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Our supplier programmes

bp recognizes that having a range of different approaches helps us get the best from our suppliers. To deliver on our net zero ambition and aims, we are developing a range of programmes to support our suppliers in building new skills and capabilities that align with our purpose

Our new sustainability frame, which underpins our strategy, puts our purpose into action. It takes an integrated approach while focusing on the areas where we believe we can make the most difference. Our ambition is supported by 20 aims

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Aim 20 focuses specifically on developing a more sustainable supply chain and bp wants to work with suppliers who strive for sustainability in their supply chain.

We plan to work with key suppliers to embed sustainable practices, focusing on reducing greenhouse gas ‎emissions and increasing the circularity of what we buy.‎ We have already made progress, such as initiating collaborative sessions with key suppliers to identify opportunities to jointly improve sustainability, and plan to advance these ideas further in 2021 and beyond.

 We believe developing capabilities in sustainability is critical for the journey. We intend to do this by setting up sustainable development programmes for both our staff and suppliers. These programmes will help us collectively develop sustainability skills, leverage innovation opportunities, share good practice and learn from each other.

We intend to collaborate more with our suppliers to generate ideas to make our supply chains more sustainable. 

Case study – Castrol Asia Pacific activity

Castrol AsPac has a CO2 intensive, roadbased transport operation, moving product from manufacturing plant to warehouse and warehouse on to our customers. Following an extensive review of the operations, the logistics purchasing team identified opportunities with a new supplier, to migrate a significant amount of product movement from road to waterways in China and road to rail in Australia. This change will lead to an annual CO2 emission reduction of approximately 4.8kT in China and 1.5kT in Australia in the Castrol supply chain.

Local content


bp is committed to meeting local content requirements where we operate, which means sourcing materials and labour in line with local guidelines. We develop local market capabilities and capacity to ensure that we contribute to the local population and economy

Operators carrying out decommissioning and deconstruction activities of the Extended Well Test (EWT) facility in Block 61 in Oman
MODUS is an Omani SME which manufactures drill bits in-house. We signed a contract with MODUS to use its 17 ¼” drill bit on Block 61. We then worked with the company, via a vendor development programme, to help it develop a competitive 12¼” drill bit and provide technical support through bp’s global team. The final agreed design was manufactured in MODUS Rusayl facility.
In Azerbaijan we support local capacity-building and enterprise development. In 2020 63 new companies enrolled in our Enterprise Development Programme and 17 companies graduated from it. The aim is to support local business development, the local economy, and increase the proportion of local content in our contracts. We also completed a three year ‘Sweet Gold’ programme to support local communities with bee-keeping and small-scale farming. As part of this project, 530 beneficiaries were trained and over 100,000 nectar trees for bee-breeding were planted.
Safety checks, Azerbaijan
Walking through Block 61
We’re supporting Abraj Energy Services to become a global market leader in providing well stimulation services and compete with multinational companies in the Middle East and beyond. In 2020, Abraj successfully completed its first well stimulation in Block 61, marking a significant milestone in our relationship with the Omani well services contractor. The well, located in the Ghazeer field, also represents one of the largest stimulations completed by Abraj.
Supplier diversity

In 2020, bp launched its US and global DE&I framework for action of which supplier diversity is a key enabler. Supplier diversity is also part of aim 14, to support greater equity

bp currently has an extensive local supplier diversity programme in the US. We are expanding these initiatives globally, starting with a launch in the UK.