We believe everyone deserves to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity. At bp we strive to go about our business in a responsible way, respecting the human rights of our workers and everyone we come into contact with. Our human rights policy and code of conduct help us ensure we are doing that.
Originally published in 2013, we updated our human rights policy in 2020 to address emerging human rights issues relevant to our industry; clarify our human rights commitments; and communicate how bp’s approach to managing human rights impacts has advanced. The revised policy sets out how other, relevant bp expectations and principles – such as those on labour rights and modern slavery – underpin our human rights commitments and describes how we manage human rights impacts across our operations.
This update also reflects our continued commitment to greater public transparency around our activities and wider societal engagement. In carrying out this update, we spoke with a wide range of external organizations including NGOs, academics and investors, to understand their expectations of us. We strongly believe that this type of open collaboration – and challenge – is important to help us continue to push for improvements and make a positive and sustainable difference to people’s lives.
The policy states that we will obtain independent third-party assessments of selected sites and business activities’ conformance with it, on a risk-prioritized basis. These assessments are now underway.
Our updated policy provides more clarity around our previous commitments to respect human rights, for example:
The updated policy also covers important human rights issues including water rights, land rights, grievance mechanisms and protections for freedom of speech, including for human rights defenders. For example: