Shell’s people are its top priority. Throughout the organisation several social groups and support networks have been established to bring Shell’s diverse workforce together.

With a range of objectives, including encouraging a healthier lifestyle and supporting personal and professional development, these communities help foster a company-wide culture of acceptance and mutual respect.

Here we look at three of these networks – the Women’s Network at Shell (WN@S), the enABLE Network for employees with disabilities and the Shell African Network – and the impact they’ve had on shaping Shell’s culture of diversity and inclusion.

With regular discussions and events being attended by prominent corporate and public figures, it’s clear Pakistan’s WN@S is developing significant influence. “We want this group to ultimately play a huge role in shaping Shell Pakistan policies.”

Andy Kneen, Chair of the enABLE Network, the Netherlands

Andy Kneen joined the enABLE Network in 2005, when it was just a small group of employees meeting to discuss issues surrounding disability in the workplace. With his help, over the past decade it has grown to be much more.

“People with disabilities innovate every day to manage their condition and adapt to different environments,” says Andy. “Often we find new ways to do things and look at scenarios from a different perspective. These are the type of skills we need in an organisation like Shell.”

Today, there are six enABLE branches across the globe dedicated to supporting and highlighting the work of disabled employees in Shell.

“The network is now something we can use to raise awareness about different kinds of disability and impairments,” adds Andy. “It gives us the power to lobby the organisation and make the work environment more inclusive.”

Including a branch in the Netherlands, SAN membership totals nearly 300 people. In pursuit of their career ambitions, members connect through regular meetings, mentoring sessions and after-work social events.

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