Shell Foundation's Logo
World Map
Latin America; Middle East / North Africa; Subsaharan Africa; India; Southeast Asia; Central Asia; Global

Shell Foundation Tackling global development challenges at scale through enterprise based solutions




Shell Foundation is an independent charity established by the Shell Group in 2000 to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges. We apply business thinking to major social and environmental issues linked to the energy sector – and seek to leverage the skills and networks where possible to deliver greater development impact.

Over the years, learning from both success and failure, we have established a new enterprise-based model to deliver significant and lasting social and environmental outcomes. We now deploy a blend of financial and non-financial resources to accelerate social innovation and harness private markets to deliver public benefit at scale.

Our Approach

Shell Foundation works with a small number of entrepreneurial partners to identify the market failures that underpin many of the world’s problems and co-create new social enterprises to solve them. We provide patient grant funding, extensive business support and access to networks to help pioneers to validate new models, achieve financial independence and to expand across geographies.

Once a new solution is proven to be viable we create specialist intermediaries to facilitate growth and replication at an industry level.

By applying this approach to major global challenges such as job creation, access to energy, urban mobility and sustainable supply chains, we have created several strategic partners that are now delivering large-scale impact in multiple countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.



Clean and Green Technology; Distribution / Supply Chain; Energy; Enterprise Development, SME; Environment, Climate Change; Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance


  • 1) Problem Identification
  • 2) Idea
  • 3) Prototype/ Pilot
  • 5) Starting to See Strong Revenue Traction
  • 6) Solidifying Operations
  • 7) Rapid Growth

social vs. financial return preference

  • 1: Social Return First

Types of entities

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid

providing funding for these regions

  • Latin America
  • Middle East / North Africa
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Central Asia
  • Global

funding types

  • Grants / Donations
  • Debt
  • Convertible
  • Equity