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Policy and advocacy

Political donations

We prohibit the use of bp funds or resources to support any political candidate or party. We recognize the rights of our employees to participate in the political process and these rights are governed by the applicable laws in the countries where we operate.

In the US we provide administrative support for the bp employee political action committee (PAC), which is a non-partisan committee that encourages voluntary employee participation in the political process. All bp employee PAC contributions are reviewed for compliance with federal and state law and are publicly reported in accordance with US election laws.

Advocacy and lobbying

We co-operate and engage with governments, regulators and legislators in the development of proposed policies relevant to our business. These policies can affect us in a wide range of areas – from tax and employment issues to safety or the energy transition. This co-operation and engagement may include direct lobbying on specific policy proposals by our own employees, through broader advocacy via research work or supporting think tanks, to communications activities and advertising. For example, we are working with Washington state legislature in support of a cap-and-invest bill for GHG emissions.  

Trade associations

bp is a member of many industry associations that offer opportunities to share good practices and collaborate on issues of importance to our sector. We aim for alignment between our policies and those of trade associations but understand that associations’ positions reflect a compromise of the assorted views of the membership. In February 2020 we announced our aim to set new expectations for our relationships with trade associations around the globe. We will make the case for our views on climate change and we’ll be transparent where we differ. And where we can’t reach alignment, we will be prepared to leave. 


Trade associations: differing views  


We understand that positions taken on any topic by a trade association are often a compromise or majority view, arrived at through their individual decision-making processes, with the potential for widely differing views among their membership. Consequently, we may share our perspective on emerging policy themes with a specific trade association, but as one member among many, we do not expect to dictate what they write or say.


We monitor our memberships of associations, and the positions they take. Where our views cannot be reconciled, we may share details here.