BP and ClientEarth
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance concerning the alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines.
Theme(s)General policies, Environment, Consumer interests
Date3 Dec 2019
Host country(ies)United Kingdom
Industry sectorMining and quarrying
StatusNot accepted

Read the final statement issued by the UK NCP – 16 June 2020

In December 2019, the UK NCP received a specific instance from ClientEarth concerning BP, an oil and gas company incorporated in the UK. ClientEarth claimed that BP's advertising campaigns did not observe the general policies and environment chapters of the Guidelines. Client Earth alleged that the campaigns were misleading in the way that BP’s low-carbon energy activities were presented. The UK NCP undertook its initial assessment and concluded in its final statement  that the complaint did not merit further examination as the advertising campaigns which were the subject of the submission finished in February 2020 and that a further examination would not contribute to the purposes or effectiveness of the Guidelines. 

The initial assessment does not determine whether the company has or has not acted consistently with the Guidelines.