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Our neighbours

We aim to be good neighbours in the communities where we operate. This means more than running our operations cleanly and safely: it also means working with people close to our operations to address their concerns and help them benefit from our activities.

This includes buying and hiring locally, and supporting social investment programmes.

Shell Gabon has always been actively involved in the social development of communities around its areas of activities. Focus areas for social investment are education, health, the environment, infrastructure development support, job creation/ entrepreneurship.

Shell has initiated a Sustainable livelihoods project aimed at stimulating self development of the local communities.The Sustainable Livelihoods Project is a multi-sector partnership involving organizations from the private, public and non-government sectors. The purpose of the project is to identify and implement income generating initiatives that enhance the sustainable livelihood of the people living in the Gamba area.

Partners to the project are Shell, FODEX (a local micro credit organization), the National Office for Employment (ONE), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), WWF, the Municipality of Gamba, the District Council of Ndougou, the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Mines and oil. Training in small enterprise management and a micro credit scheme have been implemented as part of the project.

How we do business

The Shell General Business Principles include our support for fundamental human rights in line with the legitimate role of business. We aim to work with integrity, even as the search for oil and gas takes us into challenging locations and politically sensitive countries. We pay taxes and royalties to the governments of countries where we operate, and these are often their main source of revenue.

Human rights

Our Business Principles include our aim to respect the human rights of our employees and support fundamental human rights in line with the legitimate role of business. We also work with others to support international efforts to improve understanding of the relationship between business and human rights.


Our company-wide HIV/AIDS programme states we do not discriminate against anyone affected by HIV/AIDS. We also help to provide treatment for employees affected by HIV/AIDS. In partnership with other companies and organisations we work to raise awareness and support efforts to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS in the communities where we operate.

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