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Human rights

Respect is one of BP’s values and guides how we interact with all those who come into contact with our operations

Respecting human rights

We are committed to identifying and addressing human rights risks and impacts directly linked with our business activities, including the rights of our workforce and those living in communities affected by our activities.

Our current focus areas include the recruitment, working and living conditions of contracted workforces at our sites, responsible security, community grievance mechanisms and channels for workforces to raise their concerns.

We encourage employees, contractors, communities and other third parties to speak up if they see something they think could be unsafe or unethical. At our worksites we help make sure people are aware of our confidential global helpline OpenTalk, our community complaints systems and workforce grievance mechanisms.

International standards and principles
  • The International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • The International Bill of Human Rights
  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
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Our human rights focus areas
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Labour rights


  • Health and safety
  • Forced labour and human trafficking
  • Fair working and living conditions
  • Non-discrimination
  • Channels to raise concerns


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Security and human rights


  • Interaction between security forces, communities and workers


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Rights of people in communities


  • Livelihoods and local employment
  • Consultation and grievance mechanisms
  • Socio-economic, health and environmental impacts

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Our own standards

Conflict minerals

We have no reason to believe that any gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum necessary to the functionality or production of our products may have originated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries for products manufactured in the calendar year 2017. We have confirmed this in our filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.