Mandhir is the COO for BP’s global lubricants business with more than 6000 employees across the world. BP Lubricants has employees from various different ethnic backgrounds and Mandhir made it one of his top priorities when taking the position as most senior leader in the lubricants business in October 2016 to foster not only gender but also ethnic diversity. In Mandhir’s business area of responsibility over 75% of his leadership team are non-English or from a different ethnic background since he have taken the lead. He strongly believes that role modelling diversity at the top level of the organisation has a reflection into the organisation. He stands for humble leadership combined with credible actions to demonstrate that he truly stands for what he says. Mandhir actively supports recruitment to attract diverse talent early on and his guidance and leadership as chair of the BP Positively Ethnic Network governors’ board in the UK since 2017 has promoted the business case for increasing the representation, inclusion and advancement of UK-based ethnic minorities, as well as supporting ethnic minority employees in the workplace. Mandhir has hosted various PEN panel events including external speakers with representation from the sports, legal and music world. BP are now in the 6th year of their Widening Participation Program (WPP) which aims to develop the potential of under-represented minorities in the graduate recruitment cycle. Mandhir participated on the panel of their D&I webcast representing senior leaders with a different ethnic background to promote diverse ethnicity in the business. Externally, he mentors a wide range of individuals across all age groups and cultures, and is BP executive sponsor for Durham University, where he has taken an active lead to encourage people from different backgrounds and cultures to apply to BP. Mandhir and his team have received numerous accolades for their work on promoting D&I.

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