Doing business with BP

BP Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey (AGT) operates a fair, open and honest procurement process based on competitive sourcing that gives potential suppliers an equal opportunity at the outset of a sourcing exercise.

There are the following important areas within the PSCM key activities that might be of interest to local suppliers:

Supplier registration

Your registration in the local supplier database establishes the interest in doing business. Your capability and suitability for the bid list will be assessed through the BP’s pre-qualification process and the gap assessment conducted by the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) sponsored by BP and co-venturers in Azerbaijan. If you are a company incorporated in Azerbaijan and you are interested in developing your business capacity to work with BP and leading international contractors, please contact  the EDP.

The EDP team will provide necessary guidance. It is also their obligation to update PSCM practitioners regarding the availability of the local suppliers in the market. Necessary information from EDP about the local market players in the relevant business segments is timely provided to the PSCM category teams..

Supplier selection

Where competition exists in the market, competitive tendering is the preferred option for selecting contractors. PSCM is the custodian of this process, coordinating the preparation of the invitation to tender documents with input from technical experts,  developing the evaluation procedure and scoring mechanisms, responding to clarifications and making the award and chairing debriefings. The local content is considered when evaluating the bids along with the technical and commercial considerations.

Supplier development

BP and its co-ventures in Azerbaijan have consistently invested into capacity building programs in Azerbaijan delivering tangible benefits for the local companies. We have launched the Enterprise Development and Training Programme (EDP), which offers local businesses a straightforward way of learning more about the standards required to become part of an international supplier network. For more information on EDP please visit our web page.


As one of the world’s leading companies, we have a responsibility to set high standards: to be, and be seen to be, a business which is committed to integrity.

The BP Code of Conduct - "Our Commitment to Integrity" - stands for a fundamental BP commitment – to comply with all applicable legal requirements and the high ethical standards set out in this code – wherever we operate.

BP’s suppliers play a critically important role in our ability to operate and provide products and services to our customers. That is why we choose suppliers carefully, based on merit, and we seek to do business with suppliers who comply with legal requirements and who act in a manner that is consistent with BP’s commitment to compliance and ethics as outlined in this code.

BP encourages third parties to develop and adhere to their own codes of conduct and supporting business compliance and ethics programmes.

Health, safety and environment

BP’s health, safety and environment aspiration is simply stated;

No Accidents, No Harm to People, No Damage to the Environment.

The realization of this aspiration is every single employee’s responsibility. BP has eight golden rules of safety to provide basic guidance, which all employees should be familiar with.

  • Permit to Work
  • Energy Isolation
  • Ground Disturbance
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Working at Heights
  • Lifting Operation
  • Driving Safety
  • Hot work


Ariba Sourcing is a robust and easy-to-use solution that can be accessed by registered BP Suppliers from any computer connected to the Internet. Suppliers may be invited to participate in an online tender, or “Event”, via an email invitation. Registration of suppliers is initiated by PSCM members; however, Suppliers are encouraged to update their profiles once accessing the system. There is no cost to Suppliers for using the system.

Ariba Sourcing enables PSCM to distribute tenders to BP Suppliers via the system and all communication with Suppliers is conducted through the built-in Message Center. This makes the process of tendering efficient, transparent, and in-line with local compliance and ethics rules.

Some of the benefits for Suppliers include:

  • Efficiency: Bid invitations, including all documentation and communications are conducted online and are received instantly, providing for quicker response times.
  • Transparency: Ariba sourcing enables consistent communication with all suppliers.
  • Lower costs: By participating in online Events, suppliers can streamline processes and reduce costs associated with finding and responding to tenders.
  • Consistency: BP’s requirements are presented to Suppliers in a consistent format based on system templates used by PSCM.
  • New Business: Suppliers can gain exposure to BP’s global supply chain since the system is used by PSCM globally.
  • Security: Supplier submittals are protected by visibility restrictions in the system, allowing only approved personnel to view responses at the appropriate time in the tendering process

Security: Supplier submittals are protected by visibility restrictions in the system, allowing only approved personnel to view responses at the appropriate time in the tendering process.

Public Bid Announcement

A competitive bid announcement means BP (acting in the capacity of the Operating Company) announces publicly that it wishes to purchase goods, works or services from a supplier. 

BP will publish Bid Information Notice for certain upcoming bids throughout the year in the selected categories. Bid Information can be found through Doing Business with BP page that navigates to the relevant EDP page for announcements. Necessary guidance is available on the EDP page. The EDP’s goal is to assist local companies to improve their capability to supply the oil and gas and other industries in Azerbaijan and wider Caspian region together with EDP implementing partner, Ekvita LLC. As a part of EDP, a supplier portal was created for local companies that express their interest in working with BP. The local supplier portal has a bid announcement functionality. 

A bid announcement process is divided into three stages:

1. Bid Announcement (information notice) stage – BP’s demand for selected categories is announced on BP’s website and all suppliers that would like to participate in the bid are invited to express their interests. No formal supplier proposal is required. 

2. Bidding stage – BP’s tender is published in the standard internal sourcing system for the authorized BP PSCM users. The selected bidders are requested to submit a formal proposal. 

3. Award stage – the bids are evaluated, and the winner is selected.

To learn more details about company registration and bid announcement please see the FAQ section of the portal or contact the EDP administrator: 4/189 Hasan Aliyev Str., Falez Plaza, 6th Floor; Baku AZ1078, Azerbaijan; +994 12 596 01 09 | +994 55 399 69 45