What Does Supplier Diversity Mean at Shell?

At Shell, Supplier Diversity is about investing in our collective future by growing capable, historically under-represented businesses into the supplier partners our industry needs to be sustainable and meet the energy needs of tomorrow. By doing so, we will change the profile of our supply chain to reflect and uplift the communities in which we live and work.

Supplier Diversity encourages the use of and supports the development of minority-, woman-, veteran-, LGBT-, and disabled-owned businesses. Many of these businesses are also historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) and SBA recognized small businesses.

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Shell is looking to partner with suppliers who share our common vision and values and our drive for providing more and cleaner energy solutions. A strong safety culture, rigorous performance standards and ability to scale up to meet demand are important to Shell.

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What Shell Looks For

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At Shell, we are focused on bringing qualified, diverse suppliers into our procurement process and helping them prepare to be an integral part of our supply chain. Here are the essential attributes that can help us start the process:


For the purposes of Shell’s Supplier Diversity Program, we look for businesses that are certified as minority-, women-, veteran-, LGBT-, and disabled owned businesses.

Businesses can establish diversity status by receiving a certification. Some examples of certifying partner organizations include the following:

In addition, Shell looks for:

  • Business Readiness & Relevant Experience: Prospective suppliers should be able to demonstrate relevant experience and business acumen through completion of similar projects, participation in strategic partnerships, or subcontracting through qualified primes.
  • Demonstrated Profitability & Financial Stability
  • A Commitment to Safety: At Shell, we put the health and safety of our workers, suppliers, customers and the environment at the top of our agenda. Suppliers must demonstrate a company culture that is committed to safety with rigorous safety standards in place.
  • Capacity/Scalability: Suppliers must demonstrate the capacity to scale up as needed.

Find Your Fit

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Find Your Fit: Clarify your value proposition by reviewing how your product or service uniquely positions your organization to do business with Shell. Use our Find Your Fit resource to determine how your organization can fill an important need and improve Shell’s business.

Take The Next Step

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Register your business with Shell. While inclusion in Shell SupplierGATEWAY does not guarantee procurement transactions, your profile will be utilized to better understand your capabilities as future needs arise.

Connect with us at one of the local, regional or national events we attend in support of Supplier Diversity.

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