Society

We believe that societies and communities where we work should benefit from our presence

BP’s projects and operations have the potential to positively impact local communities by creating jobs, generating tax revenues, providing opportunities for local suppliers and supporting community development initiatives. 

We work with governments, non-governmental organizations and international agencies to foster good governance in the countries where we operate, focusing on improving transparency and eliminating corruption BP believes in consulting with communities throughout the life cycle of projects and operations. 

Our ability to operate safely and continuously depends not only on obtaining the necessary official permits from the authorities, but also on the informal permission or social licence to operate that communities in the surrounding area can choose to give or withhold. 

BP’s activities have the potential to impact communities positively and negatively. Projects that are subject to our environmental and social practices are required to conduct impact assessments. We consult with communities about potential environmental and socio-economic impacts and develop plans to manage these.

Angola

We support social investment initiatives that strengthen the capabilities of Angola’s people and institutions

Our social investment strategy

BP is committed to building a safe and reliable operating company in Angola that contributes to the social and economic development of the country. We engage with stakeholders such as community and church leaders, the Angolan government, non-governmental organizations, academics and aim to form strategic partnerships that generate mutually beneficial outcomes. We and our partners contribute to projects that help to build local capability. Education and enterprise development are critical for economic growth, social development, poverty reduction and social integration, while health, safety and environment are important elements in the sustainable development of the country. We therefore support a number of projects and initiatives in these areas, in partnership with government, local communities and institutions. We make sure that our support is aligned with our business objectives and complements government programmes while meeting community needs. We are mindful too, that our stakeholders want us to support projects that  help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight initiatives to tackle global challenges such as poverty, hunger and disease. 

Investing in people

A common theme across our social programmes is investment in people. We seek to promote education and build capability at various levels, to develop human resources, enhance the capability of local companies, and promote institutional and social development. This also includes initiatives to reduce poverty, promote social inclusion and environmental conservation. This approach aims to get local people and businesses more closely involved with our business activities, helping to develop their skills and experience. Social and economic development and stability in Angola are important factors for our shareholders and our continuing business success. We also make sure that we carry out social projects in rural areas away from our operational activities, where social and economic challenges are more severe. Our civil society stakeholders have told us that addressing challenges outside the capital city is an important concern. 

Our partnership approach

We work in partnership with NGOs and local people with the goal of making the projects we support efficient, sustainable and valuable to the community. We seek alignment with government strategy and community priorities and involve stakeholders in our plans. We provide funding, expertise and partnerships to make the most significant impact we can. We work with NGOs, local institutions and people who develop and implement project proposals based on their knowledge of government strategy, community needs and social development expertise. We couple their views with our insight into government strategy and community concerns as well as our business objectives. We pay special attention to developing the human and institutional capability of the organizations we work with. We seek to ensure the potential beneficiaries of our projects are directly involved so that they have a stake and a role in making the projects work. This participative approach encourages the engagement of various stakeholders, such as implementing partners, beneficiaries, government, academia, religious organizations, NGOs and the private sector. Projects financed by BP within our portfolio are identified and drawn up by implementing partners under framework guidance that we provide. The process involves a direct relationship between all parties in which BP evaluates the proposals and provides support to set goals and performance indicators. 

Our social projects

Over the past decade, BP has invested millions of dollars in social initiatives to support the development of Angolan communities. In 2013, we spent approximately $10 million on community programmes.This is in addition to the employee benefits and wages that we pay, and the taxes we pay to government

South Africa

CSI strategy and projects

Our new CSI Strategy is aligned to our business and the socio-economic developmental priorities/ goals of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region. The following are the key focus areas that underpin the strategy: 

- Industry Skills Development
- Rural Economic Development
- Social Investment and Innovation

Our CSI programme is based on partnering with organisations that share our ideals and value. This strategic approach allows us to share our skills and resources with other institutions in win-win undertakings that multiply everyone’s inputs. 

The programme is implemented in three ways: 

- Corporate projects – these projects are selected, funded, coordinated and managed by the head office
- Dealer Matching projects – these are selected, coordinated and managed by the dealer, but funded by both the dealer and the head office
- Employee Matching Projects – these are selected and supported by BP employees, and the employees’ efforts are matched (in the form of funds) by the BP Foundation 

Industry Skills Development

Industry Skills Development is a major component of our overall CSI programme, because we believe in empowering communities by providing the necessary skills that will enable them to “fish” for themselves rather than us providing fish for them.

Rural Economic Development

With limited energy sources and high unemployment rates in rural areas, there is a great need to create alternative energy and employment opportunities for rural communities. 

Social Investment & Innovation

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