Scottish Ballet ends association with energy giant BP

The dance company opted against renewing its sponsorship agreement with BP.

Scottish Ballet ends association with BP as it becomes latest organisation to sever ties with energy giant iStock

Scottish Ballet has ended its association with BP due to the energy firm not aligning with its green targets.

The dance company last year opted against renewing its sponsorship agreement with BP.

On January 31, the relationship with BP reached a “natural conclusion”, Scottish Ballet said.

It becomes the latest arts organisation to drop its links with the oil and gas giant, after the National Portrait Gallery, Tate and the Royal Shakespeare company cut ties.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Scottish Ballet acknowledged the “long-term support” given to them by BP, but outlined their aim to be carbon neutral in the next eight years.

“In 2021, Scottish Ballet took the decision not to renew our sponsorship agreement with BP, as it no longer aligns with the company’s green action plan – to be carbon neutral by 2030,” they said.

“Our commitment to this goal means the company will continuously monitor and evaluate both our partnerships and working practices.

“Scottish Ballet’s relationship with BP reached a natural conclusion and, in agreement with BP, concluded on January 31, 2022.

“We sincerely acknowledge the long-term support of BP, particularly in helping the company tour to Aberdeen.”

In their own statement, BP said that it was “proud” of its partnership with Scottish ballet, having sponsored the organisation for almost a decade.

“BP has supported arts and culture in Scotland for decades, helping to bring world-class performances and experiences to communities across the country,” they said.

“We are proud of our partnership with Scottish Ballet, sponsoring the company for nearly 10 years and latterly supporting their sustainability strategy to help measure their carbon footprint as they start their carbon neutral journey.

“We wish them every success in the future.”