels, low and no carbon power that will enable our customers to get to their targets.

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Moving shot through industrial work environment then wooden picnic tables set up in a breakroom followed by an aerial view of a Shell work facility in Pennsylvania.

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What is a key learning you believe will outlast this pandemic about the future of work for Shell?

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What is a key learning you believe will outlast this pandemic about the future of work for Shell?

[Gretchen]

The pandemic has really enabled us to pivot in an extremely agile way. I mean we sent thousands of people home from one day to the next and they have been working from home now for 8 or 9 months still at a very high level of performance, of productivity, safety, operational excellence.

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Employees in safety PPE wearing face coverings sitting in a gathering room listening to a speaker off camera.

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How has the staff adapted to the new ways of working during this time?

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How has the staff adapted to the new ways of working during this time?

[Gretchen]

We have first of all, sent as many staff home to work from home as possible. Of course we have a lot of staff that are in safety critical roles that have to be on the frontline everyday and we so appreciate those folks that have kept our plants running, kept our control rooms running our pipelines running. Those people have been really instrumental in keeping themselves and others safe. We’ve made sure they have appropriate PPE and that they have safe places to work. We’ve been checking in with our staff that are at home on a regular basis, making sure that folks are staying safe. That they have the appropriate amount of social interaction. It’s hard to work by yourself at home or even in a room by yourself even if your family is home with you

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How has Shell contributed to the communities in which you operate in response to COVID?

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How has Shell contributed to the communities in which you operate in response to COVID?

[Gretchen]

we have really been reaching out to the frontline workers, the healthcare workers, the first responders. We’ve been providing fuel, some times’ breakfast for some of these folks. We even turned on special runs at our chemical plants to make hand sanitizer when it was in short supply. We’ve distributed those to hospitals around the country, to schools. We’ve provided laptops so seniors could graduate in June. So we’ve really been reaching out to our communities and to our staff on a very regular basis.

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