Human rights are fundamental to Shell’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. We want to make a positive impact on society, contributing to a more diverse and inclusive world. Shell is committed to respecting human rights as set out in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Our approach is informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Shell is interested to advance our ambition to be a leading company in human rights.

What’s the role?

You will be responsible for the following:


  • Building the company’s reputation as a leading multinational in human rights
  • As a respected subject matter expert, representing Shell at human rights-related global forums, conferences, and effectively across a diverse range of human rights issues
  • Providing expert technical advice and contributing to policy debates with key experts, influencers, and their institutions
  • Developing policy positions and effectively advocating for Shell’s interests with external stakeholders, i.e. international organisations, multilaterals, non-governmental organisations, and influencers (think tanks, academics, etc.)
  • Leveraging an extensive external network of individuals and institutions on a broad range of issues relating to human rights


  • Contributing to the strategic advancing of the human rights strategy across the business and ensuring compliancy with existing and emerging country legislation
  • Proactively monitor human rights legislation globally and provide analysis and counsel to leadership on legislation compliance
  • As a trusted adviser to Shell’s senior leadership, advise on emerging issues and trends, risks and opportunities, to ensure legislation compliance and that Shell continues to manage human rights in line with our policies and principles
  • Using effective collaborative and influencing skills to secure strategic ambitions to deliver meaningful outcomes for Shell and society
  • Advancing our ESG ratings in human rights
  • Actively engaging, monitoring and shaping internal global and country-level policies
  • Providing appropriate counsel to the business regarding adherence to relevant internal and external policies, legislation and guidelines including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational companies
  • Participating in policy and leadership decision making bodies as required
  • Embracing change as the company advances its Powering Progress strategy

What We Need From You

Alongside your degree in human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field, you’ll ideally have/be:

  • A trusted advisor by corporate senior leadership on human rights in a large multinational company
  • Proven track record of leading the implementation of a human rights strategy that is informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across multiple functions (human resources, supply chain, worker welfare, in communities, provision of security, and other)
  • Building a multinational company’s external reputation as a leading company in human rights
  • Track record of delivering meaningful corporate human rights outcomes
  • Experience engaging and working in an inclusive and diverse company with a learner mindset and a collaborative approach to getting things done
  • Concrete experience in tackling issues in advance of them becoming risks to the business and its stakeholders


  • A respected subject matter expert in the field of human rights with an extensive network across MNCs, multilaterals, think tanks, and academics
  • Strong internal stakeholder management skills, working with both senior leadership and subject matter experts
  • In-depth knowledge of systemic and emerging human rights issues and legislation in different countries and in different parts of the business
  • Big picture strategic thinker, able to collaborate across teams while connecting the dots with business, supply chain, social impacts, security, etc.
  • Balanced and persuasive influencer of both internal and external stakeholders, building on solid data and experience in delivering outcomes for corporates and society
  • Thorough understanding of external policy and legal trends related to human rights across the business, and across key ESG metrics
  • Excellent grasp of societal and community expectations on the role of corporates and human rights

Company Description

Shell Nederland BV is a platform for international collaboration, with Shell offering direct employment to around ten thousand people in the Netherlands alone, including roughly 2,800 non-Dutch employees from around 80 countries. Diversity is key at Shell Nederland, and our employees reflect the innovation that stems from a diverse workforce. By joining Shell Nederland, you will benefit from an unrivalled industry-leading development programme that will see you tap into a pool of expert knowledge that will help propel your career. Shell Nederland is the holding company of most Shell companies operating in the Netherlands. Shell Nederland also has an advisory and coordinating role in numerous areas.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell.

Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in oil, gas and renewable energy to meet demand, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.

We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there. We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology. We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

To Apply

Please visit the job description page on LinkedIn.