Sustainability

We strive to be a world-class operator, a responsible corporate citizen and a good employer. We believe we have a positive role to play in meeting growing energy demand around the world

Keeping a relentless focus on safety is naturally a top priority for us. Rigorous management of risk helps to protect the people at the frontline, the places in which we operate and the value we create. We understand that operating in politically complex regions and technically demanding geographies, such as deep water and oil sands, requires particular sensitivity to local environments. 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 can only operate if we maintain the trust of people inside and outside the company. 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.

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.

How we operate

Within BP, our operating businesses are accountable for delivering safe, reliable and compliant operations. They have the responsibility to identify and manage risks and bring together people with the right skills and competencies.

It is an explicit requirement of our OMS that sites carry out self verification for health, safety, security and environment checks. They work in collaboration with deployed safety specialists and are subject to independent scrutiny and assurance.

Our ability to be a safe and responsible operator depends in part on the capability and performance of our contractors, suppliers and partners. We address this in a variety of ways including training and requiring adherence to operational standards in legally binding agreements.

We seek to identify and manage risks in the supply chain relating to safety, corruption and money laundering, and aim to have sustainability-related provisions in our contracts with suppliers and contractors.

Safety

Everything BP aims to do as a company relies upon the safety of our operations, workforce and the communities around us

Safety is our top priority ­ driven by our leadership and applied through our operating management system.

We strive to create and maintain safe and healthy working environments and to apply robust operating and maintenance practices at our facilities.

Leadership and culture

BP’s senior management has set clear expectations designed to help all leaders excel as safety leaders and to embed a strong safety culture with all employees. Safety is one of our five values that guide us to act in a certain way. Additionally, our code of conduct clarifies the basic rules our people must follow including expectations for operating safely, responsibly and reliably. Our leaders reinforce the message that it is not just ‘what’ we do, but ‘how’ we do it that is important.

In their performance reviews employees set priorities that relate to our values, including for safety and risk management.

Environment

BP is working to avoid, minimize and mitigate environmental impacts wherever we do business.

Throughout the life cycle of our projects and operations, we aim to manage environmental impacts and address any related impacts on local communities.

We manage the environmental and social impacts of our operations and projects through our operating management system (OMS). This helps our businesses around the world to manage their impacts throughout the entire operational life cycle.

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