bp’s corporate governance framework has a significant role enabling us to fulfil both our purpose – reimagining energy for people and our planet – and our net zero ambition.
The board has defined its responsibilities and an additional range of matters on which decision-making is reserved to itself – both of which are set out in its terms of reference.
To help the board fulfil its responsibilities consistent with its terms of reference, board meetings are structured around four pillars: strategy, performance, people and governance:
Strategy is a core part of the board’s role. Working alongside the CEO and bp leadership team, the board shapes and ultimately sets bp’s purpose, strategy and values. The board reviews and assesses the strategy at board meetings as we work towards delivering our targets and aims.
bp is committed to performing while transforming. To operate safely and reliably as we deliver on our strategy, the board reviews and seeks assurance of bp’s performance against the strategy and annual plan.
The board assesses and monitors bp’s culture to ensure alignment with the company’s purpose, strategy and values. The board recognizes the importance of effective engagement with shareholders and other stakeholders and encourages participation from these groups. This includes seeking meaningful and regular dialogue with our workforce.
The board requires the CEO to oversee the implementation of a comprehensive system of internal controls and it reviews bp’s internal control and risk management frameworks. The board is accountable for ensuring that the company’s corporate governance is in line with its duties under UK corporate law, the FRC’s Corporate Governance Code, bp’s articles of association and its internal governance structure.
As part of the governance structure and in accordance with the Corporate Governance Code the board has documented the responsibilities of the chair of the board, the CEO and the senior independent director. These can be found below:
To deliver on our purpose and strategy, we want to foster diversity of thought and an environment where everyone can bring their best and true selves to work. This is the case right through our organization, starting with the board. You can download our board diversity policy, which is reviewed by the people and governance committee, below.
The board has established four committees, some of which have roles that are prescribed under the UK’s corporate governance code, with the aim of supporting the board in fulfilling its responsibilities. These are the safety and sustainability committee, audit committee, people and governance committee and remuneration committee.
Each committee operates under its own terms of reference together with a set of terms applicable to all the committees. The terms have been tailored to support the board and to enable more detailed, deeper-dive reviews to be undertaken in particular areas when required. Their differing responsibilities are set out in summary below. For full details please click on the relevant terms of reference.
The safety and sustainability committee focuses its oversight on the management of safety and sustainability matters which it considers to be most potentially material in the following areas:
The people and governance committee leads the process for appointments to the board. This includes ensuring that plans are in place for an orderly succession to the board and leadership team as well as the development of a diverse succession plan.
The committee reviews workforce policies and practices and monitors their consistency with bp’s purpose, strategy and values. It also reviews developments in law, regulation and evolving practice relating to corporate governance.
The remuneration committee determines the directors’ remuneration policy and sets the chair, executive director and leadership team remuneration.
It reviews workforce remuneration and monitors related policies, satisfying itself that incentives and rewards are aligned with bp’s culture and performance.
Information about our Annual General Meeting including the Notice of Meeting and speeches made by members of the board
An overview of the key activities, events and results in 2020, together with commentary on bp’s performance and our priorities as we move forward