We believe transparent reporting about our tax payments can enable more meaningful engagement about the energy transition with our stakeholders. We can begin to help them assess the financial resources available and the potential tax implications of a government’s strategic and energy policy decisions related to this transition.
We’re committed to:
Our purpose and our code of conduct inform the responsible approach we take to managing our taxes.
Comprises the taxes we paid and collected on our global operations in 2020
Includes corporate income taxes on profits, as well as other direct and indirect taxes levied on our activities.
Includes amounts that we have collected on behalf on others – for example, our customers, supplers and employees – and paid to governments.
Our second tax report builds on our longstanding practice of disclosing information on tax, going beyond our statutory obligations. To help us improve on our 2019 report, we listened to feedback from our stakeholders and worked with expert individuals and groups to ensure the information we provide about our tax matters is useful, improves understanding of our activities and deepens trust in bp.
In response to stakeholder feedback on our 2019 report we have:
The B Team has set out seven principles that offer a clear framework for responsible tax practice. We have adopted them all.
Tax is a core part of corporate responsibility and governance and is overseen by our board of directors.
We comply with the tax legislation of the countries in which we operate and pay the right amount of tax at the right time, in the countries where we create value.
We will only use business structures that are driven by commercial considerations, are aligned with business activity and which have genuine substance. We do not seek abusive tax results.
We seek, wherever possible, to develop co-operative relationships with tax authorities, based on mutual respect, transparency and trust.
Where we claim tax incentives offered by government authorities, we seek to ensure that they are transparent and consistent with statutory or regulatory frameworks.
We engage constructively in national and international dialogue with governments, business groups and civil society to support the development of effective tax systems, legislation and administration.
We provide regular information to our stakeholders, including investors, policy makers, employees, civil society and the general public, about our approach to tax and taxes paid.
bp’s total tax contribution for 2020 was $34.8 billion. This comprises the taxes we paid and collected on our global operations.
We had operations in 72 countries in 2020. More than 96% of the total taxes we paid and 92% of total taxes we collected arose in our major countries of operation.
Details of our business activities and our total tax contribution in the countries in which we operate can be seen in the clickable map below. Our full country analysis is contained in our tax report 2020.
We publish data from our OECD country by country report, which is focused on corporate taxes and contains financial data for all countries where we have a taxable presence, including our corporate income tax payments.
Although we are not formally required to publish this report, after listening to our stakeholders we believe it can help improve their understanding of our activities, deepen their trust in our approach to tax and make useful information more easily accessible.