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Human rights

We respect the rights of our workforce and those living in communities near our sites who are affected by our activities. We set out our commitments in our human rights policy and code of conduct, and our operating management system contains requirements and guidance on respecting the rights of workers and community members
Khazzan field workforce
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 at Work, including the Core Conventions. These conventions are particularly pertinent as many accepted workforce norms and standards are based on them. They underpin our own bp human rights policy.
 
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.

Security and human rights

We work with our security providers to reinforce the importance of respecting human rights. We support the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which guide the way we work with security forces. In line with the principles, we emphasize the need to understand and respect the human rights of our workforce and people living in communities near our operations. We provide training on the principles for employees who are accountable for managing security and conduct assessments to identify ways in which we can help them to improve.

Working together to respect human rights

Around the world we work with non-governmental organizations and other partners on human rights issues and aim to make a positive impact at global, national and local community levels. These issues can range from community livelihoods, rights to water, land and resources, workforce rights – including modern slavery – through to the approach of security forces who protect our sites. 

 

We also participate in a number of global collaborative initiatives in support of human rights. Our participation in these initiatives helps us engage with stakeholders across society to better understand emerging issues and improve how we manage potential human rights impacts at an operational level. Some of these human rights-related initiatives include:

The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

 

bp is a founding member of the Voluntary Principles Initiative; participation in the initiative supports how we work with security forces to provide responsible security for our sites.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

 

bp is a founding member of the EITI, which sets a global standard for transparency of revenue flows in our industry; participation in the initiative supports engagement on transparency and good governance with civil society in countries where we operate.

The UN Global Compact (UNGC).

 

bp is an active participant in the UNGC at Group level. Participation in UNGC initiatives through national networks supports our understanding and management of social issues, including modern slavery.

The Fair Labour Alliance (FLA).

 

bp is a member of the FLA, which provides a collaborative and supportive forum through which we aim to support our businesses in meeting our labour rights and modern slavery  principles, including enhancing our practices for managing risks to migrant and other vulnerable workers.  

IPIECA, the oil and gas industry association for environment and social  performance. 

 

bp is an active member of IPIECA across a number of its workstreams. Those most relevant to human rights include the Social Responsibility Group, Human Rights Working Group and Supply Chain Working Group. Participation in these working groups enables us to share and learn from good industry practices and develop common tools and  guidance to address human rights issues and improve practices across our industry.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).

 

BSR brings together member companies across a number of different industries, and BP is an active member of BSR’s Human Rights Working Group. Through participation in this group we are able to learn from leading practices in other industries, share challenges and develop common solutions to improve  respect for human rights at the site and Group levels.

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 2019. We have confirmed this in our filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Supporting labour rights in Malaysia
bp Port Klang lubricants plant
Sunset on dock with multiple containers

Following an audit in 2017, which identified a number of issues relating to the labour rights of foreign workers employed by five third party service companies, the bp Port Klang lubricants plant in Malaysia has taken positive and effective action to rectify them.

Around 90 bp employees and 250 contractors work at the plant of which fewer than 10 are foreign workers. The audit highlighted issues faced by the foreign workers at the plant including unlawful recruitment fees, salary deductions and unclear or a lack of formal recruitment policies, processes and terms of employment. It also highlighted the need for greater oversight of these service companies.

In response a number of new measures were introduced. These included modern slavery and labour rights risks training for plant management and daily site walkovers by bp site supervisors to engage with workers, inform them of their rights and encourage them to speak out about issues.

The service companies identified in the audit were required to attend two days of modern slavery and labour rights training provided at the plant to understand the local context and discuss how some existing site processes could be used to support improved labour rights management. These service companies were also required to make certain commitments on modern slavery and labour rights. The plant made sure that bp labour rights principles are made clearer to contractors, are explained during induction sessions, and are included in the specialist training introduced for high risk contractors in 2019.

Contractors can raise grievances through formal and informal channels. These grievances are then followed up and resolved with the relevant contractor companies using the bp labour rights and modern slavery principles as the basis for the discussion.

Further actions planned for 2020 include a third party review of the corrective actions being taken by the service companies and a resourcing review including appointment by bp of a dedicated modern slavery and labour rights resource for the country.