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BP and human rights – our progress

BP has a long history of supporting human rights principles and conducting business in a manner that respects human rights

Our progress – from 2000 to 2017

Human rights progress – 2000 – graphic



BP is a founding member of the UN Global Compact and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.




BP sets up the Tangguh Independent Advisory Panel to monitor the impact of our liquefied natural gas project in Indonesia on indigenous people, security and human rights. We also commission the first human rights impact assessment in our industry.

Human rights progress – 2003 – graphic



BP establishes the Caspian Development Advisory Panel to provide independent advice on our management of human rights and other issues during construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.




BP publishes group-wide guidance on human rights.




BP integrates major project requirements to screen for potential impacts on workforce welfare and to consult with indigenous peoples into our operating management system.

Human rights progress – 2011 – graphic



Independent human rights experts review alignment of BP’s policies and practices with the UN Guiding Principles. They highlight that our operating management system is a good foundation and provide recommendations for further improvement.

Human rights progress – 2012 – graphic



BP creates a formal governance structure for managing human rights issues and an action plan for aligning our business processes with the UN Guiding Principles.




BP launches its human rights policy and begins training employees and leadership teams.




BP integrates human rights considerations into guidance for our mergers and acquisitions teams to use when assessing opportunities.




BP incorporates human rights clauses into the standard model contracts we use for new agreements with suppliers.

Human rights progress – 2016 – graphic



  • BP develops a due diligence process to assess the human rights practices of our suppliers.
  • BP includes human rights in impact assessment requirements for certain projects.
  • BP begins a systematic review of the risk of modern slavery in our businesses and supply chain.




  • BP publishes our expectations of suppliers on the way they do business with and for BP, including respect for human rights.
  • BP develops guidance and screening tools for businesses to use in assessing modern slavery risk.
  • BP delivers additional human rights training specifically on modern slavery.