What Does Supplier Diversity Mean to us?

Cultivating a diverse supplier network embodies a commitment to nurturing the growth of capable, historically underrepresented enterprises, that will help us meet the evolving energy demands of tomorrow. We aspire to reshape our supply chain to mirror and empower the diverse communities where we operate and reside.

Supplier Diversity actively promotes and fosters the utilization and advancement of businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with disabilities. Among these enterprises are many that qualify as historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) and small businesses recognized by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Working with us

We actively seek partnerships with suppliers who align with our shared vision and values and our commitment to delivering advanced and sustainable energy solutions. Paramount to our selection criteria is a robust safety culture, stringent performance benchmarks, and the capability to scale operations to meet evolving demands.

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What we Look for in a Supplier

We aim to integrate qualified and diverse suppliers into our procurement framework, while also aiding in their readiness to become indispensable contributors to our supply chain. Here are the key attributes that can initiate this process:


For SHELL's Supplier Diversity Program, we seek businesses certified as minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, and disabled-owned enterprises.

Businesses can establish diversity status by receiving a certification with organizations such as:

We also look for:

  • Business Readiness & Relevant Experience: Prospective suppliers are expected to exhibit pertinent experience and business acumen, which can be demonstrated through successful completion of comparable projects, engagement in strategic partnerships, or subcontracting arrangements with reputable primary contractors.
  • Demonstrated Profitability & Financial Stability
  • A Commitment to Safety: Prioritizing the health and safety of our employees, suppliers, customers, and the environment is paramount. Suppliers are required to showcase a similar corporate culture deeply rooted in safety, reinforced by robust safety protocols and standards.
  • Capacity/Scalability: Suppliers must demonstrate the capacity to scale up as needed.

Find Your Fit

Shell Supplier Diversity Advocate Standing with Women Owners

Find Your Fit: Enhance your understanding of your organization's value proposition by evaluating how your product or service uniquely aligns with SHELL's business objectives. Utilize our "Find Your Fit" resource to identify opportunities where your organization can fulfill critical needs and enhance SHELL's operations.

Shell Supplier Diversity with Houston Community leaders

Take The Next Step

Although registration in SHELL SupplierGATEWAY does not guarantee procurement transactions, your profile will serve as a resource to assess your capabilities as future requirements emerge.

  • Engage with us at local, regional, or national events where we actively promote Supplier Diversity. 

Supplier Diversity Programs

A pivotal aspect of our supplier development initiative involves fostering and bolstering programs aimed at nurturing businesses to become integral assets within our supply chain.

Diversity Advocacy

Our diversity advocacy initiatives extend into communities, nurturing the skills and mindset necessary for individuals and businesses to integrate into Shell's future endeavors.

Diversity Advocacy
  • Supplier Diversity Programs

We offer diverse programs, including collaborations with partner organizations, designed to enhance prime contractors' second-tier initiatives, facilitate entry for small businesses into second-tier roles, and support the expansion of small businesses within the scope of their capabilities.

  • Capacity Building Programs
Shell diverse supplier standing with Shell employee

Capacity building stands as one of the primary requirements within the supplier diversity landscape. In collaboration with our partner organizations, we are actively crafting programs to elevate promising Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to higher levels by enhancing their capabilities. This endeavor may entail the creation of tailored programs or directing them towards existing initiatives conducive to their growth trajectory.

We rely extensively on collaboration with external partners to identify suitable candidates for targeted capacity building programs and to facilitate their involvement in newly devised initiatives tailored to meet evolving market demands.


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A more diverse supply chain, including historically under-represented businesses, can help improve competition, drive innovation and better reflect and uplift communities.