Security and human rights

BP works to protect our people and facilities in a manner that respects human rights

Providing security for our assets around the world can be complex, especially in locations where there is a higher likelihood of conflict or violent crime. We engage with the security forces that protect our facilities to help them understand and respect the human rights of our workforce and people living in communities near our operations.

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

We are a signatory to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which provide a framework for companies to assess whether human rights issues are likely to occur as a result of security activities within local operations, and to allow appropriate precautionary steps to be taken.

Employees accountable for assessing and managing security receive guidance to help them understand BP’s approach to implementing the Voluntary Principles.

This includes the mechanisms we use to identify and mitigate potential issues, our interaction with public security forces and private security providers, and progress evaluation.

We periodically conduct internal assessments to identify areas where we can improve implementation. For example, a 2016 review of our Tangguh LNG facility in Indonesia identified some training gaps, which we addressed by recruiting a security training lead for the region in 2017.

We provide details of our progress on security and human rights issues in an annual report to the Voluntary Principles plenary.

To share and promote best practice, we work with governments, other companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), whether or not they participate in the Voluntary Principles. For example, we have been working with NGO International Alert to update their guidance for extractive businesses on operating in conflict-affected environments.

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