Sustainable Development

Shell and the Government of Brunei have a long and valued partnership of over 85 years. Shell Deepwater Borneo continues to build on that legacy by working together with our partners and stakeholders to help bring in more Bruneians into the industry and create a larger pool of skilled Bruneians.

Shell Deepwater Borneo aims to meet the energy needs of society in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally viable, now and in the future. We support Brunei Darussalam’s national aspirations for the development of an educated and highly skilled workforce to support a dynamic and sustainable economy.

In our search for new ways to produce and deliver cleaner energy, we are investing in people who can help us develop new technology and innovations. We do this through resourcing the right skill sets, meeting or exceed local employment target and support development of truly Bruneian business locally.

Social Investment

Social Investment is our voluntary contribution to Brunei. It is embedded in the way we carry out our day-to-day business to provide long-term sustainable programmes.  We seek to initiate, establish and support programmes that are aligned with our business. Our social investment activities are themed around science, education, innovation and business skills.

Shell Deepwater Borneo’s (SDB) commitment to sustainable development is found in the Company’s support for activities that reflect the national aspirations of Brunei and expectations of local communities. Collaborations are based on strategic partnerships that address issues in the community that are directly linked to our business. For example, SDB staff volunteered as Road Safety Ambassadors in collaboration with Brunei Shell Marketing volunteers to raise awareness about good road safety practices in local higher education institutes in 2016.

Apart from contributing to the community SDB operates in through environmental and social investment initiatives, we also support the nation’s capability and capacity building initiatives through working closely with the government and other partners to develop local talents within the industry. SDB staff had also previously participated as mentors at Shell’s LiveWIRE programme.

In 2016, SDB partnered with the Ministry of Primary Resources and Trade, through the ministry’s Biodiversity Research and Innovation Centre (BioRIC),  for a marine biodiversity survey as part of our support to national conservation and environmental efforts. The results of the study are subsequently incorporated into the national coral database which would promote awareness of the current environmental issues that threatens our vital oceans.

The marine environment is close to the heart of SDB as our projects are situated in offshore Brunei. We support the nation's efforts in educating the public on Brunei's rich maritime culture and history and also efforts to promote awareness on the importance of marine conservation.

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