International Day of Elimination of Racism
As a truly global business with employees in 62 countries around the world, it is critical that our employee base is made up of people from all ethnic backgrounds, representing the communities in which we operate.
To ensure this, we have focused on driving improvements in ethnic representation through initiatives such as sponsorship, targeted recruitment and talent practices, as well as setting goals to make sure we are succeeding in key regions around the globe.
For example, in the US we have implemented a number of initiatives focused on attracting, developing and retaining our ethnic minority employee base, as we continue to strive for improvements in our US minority representation. Internally we focus on developing minority employees through fostering an inclusive culture and better equipping line managers. Externally we have developed targeted recruitment strategies to broaden the diversity of talent applying for roles with us.
Our Positively Ethnic Network (PEN) was set up in 2006. PEN is the business resource group (BRG) that promotes the inclusion and representation of ethnic minorities at bp. It does this through mentoring, professional development and cultural awareness.
For example, the UK PEN has formed the Widening Participation Programme (WPP) which aims to promote the recruitment and advancement of UK-based ethnic minority employees, by teaching students how to use science, technology, engineering or mathematics to pursue careers in companies like ours.
We chatted to Tolu Falade, chair of bp’s Positively Ethnic Network (bpPEN), to find out more about the employee resource group and its involvement in promoting Black History Month this year. The theme of 2023’s Black History Month (BHM) was ‘Celebrating our Sisters’, dedicated to honouring the achievement of black women
bp recently sponsored UK Black Business Week – an event that celebrates excellence, innovation and empowerment within the black community. We caught up with Kerry Griffith, diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) consultant, people & culture, to find out more about the week and why our involvement is so important.
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