Sustainable Development Initiatives

We seek to have a positive impact on society and the local economy and try to build sustainable and positive relationships with the communities in which we operate

Success of our projects in the Caspian, in part, depends on our ability to create tangible benefits from our presence for the people of the countries where we operate. To achieve this, we continue to carry out major sustainable development initiatives, which include educational programmes, building skills and capabilities in local communities, improving access to social infrastructure in communities, supporting local enterprises through provision of access to finance and training, as well as technical assistance to public institutions. 

We want our impact on society to be a positive one, supported by open dialogue with our stakeholders and leading to sustainable enterprise and community development.

Supporting local suppliers

We are supporting targeted capability development in Azerbaijan’s business sector to help build a sustainable local supply chain for the Caspian region

Enterprise Development and Training Programme

196 local companies have fully completed the programme

Over $632.76 million worth of contracts with local companies

383.05 million worth of contracts with BP in Azerbaijan and its co-venturers

The enterprise development and training programme - EDTP was launched in 2007. This initiative offers local businesses a straightforward way of learning more about the standards required to become part of an international supplier network.

It is a multi-million dollar project that has been successfully running with over 1,863   local small and medium-size enterprises already trained or benefited from it. Of these 196  local companies have fully completed the programme and many of them have been specifically successful winning to date some $383.05 million  worth of BP contracts. 

Find out more about EDTP 

Meet the Buyer

Meet the Buyer event was specifically designed to provide an opportunity for local companies to present their products and services to potential buyers, create opportunities for those Small and Meduim Enterprises that normally find it difficult to make their way through big companies. On the other hand, this event presented a chance to buyers as well - here they could check the pulse of the local market and find out what is available.  The last Meet the  Buyer  event was held in June 2014 as part of twenty first Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition.  

For more information read the press release

Regional Microfinance Program

Project duration: 2006 – 2016

The project is aimed at providing affordable and transparent micro financing opportunities to micro, small and medium entrepreneurs, local farmers and enterprises located along BTC/SCP pipelines with objective to increase their competitiveness. Target areas include Tovuz, Shemkir, Goranboi and Yevlakh districts.The project is managed by EBRD and implemented via its local partner Bank Respublika.

During 2006-2016 127 loans ($703,899)  were issued in Shamkir, Yevlakh, Goranboy and Yevlakh districts. 107 were males and 20 females. 61 loans will be used in agricultural, 8 in service and 58 in trading activities.

Capacity building

We believe in supporting activities that strengthen the skills and abilities of people and community groups to take effective action in the development of their communities

Pre-school education and female entrepreneurship

Total budget: $226,224

280 beneficiaries

The project was designed to provide an access to school preparation programs, improvement quality of services of rural public kindergartens, improvement quality of implementation of new national curriculum for primary education in local primary schools and create self-employment and income-generating opportunities for local women.

The project which  started in October 2012 lasted  till March 2014.   

Within the project framework, 25 teachers working for local public kindergartens and primary schools were provided with the child-centred pre-school methodology and step-by-step training. A study on asset mapping was conducted with the main goal to identify skills, capacities and expertise of women for further development of women entrepreneurship in three communities of Shamkir region.

Four unemployed teachers have been selected and became project staff members responsible for conducting pre-school trainings for 5 – 6 year old children from communities. The project began in 2012

Youth Business Leadership project

Total budget: $200,000. BP and coventurers' investment: $100,000. USAID investment: $100,000

Youth Business Leadership was a two-year project.The goal of the project was to empower young students to become future business leaders. It was met through three objectives. These objectives were: to provide real world employment opportunities to young people, to develop their business skills beyond the classroom, and to provide them with role models who can offer advice and guidance in developing their careers.

The project lasted from December 2012 to September 2014.

For more  information read the press release

Local Governance and Environmental Programme

Total budget: $460,000. BP and coventurers' investment: $200,000

Beneficiaries: Youth living in nine communities along BTC/SCP

In nine municipalities along the Azerbaijan section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and South Caucasus pipelines, a BP-supported programme was carried out in support of local governance, youth capacity-building and environmental initiative. The project started in December 2011 and ended in April 2013. 

For more information read the press release

Centre of Entrepreneurship for Empowering Youth

Total budget: $99,000

600 beneficiaries

With the aim to support the youth in regions BP launched “Centre of Entrepreneurship for Empowering Youth” project. Within the project framework we gave a scholarship for technical vocational disciplines and up to 600 students acquired skills in welding, computer technology, computer repair, accounting with a view to obtaining employment or starting their own small business.

The  project was launched  in December 2010 and  lasted  till June 2012.  

For more information read the press release

Economic Capacity Building for Youth

Total budget: $500,000

10,078 beneficiaries

Another community initiative called “Economic capacity building” for youth aimed to improve the skills and entrepreneurial capacities of young people in 30 communities in five western districts of Azerbaijan along the BTC/SCP route - Goranboy, Samukh, Shamkir, Tovuz and Agstafa and three communities in the Garadagh district of Baku – Umid, Sangachal and Sahil. Within the project framework 219 youth were involved in the apprenticeship courses (welder and cutter, IT engineer, carpenter, air-conditioner repair and installation, car-motor repair/car-electrician, metal and plastic doors and windows and etc.) and 117 out of 219 youth found full time jobs.

The project ended  in June 2012.

For more information read the press release

Expansion of Economic Opportunities Program

Total budget: $326,000

50,805 beneficiaries

The goal of the project launched in October 2009 was to create better environment for entrepreneurs to build sustainable business development and to support unemployed youth in finding employment opportunities in the three districts along the pipelines. The project ended in May 2011.
  • Eight entities developed their capacities to sustain, develop and manage their businesses
  • 25 business ideas (plans) developed, 13 of them were supported
  • 44 youths enhanced their business knowledge and capacities and 42 had successfully graduated from the apprenticeship courses
  • 14 were supported via JSEP grants to set-up their own businesses

Advisory Services on Macroeconomic Management and Institutional Reform (ASMMIR)

Total budget: $1,000,000

The purpose of the ASMMIR was to enhance economic planning processes with technically sound policy advice and strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Economic Development (MoED) for macroeconomic analysis, policy formulation, and economic management.
The project activities included assisting the ministry in delivering economic policy objectives, particularly in creating a stable macroeconomic environment with well-established policies and effective regulatory frameworks enabling economic growth.

The project lasted from September 2008 – till January 2012.

For more information read the press release

Provision of community based support to dairy producers

Total budget: $332,329

17,429 beneficiaries

BP and its co-venturers’ projects that started in 2010 provided community-based support to dairy producers to improve quality dairy production of small/medium sized farmers and promote regional collection centre linkages to commercial processors using a community based approach along BTC/SCP in Azerbaijan. The project ended in December 2012.    

Supporting the establishment of Effective Migration Management in Azerbaijan

Project duration: April 2015 – February 2018

The aim of the project is to support in transition of international best practices in facilitating the efficient implementation of migration strategies, policies and legislation through capacity building and technical assistance.
The beneficiaries of the project are the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, as well as other relevant State agencies including the State Border Service.  

IT Essentials Course – vocational training

Project duration: October 2015 – January 2016

The overall goal of the project is to support capacity-building activities providing non-agricultural skills for community members that will increase their opportunities for income generation and employment.
The CISCO IT Essentials Course – implemented through Qafqaz University is offered in Azerbaijani and covers fundamental computer and career skills for entry-level IT jobs. Fifty Garadagh community members will gain valuable skills and practical experience upon the completion of a three-month course. Topics covered in this course include laptops and portable devices, wireless connectivity, security, safety and environmental issues and communication skills. Depending on the success of this project, it is anticipated that its scope will be expanded to other Project-affected communities in 2016

Community Awareness Sessions on Tuberculosis

Project duration: November 2015 – January 2016

Eleven community awareness sessions on Tuberculosis are implemented jointly with AGTR’s Health team and delivered by the ISOS and State Lung Institute in the communities of Hajigabul, Kurdamir and Ujar.
The sessions reached out to nearly 300 community members through information sessions as well as posters and information leaflets in order to promote awareness on Tuberculosis and its prevention and treatment. The overall goal of the sessions was to address the relevant ESIA commitment and the recommendation identified in the Community Needs Assessment and continued sessions will be delivered in other project-affected communities throughout Azerbaijan

Education initiatives

Our involvement in education is diverse and wide-ranging – and guided by our goal of building capability to support the oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan. BP and its co-venturers help to fund a range of educational programmes, from early years learning to advanced university research, aimed at building the skills and capability that our industry will need in the future

The School of Project Management (SPM)

Total budget: more than $2 million

Beneficiaries: 300 SPM graduates

SPM offers top to middle managers of local companies, as well as the representatives of government and non-government sectors, a training curriculum delivered by world class instructors and comprising of seven modules.

To date SPM has had four highly successful graduations with a total number of over 300 representatives of private and public sector organizations trained using globally-recognized project management training curriculum. Of the total of 312 graduates  who received Associates Certificates from the George Washington University, 278 also qualified for Masters Certificates. 

Altogether, BP and its co-ventures’ financial investment in the SPM had reached more than $2 million. 

For more information read the press release

Oil and Gas Scholarship programme

Total budget: since 2010 more than $700,000

Beneficiaries: More than 240 graduates and undergraduates are supported

BP and its co-venturers have been funding oil and gas scholarships since 2002. The programme enables Azerbaijani students to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in engineering and geosciences at universities in Turkey and Azerbaijan.

In 2014, the value of the scholarships provided was about $692,000, including $153,000 allocated for the new scholarship recipients. 

For more information read the press release

For more information please see the scholarship page

Caspian Energy Centre

The centre opened in 2005 tells the story of Caspian oil and gas through computer graphics – including exhibits on the future of oil and gas in the region and the socioeconomic benefits of its BP-operated oil and gas projects. Since its opening  CEC hosted over 45 000 visitors. School and university students were frequent visitors of the centre. School teachers who continued their studies in the  Institute of Teachers' Improvement visited the centre to learn about the exhibits and included visits of their students to the centre into school curricula.
BP has collaborated with the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the United States to develop new alternative energy exhibits at the centre, highlighting solar, wind and biomass energy projects.

PCs4KIDs – Support to pre-school and primary education

The purpose of the project is to create opportunities for primary and pre-school children to develop their cognitive skills, such as active listening and creative thinking through the use of special computer software during their classes. This project is implemented by PCs4KIDs which is a non-profit organisation registered in the Netherlands with a mission to collect used computers from individuals, companies and organisations, install special operational systems including movies, programmes and games that ultimately benefit disadvantaged kids in kindergartens, orphanages, children's boarding homes, shelters and IDP settlements.

To date, 200 desktop computers disposed by BP have been collected and reinstalled with the educational software developed by PCs4KIDs. The volunteers of the PCs4KIDs have completed installing 200 full sets of PCs to be distributed to the pre-school and primary education institutions located along the BP pipeline-affected communities (PACs). In the first half of 2015 BP distributed 91 computer sets to eight kindergartens located in the pipeline-affected communities in Garadagh, Hajigabul and Kurdamir districts. It is expected that 500 children attending these kindergartens in Garadagh, Hajigabul and Kurdamir will benefit from this project.

Vocational training for communities

Total budget: $624,000

In September 2014, BP on behalf of its co-venturers signed an agreement to support the training of the national workforce with the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR). As part of this agreement, together with our co-venturers we cover vocational training of 79 young individuals selected from the settlements of the Garadagh district, close to the Sangachal terminal. They are trained at SOCAR’s Gobustan regional training center to become qualified technicians.
In November 2015, BP Azerbaijan jointly with SOCAR hosted a graduation ceremony at SOCAR’s Gobustan Regional Training Centre for the graduates of the Vocational Training Services project. The project had a total budget of more than $624,000.

Environmental initiatives

Caspian Environmental Information Centre

Total budget: $150,000

Beneficiaries: Caspian Littoral States

BP and co-venturers` environmental project designed in the framework of the Caspian Environmental Programme to establish an online environmental database - a web based Caspian Environmental Information Centre. The site is currently available at and is used as a centralized hub for information on the Caspian environment and as a promotional tool for sustainable development and environmental activities in the region. 

For more information read the press release

Cultural heritage

Cultural Heritage Programme

Total budget: more than $1 million

Beneficiaries: Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve, the Azerbaijan Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography and Georgia National Museum

A cultural heritage programme along the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey pipeline corridor was supported by BP and its co-venturers in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) and implemented by the US-based Smithsonian Institution. The programme consisted of two parts: the public outreach and capacity building 
The public outreach component of the programme consisted of the following components:
  • publication of book on the cultural heritage programme and on the artefacts discovered in the three countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey) along the BTC/SCP route
  • a temporary exhibition on facts and artefacts discovered along the route in the Caspian Energy Centre at Sangachal terminal
  • creation of a BTC/SCP cultural heritage website as means for public outreach.
  • an international conference on topics relating to the interpretation of cultural heritage discoveries along the BTC/SCP pipelines corridor
  • completion of the final phase of the BTC/SCP cultural heritage programme on technical reporting and analysis
The capacity building component of the programme was implemented via a number of activities including internships, training, workshops, and lectures for the staff of Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve, the Azerbaijan Institute of Archaeology and the Ethnography and Georgia National Museum.

For more information read the press release


Social Infrastructure Development

Project duration: November 2015 - January 2016

In line with the needs identified in the Community Needs Assessment conducted in 2015, the three social infrastructure projects aim to support the improvement of local infrastructures in the selected Project-affected communities in Goranboy. The projects implemented include the renovation of a water system in Gazanbulag village, improvement of the infrastructure around a primary school in Irevanli village and the construction of a crossing in Boluslu.