Our strategy and sustainability

We believe that the best way for BP to achieve sustainable success is by acting in the long-term interests of our shareholders, our partners and society

We aim to create long-term value for our shareholders by helping to meet growing energy demand in a safe and responsible way. We strive to be a world-class operator, a responsible corporate citizen and a good employer.

By supplying energy, we support economic development and help to improve quality of life for millions of people. Our activities also generate jobs, investment, infrastructure and revenues for governments and local communities. 

Keeping a relentless focus on safety is the top priority for us. Rigorous management of risk helps to protect the people at the front line and the places in which we operate. We continue to enhance our systems, processes and standards, including how we manage the risks that can be created by the actions of our contractors and the operators of joint ventures in which we participate. We understand that operating in politically complex regions and technically demanding geographies requires particular sensitivity to local environments. 

We are working to become a simpler business, reducing complexity and increasing efficiency. We are strengthening our portfolio of high-return and longer-life upstream assets, while building high-quality downstream businesses with premium products and advanced technologies. In this way, we are focusing on where we can generate the most value and not necessarily the greatest volume of production. All of this is underpinned by our expertise, technology and relationships. 

Strong financial performance is vital, because it enables us to make the investments necessary to produce the energy that society requires, while rewarding and maintaining the support of our shareholders. 

We can only retain the ability to operate if we keep the trust of people inside and outside BP. We must earn people’s trust by being fair and responsible in everything we do. We monitor our performance closely and aim to report in a transparent way. We believe good communication and open dialogue are vital if we are to meet the expectations of our employees, customers, shareholders and the local communities in which we operate.


The information on this page forms part of the information reviewed and reported on by Ernst & Young as part of BP's 2015 sustainability reporting. View the full assurance statement.

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