Four of BP’s leaders on the 2016 OUTstanding Leading LGBT & Ally Executives and LGBT Future Leaders list, published in the Financial Times on 25 October, more than in any previous year
Paul Reed, CEO of Integrated Supply & Trading (IST), is one of only five people to have been given a place in the inaugural OUTstanding Hall of Fame, reserved for those whose strong contribution to promoting LGBT+ inclusion has secured them top-10 places on the lists since they were launched in 2013. Last year Reed was number six on the Top 100 leading LGBT executives list, up from eighth place in 2014. On the first list of the top 50 LGBT executives in 2013 he was third. He said: “I hope that the visibility gained through this publication sends a strong signal that diversity in all its forms is encouraged in BP and that the ability to be oneself at work leads both to greater performance and to personal contentment.”
Michael Sosso, Vice President, Ethics & Compliance, appears on the list of Leading LGBT Executives, where he too appeared last year, in 43rd position. He said: “I’m thrilled to once again be included in this year’s list - an honour that I share with all of my colleagues across BP who role-model our Values & Behaviours and create an accepting and respectful workplace. We are privileged to work at a company that embraces diversity and recognizes that our individual and collective success is greatest when people are able to be themselves.”
Tamoor Ali, Corporate Finance Manager and former co-chair of BP Pride, appears on the LGBT Future Leaders List. He said: “Our people are our most important resource to unlock BP’s competitive edge. We must nurture them and grow them in line with our values and behaviours. This includes leading at all levels in the organisation to ensure everyone feels included; their ideas are heard and they are given the courage and opportunity to succeed. BP’s business resource groups are one way of enabling our teams to develop these skills early on in their careers and we must ensure that the business recognises and rewards good behaviours alongside performance to embed this in into BP’s DNA at all levels.”
Andy Milnes, a regional business unit leader for Global Oil Eastern Hemisphere (GOEH) in IST, appears on the Leading Ally Executive List. Andy said: “I’m delighted to be nominated for this because it really helps to reinforce the important message that BP is an inclusive place to work where we all respect each other and we’re free to be ourselves.” There are three OUTstanding ranking lists: • Leading LGBT Executives: 100 senior role models who are helping to make the workplace more welcoming for the LGBT+ community. • Leading Ally Executives: 50 senior executives who are outspoken and unwavering in their support for LGBT+ people in the workplace. • LGBT Future Leaders: 30 inspirational leaders for the future who are making a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion wherever they are placed in the company.