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Human rights

We are committed to identifying, preventing and addressing human rights risks and impacts associated with our business activities
Q. What is BP doing to respect worker rights?

A. “In petrochemicals we have been undertaking assessments at selected sites. We are using the findings from these assessments to help our contractors deepen their understanding of the risks to the workforce and improve their labour practices.  We are also using what we have learnt to inform how we can build labour rights and modern slavery risk prevention into our business processes to manage the risk more systematically across BP.”


Rita Griffin, chief operating officer, petrochemicals, BP

Rita Griffin, chief operating officer, petrochemicals, BP

Our human rights stories

We respect the rights of our workforce and those living in communities affected by our activities.


We set out our commitments in our human rights policy and code of conduct, and our operating management system contains guidance on respecting the rights of workers and community members.


We respect internationally recognized human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including the Core Conventions. We are incorporating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which set out how companies should prevent, address and remedy human rights impacts, into our business processes.


Our focus areas include ethical recruitment and working conditions of contracted workforces at our sites, responsible security, community health and livelihoods and mechanisms for workers and communities to raise concerns.


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

International standards and principles
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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 2018. We have confirmed this in our filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.