The necessity of sustainable development presents some significant opportunities and challenges to companies in the petroleum sector. They need to consider the consequences of their activity on the economy, environment and society, as well as how these domains interact with each other. There follows a requirement to integrate these consequences and interactions into corporate actions. And, since actions are the consequences of decisions, decision-making can provide a vital foothold for developing sustainable development thinking within the corporation. This paper describes Integrated Decision Making (IDM), an approached developed by Shell Exploration & Production in Europe designed to enable decision makers to contribute to sustainable development when executing their core responsibilities. The paper describes the theoretical background to IDM, its history, practice and some lessons-learned. The IDM approach continues to be improved by the authors.

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