Carey Mendes

Carey is involved in a number of D&I initiatives and organizations across BP, providing leadership and advocacy for the diversity agenda. These include the Positively Ethnic Network (PEN) and the BP African American network among others. He has helped to organize events that highlighted the importance of Sponsorship for minorities and women,  as well as a BP wide event on the Economics of Diversity. Carey is also involved in the community with organizations like Chicago United and Working in the Schools (WITS).

Imran Sheikh

Imran is the co-chair of a UK wide network that promotes Ethnic Diversity within BP and led a successful drive for transparency of ethnic minority data across the UK entities within BP. Imran is a mentor to numerous individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds. He has ensured his team is diverse from a colour, gender and sexuality perspective, and has championed fun events that promote open dialogue around race and ethnicity but attract and engage all employees. He has made the case for diversity being good for business rather than simply a corporate responsibility at several senior executive meetings, and has helped secure his network a seat at the table of the group’s HR strategy team. He has participated in EMpower’s mentoring programme and has spoken about successful employee affinity groups at an EMpower event. Along with the co-chair of his network, Imran was invited to be on the panel at an ethnicity network event at UBS alongside Dame Fiona Wolf. He is also the executive sponsor for BP’s involvement with the Career Ready charity, which focuses on getting young people from the local communities that businesses are based in ready for the world of work. Being based in Canary Wharf, talent from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is not well represented in local businesses. By championing this effort, Imran has supported internships for 10-15 people per year, with 95% of interns from BAME backgrounds.

Carey Mendes

Carey served as a board member of BP America’s D&I Council and as executive sponsor for two of BP’s employee business resource groups, Energía (Hispanic) and the BP African American Network and is also actively involved in the Positively Ethnic Network (PEN). These organisations empower employees, encourage cultural fluency and drive a focus on D&I. He is also a mentor and sponsor to numerous minority employees to help drive their development. He participates in regular roundtable discussions with employees at all levels to seek feedback on how to be more inclusive. Externally, Carey is active in the community, including representing BP’s and his own passion for diversity and inclusion as a  2017 Chicago United Business Leader of Color. He encourages active BP engagement in diverse local schools, exemplified through their recognition as 2017 Corporation of the Year by Working in the Schools (WITS). He also pioneered a BP partnership with Howard University to encourage recruitment of African American employees.