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Policy and advocacy

Our aims 6 and 8 focus on more actively advocating for policies that support net zero and aligning our relationships with trade associations and setting new expectations for our relationships with trade associations
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Advocacy and lobbying

Aim 6: advocating

We have publicly stated our aim to more actively advocate for policies that will support net zero, including carbon pricing.

 

We co-operate and engage with governments, regulators and legislators in the development of proposed policies relevant to our business. These policies can affect us in a wide range of areas – from tax and employment issues to safety or the energy transition. This co-operation and engagement may include direct lobbying on specific policy proposals by our own employees, through broader advocacy via research work or supporting think tanks, to communications activities and advertising.


We believe that ambitious climate policies will be essential to enable the world to meet the Paris climate goals, including achieving global net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In our aim 6 we have publicly stated our aim to more actively advocate for policies that will support net zero, including carbon pricing.

 

Our high-level public policy positions

 

In February 2022, the Climate Action 100+ investor initiative issued the Climate  Action 100+ Net Zero Company Benchmark. One of the indicators in the benchmark (Indicator 7) is related to Climate Policy Engagement and specifically to companies’ positions on a number of specific areas of climate policy. In recognition of investor interest in this matter, we set out bp’s high-level public policy positions in response to those specific areas of climate policy in the document below. These do not seek to be comprehensive.

 

Advocacy and lobbying activities in support of net zero

 

We publish examples of advocacy in support of our Aim 6 – to more actively advocate for progressive climate policies that support net zero.

Trade associations

Aim 8: aligning associations

Our aim 8 is to set new expectations for our relationships with trade associations around the globe.

 

We belong to trade associations that offer opportunities to share good practice and collaborate on issues of importance to us, not just policy and advocacy.

 

bp’s voice is one among many, but we work hard to make our case and enlist the support of like-minded companies for progressive climate policies.


In April 2022, we published our second detailed trade associations review.


We published our first detailed trade associations review in 2020. As a result of this review, we left three associations that we deemed to be not aligned with our views on climate, and our CEO wrote to the others in scope to explain our support of the Paris Agreement, our net zero ambition and our support for transparency. We followed up in 2021, when we published an update on the progress made by five trade associations that we found to be only partially aligned in our 2020 report.

Political donations

We prohibit the use of bp funds or resources to support any political candidate or party. We recognize the rights of our employees to participate in the political process and these rights are governed by the applicable laws in the countries where we operate. Our stance on political activity is defined in our code of conduct.


In the US we provide administrative support for the bp employee political action committee (PAC), which is a non-partisan committee that encourages voluntary employee participation in the political process. All bp employee PAC contributions are reviewed for compliance with federal and state law and are publicly reported in accordance with US election laws.


The bp employee political action committee has paused all contributions for six months as of January 2021 and we expect to restart them in 2022. During this time the PAC re-evaluated its criteria for candidate support.