Privacy Notice - Shell Group Recruitment

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

What does this Privacy Notice cover?

This Privacy Notice provides information about personal information which are processed by a company or companies within the Shell group of companies (‘Shell’ or ‘we’) in relation to individuals who apply to work for, or who attend a recruitment event or undertake an assessment with Shell. This includes prospective employees, interns and contractors.

This Privacy Notice explains what personal information we process 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.

For individuals who are successful in their application for employment, internship or engagement as a contractor, the Privacy Notice - Shell Group Employee, Contractor and Dependents’ available at will apply.

As well as this Privacy Notice, bespoke privacy notices and supplementary privacy statements may contain further information about how Shell is processing your personal information. In those instances, such privacy notices will be communicated to you separately.

Notices are also available from the Shell websites in the various locations in which we operate, in local langauages and to reflect local requirements as appropriate.

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, is responsible for processing your personal information on behalf of itself or the relevant employing or engaging company within Shell.

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

Special Notice: if you are under 13 years old and wish to apply for a Shell sponsored education or innovation event. 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. If you are under 13 years old please do not send us your personal information for example, your name, address and email address. If you wish to contact Shell in a way which requires you to submit your personal information (such as for education or innovation events) please get your parent or guardian to do so on your behalf.

What categories of personal information do we process about you?

We process personal information relating to individuals who apply to work for, or who attend a recruitment event and/or undertake an assessment (‘Applicants’).

This includes personal contact information, date of birth, whether you have the legal right to work in the country in which you have applied, your application for employment, your qualifications and experience, results of interviews and assessments.

Sensitive personal information

For the purposes of recruitment, personal information regarding health data may be processed only as strictly required and as permitted or required by local law for the purposes of making adjustments to the recruitment process, for assessing eligibility for positions and fitness to work and provision of facilities in the workplace to accommodate health problems.

In addition, we gather 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 what purposes do we process your personal information?

We process your personal information for the following purposes:

  • Human Resources, personnel management, business process execution and internal management - including resource planning, and recruitment;
  • Health, safety and security - including protection of an individual’s life or health, occupational health and safety, protection of Shell’s assets and staff, authentication of individual status and access rights;
  • Legal and/or regulatory compliance - including compliance with legal or regulatory requirements; or
  • Management reporting and analysis - including statistical analysis and surveys regarding the quality of the recruitment process.

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

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

Pre-screening of Applicants

We carry out screening of all Applicants who we intend to make an offer of employment, engagement or internship (as the case may be) and prior to any offer being confirmed for the purposes of:

  • verifying the information that an Applicant provides during the screening/interview process. This will include verifying information with current/previous employers and educational institutions. No steps will be taken in this respect until the Applicant confirms the verification can take place;
  • screening Applicants against publicly available or government issued sanctions lists and media sources. This is 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.

Automated decision making and profiling

All applicants must answer questions which are necessary to ensure that individuals can lawfully enter into a contract with a Shell company if they are successful in their application. In addition, for graduate hires, we utilize an online assessment tool which scores individuals on their suitability for employment, based on automated decision making to ensure objectivity. In those cases, you will be notified of this and you will have the opportunity to have such automated decisions reviewed by or on behalf of a member of the Shell recruitment team. Save for graduate hires or as specifically notified to you in a bespoke privacy notice or a supplementary privacy statement during the recruitment process, no profiling or automated decision making will take place to determine suitability or eligibility for employment or engagement as a contractor.

The lawful bases for processing your personal information.

Why do we process your personal information?

We only process personal information of Applicants:

  • in order to take steps at the request of the Applicant prior to entering into a contract;
  • where it is necessary to comply with a legal obligation to which the relevant Shell company/companies is subject to ensure compliance with applicable employment, social security laws and regulations;
  • where it is necessary for the legitimate business interests of Shell (such as ensuring compliance with legal obligations other than those related to employment or social security, the protection of Shell assets, reputation and Shell employees and contractors) except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the Applicant; or
  • (only if legally required) with the explicit consent of the Applicant.
  • In those cases where processing is based on consent 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.

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 your location;
  • Authorized third party agents, service providers, external auditors and/or subcontractors of Shell in particular authorised third parties who carry out reference and background checks on behalf of Shell;
  • 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
  • Any person to whom Shell proposes to transfer any of its rights and/or duties.

Interacting with Shell through social media

If you choose to interact with Shell through social media on a Shell administered social media page (‘Shell Social Media Page’) - such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn, your personal information (such as your name, your profile picture and the fact that you are interested in Shell) will be visible to all visitors of your personal webpage depending on your privacy settings on the relevant social media platform, and will also be visible to Shell. You can delete any data that you shared on these sites at any time through your relevant social media platform’s account. Shell does not track your activity across the different social media sites that you use. If you send a message to Shell via any messanger service on a social media platform, these messages are held for no longer than one month after receipt. Please contact Shell if you wish to make a request that you are unable to action yourself and which relates to a Shell Social Media Page - see the section below.

Additionally and to the extent Shell is jointly responsible with a social media platform of a Shell Social Media Page, Shell will have access through the social media platform to aggregated data providing statistics and insights that help to understand the types of actions you take on Shell Social Media Pages. For more information on how your personal information are processed on those social media platforms, including any targeted advertising that you may receive, please refer to your privacy settings accessible through your relevant social media platform’s account.

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 of the United States of America 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 you hold my personal information for?

We hold personal information of unsuccessful Applicants for three years after the recruitment process or assessment has completed.

Information may be held for 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).

If you are successful in your application, the personal information gathered through the recruitment process will be retained in line with the Privacy Notice - Employees’, Dependants’ and Contractors’ Personal information, which is available at

What are the consequences of not providing your data?

Personal information requested and provided by Applicants are required in order to fulfil legal requirements and/or which is required for entering into a contract with you (or in the case of a contractor your employer/service provider). Failure to provide us with the information requested which is limited to that required for these purposes will negatively affect your chances of being selected for any potential employment, engagement or internship.

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 information:

  • 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;
  • to limit the collection, disclosure or use of your personal information, including sensitive personal information, if collected for unrelated purposes 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;
  • 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;
  • to no longer receive marketing communications on behalf of the relevant Business Customer, Supplier or Business Partner; and/or
  • to 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

To exercise any of your rights listed above, please contact

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

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

You may also contact the Shell Group Chief Privacy Officer at or 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, The Netherlands. Please visit for more information.

For any technical issue with regards to your recruitment process or in case of questions or comments regarding job opportunities at Shell, please contact us at: Shell Careers SSSCMLA-HRVO/N-T1

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This Privacy Notice is periodically updated.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We reservce 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. You are advised to regularly review this Privacy Notice for possible changes. 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. This Privacy Notice was last updated in May 2023.