Privacy Notice - Shell Group Employee, Contractor and Dependents’ Personal Information

This notice sets out what personal information Shell collects, for what purposes and your rights in this respect.

What does this Privacy Notice cover?

Every individual within the Shell group of companies (‘Shell’ or ‘we’) is responsible for protecting personal information about each other as well as that of our customers, business partners and suppliers.

This Privacy Notice provides information about personal information processed by Shell in relation to individuals who are or were employees, interns or individual contractors as well as dependents of Shell employees (‘Shell Staff’).

For individual retail customers, members of Shell loyalty programs, visitors of Shell websites or users of Shell applications, please refer to the Privacy Notice - Motorists at

For individuals who apply to work for Shell, or who attend a recruitment event or undertake an assessment please refer to the Privacy Notice - Shell Group Recruitment at

As well as this Privacy Notice, bespoke privacy notices and supplementary privacy statements may contain further information about how we process your personal information in relation to specific HR processes (such as Open Resourcing, OneHealth IT, International Mobility programs and employee benefit programs). In those instances, such privacy notices will be communicated to you separately, for example the HIPAA privacy notice.

This Privacy Notice explains what personal information are processed about you, why we are processing your personal information and for which purposes, how long we hold your personal information for, how to access and update your personal information, as well as the options you have regarding your personal information and where to go for further information.

Additional Information for US Employees and Contractors.

Shell does not knowingly sell or share your personal information for cross-context behavioral advertising and/or for targeted advertising purposes.

Consent of the parent or guiardian is required if personal data of children is gathered and processed.

Special Notice: Processing children’s personal information (if you are under 13 years old): Except in those cases where Shell organizes educational events

specifically designed for children, we do not intentionally collect personal information of individuals under 13 years old.

The categories from which your personal information is collected.

What categories of personal information do we process about you?

Collection of information

We process personal information necessary to manage the employment relationship, to engage contractors and interns and to provide benefits to certain dependents of Shell employees.

This includes personal home contact information, date of birth, marital status, payroll and bank account information, wage and benefit information including beneficiary information, emergency contacts, work performance information, information required to ensure you have the right to work in the country/ies you are engaged in, as well as any other information necessary for managing the employment relationship, for engaging contractors and for providing benefits to certain dependents of Shell employees (such as those dependents who accompany a Shell employee while on an expatriate assignment).

Sensitive personal information

We also process some special categories of personal information (’sensitive personal information) such as data relating to an individual’s health, their racial or ethnic origin, religious or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation, political opinions and trade union membership.

We will only process such personal information where:

  • it is necessary for the purposes of complying with employment and social security laws including those specifically for the purposes of ensuring equal employment opportunities as required by US law, covering applicant and employee information such as gender, race/ethnicity, nationality, disability and veterans status;
  • for the establishment, exercise or defense of claims;
  • where necessary for the purposes of providing occupational medical advice and support, to protect the vital interests of an individual (such as in an emergency), where necessary for reasons of public health;
  • or where the individual has provided their explicit consent (only if required by local law).

The lawful bases for processing your personal information.

Why do we process your personal information?

We process your personal information:

  • in order to satisfy our obligations to comply with local laws and regulations;
  • for legitimate business interests (for example performance management in order to ensure we have qualified and competent personnel or for health, safety and security purposes to ensure that only authorised personnel can access certain sites or assets, litigation and defense of claims); or
  • where we have your explicit consent, including opt-in consent to process sensitive personal information where local law applies.

Please note that as a general principle, Shell does not seek or rely on the consent of Shell Staff for processing personal information. However, there are limited circumstances when consent is required.

Personal information requested from Shell Staff are the minimum required in order to fulfil legal and/or contractual requirements and to provide opportunities to take part in programs or to provide a benefit. Failure to provide us with the information requested may negatively affect your ability to remain in employment, internship or engagement as a contractor or from participating in a program or receiving a benefit.

In those cases where processing is based on consent, and subject to applicable local law which provides otherwise, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. This will not affect the validity of the processing prior to the withdrawal of consent. Withdrawal of consent may however impact your ability to remain employed or otherwise engaged or from participating in a program or receiving a benefit.

The purposes for which your personal information is processed.

For what purposes do we process your personal information?

We process personal information covered by this Privacy Notice for the following purposes:

  • Human Resources, personnel management, business process execution, internal management, management reporting, organisational analysis and development - including budgetary, financial and organisational planning, administration, compensation, performance management;
  • Health, safety and security - including protection of Shell Staff’s life or health, occupational health and safety, protection of Shell assets and authentication of Shell Staff status and access rights; or\
  • Legal and/or regulatory compliance - including compliance with legal or regulatory requirements.

We may also process your personal information for a secondary purpose where it is closely related, such as:

  • storing, deleting or anonymising your personal data;
  • fraud prevention, audits, investigations, dispute resolution or insurance purposes, litigation and defence of claims; or
  • statistical, historical or scientific research.


All activities on Shell IT equipment and/or when connected to the Shell IT network may be monitored for legitimate business purposes.

All Shell Staff receive an access badge which allows Shell to record the date, time and access points made by individuals within Shell premises and assets. The data from the access and security systems are used:

  • for health, safety and security purposes,to prevent fraud and specifically the protection of Shell assets, Shell Staff and visitors to Shell premises;
  • to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, specifically where there is a local legal requirement to provide information to government/regulatory authorities;
  • to monitor (on an aggregated basis) the number of individuals entering and working in a Shell premise for human resources and real estate planning; and
  • in the case of contractors only (not Shell employees) the date and time of their entry and exit of Shell premises is used for the purposes of financial management and control.

Most of our premises and assets are equipped with surveillance cameras (CCTV). Where surveillance cameras are used they will be identified. Surveillance cameras are used for health, safety and security specifically the protection of Shell assets, Shell staff and visitors to Shell premises. All images are routinely deleted unless there has been a health, safety or security incident, suspected or actual criminal activity, in which case they may be viewed by internal Shell investigation teams and externally if legally required or permitted by law enforcement or other government authority.


In order to comply with legal and regulatory obligations, to protect Shell’s assets and employees/contractors and specifically to ensure that Shell can comply with trade control, anti-money laundering and/or bribery and corruption laws and other regulatory requirements, we carry out screening on all employees and contractors on a periodic basis. This screening takes place against publicly available or government issued sanctions lists and is compared with information held about you by Shell (for example from the Conflict of Interest register - see here for more information).

Any personal information collected through the screening will not involve profiling or automated decision making regarding suitability for continued employment, internship or engagement as a contractor.

Who is responsible for any personal information collected?

Shell USA, Inc., a Delaware corporation having offices at 150 N. Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas, 77079, USA along with your employing company, if different, (or in the case of dependents, the employing company of the Shell employee) either solely or jointly with its affiliates within the Shell group of companies.

In the case of individual contractors, the company within the Shell Group that has contracted your services solely or jointly with its affiliates within the Shell group of companies and your external contracting/employing company/agency.

The sharing and disclosing of your personal information.

Who will we share the personal information with?

Your personal information are exclusively processed for the purposes referred to above and will only be shared on a strict need to know basis with:

  • Other companies within the Shell group of companies, including to those which may be located outside of the United States of America;
  • Authorized third party agents, service providers, external auditors and/or subcontractors of Shell; and
  • A competent public authority, government, regulatory or fiscal agency where it is necessary to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation to which the relevant Shell company/companies is subject to or as permitted by applicable law; or
  • As necessary or appropriate to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and
  • Any person to whom Shell proposes to transfer any of its rights and/or duties.

Your personal information may be transferred outside of your country, subject to appropriate safeguards.

Transfers of your personal information to other countries

Where your personal information have been transferred to companies within the Shell group and/or to authorized third parties located outside of your country we take organizational, contractual and legal measures to ensure that your personal information are exclusively processed for the purposes mentioned above and that adequate levels of protection have been implemented in order to safeguard your personal information. These measures include contractual obligations preventing service providers from selling your personal information and Binding Corporate Rules for transfers among the Shell group. You can find a copy of Shell Binding Corporate Rules at

Shell is committed to safeguarding your personal information.

Security of your personal information

We have implemented technology and policies with the objective of protecting your privacy from unauthorised access and improper use and will update these measures as new technology becomes available, as appropriate.

The retention of your personal information for a defined period of time.

How long do we hold your personal information for?

All information, including personal information, is managed in line with the Shell group standards for Information and Records Management and securely deleted thereafter.

  • Information contained within personnel files is held for no longer than 10 years once your employment has terminated;
  • information relating to retirement benefits are held for no longer than 99 years from the commencement of employment;
  • any personal information gathered as part of the screening against publicly available or government issued sanctions lists and media sources are held for no longer than 15 years after they were first gathered;
  • the names, date, time and access points for all individuals entering Shell premises are held for 3 years from each access;
  • where an individual has been dismissed or had their contract terminated due to serious misconduct, including breaching the Shell Life Saving Rules or breaching the Shell Code of Conduct that information is held for up to 30 years post termination.

In all cases information may be held for (a) a longer period of time where there is a legal or regulatory reason to do so (in which case it will be deleted once no longer required for the legal or regulatory purpose) or (b) a shorter period where you object to the processing of the personal information and there is no longer a legitimate business purpose to retain it.

Your rights and how to exercise them.

Your rights in relation to your personal information

We aim to keep our information about you as accurate as possible. Any US resident, regardless of state of residency, can request the following:

  • access to your personal information, including access to specific pieces of personal information where local law applies;
  • correction or deletion of your personal information (but only where they are no longer required for a legitimate business purpose);
  • restriction and objection to the processing of your personal information under certain circumstances and where local law applies;
  • limit to the collection and use of your personal information, including sensitive personal information, for unrelated purposes where local law applies;
  • opt-out from the sale or sharing of your personal information, including for cross-context behavioral advertising or for targeted advertising, if sold or shared and where local law applies;
  • opt-out from the collection and use and/or to limit the disclosure or use of your personal information, including sensitive personal information, if collected and where local law applies;
  • to no longer receive marketing communications; and/or
  • that you receive personal information that you have provided to Shell, in a structured, digital form to be transmitted to another party, if this is technically feasible.

How to exercise your rights

For those individuals who have access to HR Online you can access your personal information through:

Alternatively, please contact your local HR adviser. If you are a contractor you should speak with your external contracting/employing company/agency. For former employees or dependents, please contact

Who can you contact if you have a query, concern or compliant about your personal information?

If you have any issues, queries or complaints regarding the processing of your personal information please contact your local HR contact.

You can also contact or Shell Group Chief Privacy Officer at Shell International B.V. The Hague, The Netherlands - Trade Register, No. 27155369 Correspondence: PO Box 162, 2501 AN, The Hague.

Without prejudice to any rights you may have in line with local law you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Dutch Data Protection Authority whose address is Prins Clauslaan 60, 2595 AJ The Hague, Netherlands. Please visit for more information.

This Privacy Notice is periodically updated.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We reserve the right to update this Privacy Notice periodically and without notice, for example, when a new category of personal information is collected and used and upon changes/enactment of data protection and privacy laws. For significant or material changes to this Privacy Notice, we will prominently post such changes on this page and update the revision date to provide awareness. You are advised to regularly review this Privacy Notice for possible changes. This Privacy Notice was last updated in May 2023.