Shell Oil Company Earns Top Marks in 2009 Corporate Equality Index

Shell Oil Company Earns Top Marks in 2009 Corporate Equality Index

Shell Oil Company proudly announced that it has earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Shell joins the ranks of 259 other major U.S. businesses that get top marks for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers.

“At Shell, we believe creating an inclusive workplace that brings out the very best from our employees is fundamental to our success,” said Francene Young, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Talent, Shell Oil Company. “It is extremely gratifying to have our commitment to diversity and inclusion recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in such a meaningful way.”

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Shell has established a formal framework of principles and expectations for every Shell-controlled company. Specifically, Shell companies are encouraged and required to value the broad range of cultural and personal differences that exists in each Shell company, respect each employee’s need to balance work and personal demands, provide equal opportunity for every staff member to compete and promote a culture in which all our people are committed to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, Shell-controlled companies must actively support the attraction, development, retention and promotion of diverse talent, and promote a workplace free from harassment and discrimination.

The CEI rated 583 businesses in total, evaluating LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits. Shell’s efforts in ensuring LGBT equality in each of the survey’s main criterion earned it the prestigious 100 percent ranking.

For more information on the 2009 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit More information about Shell and its commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found at

Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 109,000 people and operating in more than 130 countries and territories.

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