About OGP

Overview

The International Association of Oil & Gas producers (OGP) is a unique global forum in which members identify and share best practices to achieve improvements in every aspect of health, safety, the environment, security, social responsibility, engineering and operations.

OGP encompasses most of the world's leading publicly-traded, private and state-owned oil & gas companies, industry associations and major upstream service companies. OGP members produce more than half the world's oil and about one third of its gas.

The Association was formed in 1974 to develop effective communications between the upstream industry and an increasingly complex network of international regulators. Originally called the E&P Forum, in 1999 the name International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) was adopted.

Improving industry performance and knowledge sharing

The backbone of OGP is a dynamic network of committees, subcommittees, task forces and work groups. Currently there are 56 groups headed by the Management Committee.

The Association’s extensive international membership brings with it a wealth of know-how, data and experience. OGP committees and task forces manage the exchange and dissemination of this knowledge through publications and events around the world.

Representing the upstream industry

An essential part of OGP’s mission is to represent the interests of the upstream industry before international regulators and legislators. From its headquarters in London, OGP represents the industry in such UN bodies as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Commission for Sustainable Development. OGP also works with the World Bank and with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is also accredited to a range of regional bodies that include OSPAR, the Helsinki Commission and the Barcelona Convention.

From an office in Brussels, OGP provides an essential conduit for advocacy and debate between the upstream industry and the European Union (EU). This involves regular contact with the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Additionally, OGP promotes awareness of Corporate Responsibility issues within the industry and among stakeholders. Transparency of revenues and combatting corruption are current areas of interest.

How OGP works

OGP work is primarily done by staff of the member organisations with support from the secretariat.

The Management Committee is responsible for the Association’s overall strategy and direction.  It consists of 9 members (including the Chair and Vice Chairs) of which one is the associate member representative. The Management Committee is elected every two years. Currently, the representatives are BP plc, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, PetróleoBrasileiro SA, Shell International Exploration & Production BV, Statoil, Total and Baker Hughes (the representative of the associate members).

OGP holds twice-yearly general meetings, usually in areas of special upstream interest. Workshops on relevant issues are run concurrently.