Our approach to human rights

Respect - one of BP’s values - underpins how we interact with all those affected by our operations

We respect internationally recognized human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. These include the rights of our workforce and those living in communities affected by our activities.

We set out our commitments in our human rights policy and our code of conduct. Our operating management system (OMS) contains guidance on respecting the rights of workers and community members.

We are working towards alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by implementing our human rights policy. Our focus is on identifying and addressing human rights risks, including those associated with the recruitment and living conditions of contracted workforces on our sites, and on enhancing community grievance mechanisms and channels for workforces to raise their concerns.

We seek to prevent any potential negative impacts of our operations on the livelihoods, land, environment, culture, health and wellbeing of people in communities near our activities, including indigenous peoples. We aim to minimize and mitigate any unavoidable impacts. We screen our major projects to identify and manage potential impacts, including human rights.

Raising concerns

We encourage employees, contractors, communities and other third parties to speak up if they see something they feel to be potentially unsafe, unethical or harmful. Grievances can be lodged through our confidential helpline, OpenTalk or our community complaints systems.

Where we identify that we have caused or directly contributed to adverse impacts on the human rights of others, we commit to provide for or co-operate to remedy these impacts.

Conflict minerals

We have no reason to believe that any gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum necessary to the functionality or production of our products may have originated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries for products manufactured in the calendar year 2016. We have confirmed this in our filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

BP and human rights - our journey

BP has a long history of seeking to conduct our business in a manner that respects human rights. Here are some of our efforts from 2000 onwards:


  • BP is a founding member of the UN Global Compact and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.


  • BP sets up the Tangguh Independent Advisory Panel to monitor our LNG project in Indonesia, assessing impacts on indigenous people as well as security and human rights.


  • BP establishes the Caspian Development Advisory Panel to provide independent advice on our management of human rights and other issues during construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.


  • BP publishes group-wide guidance on human rights.


  • BP integrates major project requirements to screen for potential impacts on workforce welfare and to consult with indigenous peoples into our OMS.


  • Independent human rights experts review alignment of BP’s policies and practices with the UN Guiding Principles. They highlight that OMS is a good foundation and provide recommendations for further improvement.


  • BP creates a formal governance structure for managing human rights issues and an action plan for implementing relevant sections of the UN Guiding Principles.


  • BP begins training employees and leadership teams on our newly launched human rights policy.


  • BP integrates human rights considerations into guidance for our mergers and acquisitions teams to use when assessing opportunities.


  • BP incorporates human rights clauses into the standard model contracts we use when we enter into new procurement agreements.


  • BP develops a supplier human rights due diligence process.
  • BP establishes a senior leadership group to look at human rights risks of potential group significance.
  • BP includes human rights in impact assessment requirements for projects.

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