The gender balance across BP as a whole is steadily improving, with women representing 34% of BP’s population, compared with 33% in 2016 and 32% the year before. We’re working to improve these numbers further by, for example, developing mentoring, sponsorship and coaching programmes to help more women advance. That said, we still have work to do at the executive and senior levels.
We pay equal pay for like or equal work. We published 2017 data on our gender pay gap in the UK, which shows a difference in overall average pay between male and female employees. This gap is largely due to a higher proportion of men in senior levels of the organization and specific roles, such as offshore work, that attract higher pay, bonuses or allowances. We are taking action to address this disparity.
Many of our jobs rely on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, which historically have attracted more men. To understand why some students – girls and boys – don’t choose STEM subjects, we developed a five-year programme with King’s College London, University College London and the Science Museum. The research informs our work with schools, from employee volunteering to producing STEM-related teaching resources.
We participate in industry mentoring to advance gender diversity
We work closely with universities to attract women into scientific and engineering roles
We support programmes that enable women to resume their careers after a break
We are on track for women to represent a quarter of our most senior managers by 2020
Our goal is for women to represent 30% of board membership by 2020
Our diversity and inclusion policy promotes diversity in our job shortlists and on our interview panels. We provide agile working arrangements where possible to support the flexibility that employees need to manage their work/life balance. We offer support to those returning to work after an extended period of leave.
We are working with our peers to close the gender gap in our industry. As part of the World Economic Forum’s oil and gas group, we jointly agreed to a set of principles to promote the development of women’s careers.