Working responsibly

Contractors and suppliers

Strong relationships with our contractors, suppliers and partners are vital to our success. We seek to work with others who comply with legal requirements and act in line with our expectations, including those who are employed along the supply chain and the third parties who work on our sites.

Using contractors

Contractors comprise a significant proportion of our workforce, so our relationships with them are fundamental. We continue to rely on high-quality and competitively priced suppliers to provide much of the expertise, equipment and services needed to maintain our operational capability.

Assessing contracting services

Our rigorous contractor and supplier selection process assesses competency levels and management systems. At the tender stage, all potential contractors are provided with our Code of Ethics and they must agree to follow its requirements before working with us.

Contractors are assessed at the tendering stage for pre-activity readiness, and subsequently monitored and engaged during operations.

For many projects in the UK, we use the Achilles First Point Assessment Limited (FPAL) platform to identify and assess potential contractors across the European oil and gas market. We also helped to develop a similar system in Senegal through Invest in Africa (IIA).

Read a case study about IIA in our Corporate Responsibility (CR) report

Using local suppliers

During exploration and appraisal activities, we often use contractors from international service companies. However, we continue to promote and use local service providers wherever we can, providing our high CR standards are met. Our stakeholders continue to have a significant interest in opportunities for local contracting services, which we know depends on available skills. Where locations have limited experience in oil and gas activities, it is important to build capacity in situ.