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Greater equity

Our aim 14 is greater diversity, equity and inclusion for our workforce and customers, and to increase supplier diversity spend to $1 billion

We want our workforce and customers to experience greater equity – fair treatment according to everyone’s different needs and situations – while also helping our partners in the bp ‘ecosystem’ do the same. We aim to do this by improving workforce diversity and workplace inclusion, making customer experiences more inclusive and increasing our annual expenditure with diverse suppliers, including female, and underrepresented or minority groups to $1 billion by 2025.

How we understand equity

Equity and equality are sometimes used interchangeably but do not mean the same thing. Equality ‎generally focuses on everyone being treated the same way; equity means fair treatment according to ‎each individual’s different needs and situation. Equity focuses on what people need to achieve fair ‎outcomes for all.‎

We aim to achieve equitable – or fair – outcomes for our employees. We can do this, for example, by ‎providing them the support and resources they need to succeed.‎

How we will meet our aim

Promoting equity and inclusion goes beyond respect for human rights, worker rights and non-‎discrimination. It involves finding ways to achieve a more diverse and inclusive bp while also helping to ‎address structural disadvantages and inequality in economic opportunity and participation.‎

We are aiming to deliver inclusive employee and customer experiences through our D&I activities. We ‎will still operate as one global workforce but intend to progress our DE&I agenda locally as well. Our ‎leaders are vital in instilling an inclusive culture by showing their support and providing strategic ‎direction for employees to follow.‎

We also want to make sure that our mobility and convenience customers have an inclusive experience ‎when they refuel or shop with us. We aim to double our expenditure with diverse suppliers – those from ‎traditionally underrepresented or minority groups – by the end of 2023 and to reach $1 billion annual ‎expenditure with these groups by the end of 2025.

Reporting on Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)

We aim to be recognized by our stakeholders as an industry leader for the ‎transparency of our reporting. And by publishing our first DE&I report, we are taking ‎an important step towards greater transparency about the diversity within bp and the ‎action we are taking to improve it.

We know we have more work to do and we don’t have all the answers, but we’re ‎serious about investing in the resources needed to get this right.


What’s in our report



  • Our DE&I ambition
  • How DE&I fits within our sustainability frame
  • How we are putting DE&I into action through our global, UK and US frameworks ‎for action
  • The way DE&I is governed in bp and how our business resource groups are ‎delivering our priorities
  • Our gender and ethnicity data by grade, including the board and leadership teams.
Progressing DE&I in 2021


  • Global framework for action put in place to advance DE&I in our regions and businesses
  • Global DE&I scorecard rolled out across bp and all our businesses advised to include a DE&I objective in employee performance expectations
  • Self ID launched – enabling employees to voluntarily share their gender identity, pronoun preference and military status
  • Leadership Inclusion for Talent (LIFT) launched to support the progression of Black and African American colleagues into senior leadership roles
  • Race for Equity mandatory racial equity and inclusion programme rolled out in the US and UK for bp leaders and we intend to extend it to all employees over the next two years.


  • Appointed around 170 employees from across bp to champion more accessible and inclusive customer experiences
  • Mystery shopping exercises at bp retail sites to test LGBT+ inclusion, through our bp Pride network
  • Working with Fuel Service so that UK customers with physical disabilities can call or message ahead to arrange assistance at bp retail sites.

Suppliers and partners

  • Our preferred diverse supplier list grew from 280 to 370
  • Global definition of supplier diversity introduced with plans for regional leaders to become supplier diversity advocate
  • Developing supplier diversity strategies for the UK, Canada, China, Brazil, South Africa and Australia.