We aim to report on all aspects of our business, including joint ventures where we are the operator. Where appropriate, we also seek to provide an overview of joint venture activities where we are not the operator, but where we have significant influence on our partners.
We validate the content with our external assurance provider, Ernst & Young, whose remit includes commenting on the prominence given to each topic and identifying any gaps.
We apply the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines, and we use guidance from our industry association IPIECA. We also report against the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
BP Sustainability Report 2017 and bp.com/sustainability contain certain forward-looking statements – that is, statements related to future, not past events and circumstances – which may relate to the ambitions, aims, targets, plans and objectives of BP – as well as statements related to the future energy mix, the future of electric vehicles and future emissions and carbon policies and plans relating to the diversity of our workforce. Forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future and are outside of the control of BP. Actual results or outcomes may differ from those expressed in such statements, depending on a variety of factors including those set out in the ‘Risk factors’ in our Annual Report and Form 20-F 2017 and other matters referred to at bp.com/energytransition.
Material is used within this document to describe issues for voluntary sustainability reporting that are considered to have the potential to significantly affect sustainability performance in the view of the company and/or are expected to be important in the eyes of internal or external stakeholders. Material for the purposes of this document should not, therefore, be read as equating to any use of the word in other BP p.l.c. reporting or filings. BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2017 may be downloaded from bp.com/annualreport. No material in this Sustainability Report forms any part of that document. No part of this Sustainability Report or bp.com/sustainability constitutes, or shall be taken to constitute, an invitation or inducement to invest in BP p.l.c. or any other entity and must not be relied upon in any way in connection with any investment decisions. BP p.l.c. is the parent company of the BP group of companies. Unless otherwise stated, the text does not distinguish between the activities and operations of the parent company and those of its subsidiaries.