Diversity and inclusion

We work to attract, motivate, develop and retain the best talent from the diversity the world offers – our ability to be competitive and to thrive globally depends on it

Building a diverse BP where every employee is valued is one of the ways we’ll succeed together. It really is that simple.
Bob Dudley, CEO

We believe success comes from the energy of our people, and creating an inclusive working environment where everyone can make a difference and give their best.

Gender Diversity

Ensuring a better gender balance across the workforce is a critical to BP’s D&I ambition.

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Interview with Leigh Ann Russell, VP of Performance, Global Wells Organisation

International women's day

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Find out more from our inspirational women across the world who aren't afraid to #BeBoldForChange.

BP is almost three years into its stated diversity goals of 25% women group leaders and 30% women senior level leaders by 2020

We continue to make steady progress on across all levels of the organisation and in engagement levels. To support this, we have implemented:

  • Minimum standards for recruitment and selection, called ‘Rules of the Road’ (RotR) across BP. These diversity principles support us in selecting high-quality, diverse talent.
  • Flexible working options supported by a toolkit on “agile working” to support leaders in implementing agile working across the company.


At BP, we believe progression should always be based on ability.  Which is why we promote a positive environment where everyone can deliver their best regardless of their sexual orientation.  We're very proud to be a business where you can be yourself.

BP has an established network of external LGBT partnerships which support our commitment to LGBT employees. BP is known for its progressive action in facilitating inter-energy awareness, and cross-industry networks on LGBT. As such, BP is now the highest-ranking energy company in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

BP Pride

Members of BP Pride groups, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) staff and allies are participating in a range of local events and initiatives in celebration of LGBT history month.  

Read more about BP Pride 2016.

Being a straight ally

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"Research has shown that staff who feel they can be open about their sexual orientation are more likely to enjoy going to work.

They’re also more likely to form honest relationships with colleagues and that makes them more confident—and, as a result, the research tells us that they are also around 30% more productive, so the benefits to BP are clear.

Pride is addressing this through programmes such as ‘Safe Space’, which aims to provide all employees with tools to help them become an active ally and create a safe working space for everyone.

The programme also aims to encourage employees to find the courage to stand up to inappropriate behaviours."  

- Chris Moody, UK Pride Chair


Veterans present an excellent talent base for BP.  Veterans are courageous, self-disciplined, highly motivated and results-oriented. They have been tested in highly demanding and pressurized situations. They are quick to learn, picking up new skills and adapting to new circumstances easily. And they take responsibility for their actions and get things done.  In fact, our values directly align with many of the same characteristics and traits that are most important to veterans.

From Signals to solutions

"BP appreciates the unique values and skills that active service members and veterans bring to our workforce, and we remain committed to providing more opportunities for both in coming years."

- John Minge, Chairman and president, BP America

After leaving the army, former soldier Tania applied the skills she learned in the military to help her succeed at BP.

Read more about Tania's career at BP. 

BP Supply and trading military placement program

BP has developed a formal placement programme for veterans within our Supply and trading business. This programme, launched in 2016 in London, Chicago and Houston, is designed to give military leavers the opportunity to gain commercial experience within our organisation. Individuals will complete an initial 6 month paid placement opportunity, with the opportunity to secure a full-time role upon successful completion of the programme.

Find out more about the BP Supply and trading military placement program. 


BP strives to hire a workforce that is representative of the communities in which it operates.

We have implemented processes and goals to help drive improvements, such as sponsorship, recruitment and talent practices that will assist with our efforts to increase and retain a more diverse workforce. We continue to review and monitor improvements in US minority representation.

Of our global Group Leader population, 23.4%, by nationality, are from countries outside of the US and UK (at the end of 2015).

“When we talk about diversity and inclusion in BP, we mean in thoughts and actions, not just at how people look or their orientation.

Diverse talent can only thrive in an inclusive culture where everyone is valued and treated equally."

- Peter Duff, head of diversity and inclusion, EMEA

BP’s Positively Ethnic Network (PEN) was set up in 2006 and continues to promote the inclusion and representation of ethnic minorities at BP through targeted programmes in recruitment, mentoring, professional development and cultural awareness.

The Widening Participation Programme (WPP)

The WPP is run by BP’s Positively Ethnic Network (PEN), whose aim is to promote the recruitment and advancement of UK based ethnic minority employees.

Find out more about the WPP in the UK.


BP has always strived to be inclusive of everyone including those with disabilities. We have an International Partnership with the IPC (International Paralympic Committee), and National Paralympic partnerships in place in the UK, US, Angola, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Trinidad, and Turkey.

To improve our awareness and understanding of recruiting and employing disabled talent, BP has partnered with the National Organization on Disability in the US and the Disability Café Club in the UK.

Being disABLED

"I was impressed with BP’s focus on their employee’s work-life balance, the excellent benefits and the variety of experiences to be gained within a global company."  

- Brooke Gebbia, financial analyst

Brooke Gebbia, financial analys at BP, featured in Careers & the disABLED discusses her disability and how it does not hold her back in her career at BP.  

Read more about Brooke.

BP's Accessibility BRG aims to breaks down barriers related to visible and invisible disabilities, long term illnesses and injuries. They aspire to ensure everyone is able to reach their full potential by providing the tools and resources to make BP an inclusive and productive work environment for all staff. 

Business Resource Groups (BRGs)

BRGs are BP’s employee networks, voluntarily set up by employees for employees. Their goal is to support BP's Diversity and Inclusion Ambition to create an inclusive place to work, and help to foster, develop and retain diverse talent in BP.

We currently have 13 diverse BRGs around the globe raising awareness and educating employees on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, working parents, veterans and disabilities, providing opportunities for informal development and networking.

Our Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are grassroots, employee-initiated and employee-driven groups. They’re open to everyone who wants to get involved and share a common goal of making BP more inclusive through delivering our D&I Ambition, helping BP meet its global objectives. All BRGs are run by employees, for employees, supported by a global steering committee. 

Diversity awards

  • 2016, "Top 50 Employer" List in Minority Engineer Magazine - #28", US
  • 2016, "Woman Engineer's Top 50 Employer - #39", US
  • 2016, "Top Veteran Friendly Company in U.S. Veteran Magazine's Annual Best of the Best", US
  • 2016, 2015, 2014, "Military Friendly Employer in GI Jobs Magazine", US
  • 2016, 2015, "BW Business world-YES Bank Best CFO Awards", India
  • 2016, "Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America - Savoy Networks", US
  • 2015, "Top 10 LGBT and Ally Executive", UK
  • 2015, "Champion for Women - Women in Banking & Finance Awards", UK
  • 2015, "Top 10 Rising Star Winner in Technology - WeAreTheCity 50 Rising Stars Award", UK
  • 2015, "Leader of the Year: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - Black British Business Awards", UK
  • 2015, "Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index (WEI) Top 100" - BP was the top-placed company from the oil and energy sector, sitting at 22nd place overall in the 2015 index, UK

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