BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley has stepped up his battle to rebuild the troubled oil giant’s reputation, declaring safety is so core to the group that it would be the sole measure for staff bonuses in the last quarter of this year.
Dudley needs to restore investor confidence in the oil group following its Gulf of Mexico oil spill and other disasters in recent years, and to fend off threats to BP's ability to operate in the United States.
Some US lawmakers have argued the oil spill, a refinery blast in 2005, and Alaskan oil spills in 2006, reflect a corporate culture that encouraged managers to put profits before safety.
Dudley disputes this claim and to emphasise BP's comittment to safety he told staff in an email, seen by Reuters, that:
"The sole criterion for performance reward for our operating businesses in the fourth quarter of 2010 will be performance in safety, compliance, silent running and operational risk management".
“We are taking this step in order to be absolutely clear that safety, compliance and operational risk management is BP's number one priority, well ahead of all other priorities,” he said.