HOUSTON: BP has hired former US District Judge Stanley Sporkin to serve as ombudsman and to help streamline its internal communications system.
Sporkin's function as a paid contractor will be to listen to complaints or concerns raised by workers in the field, reporting directly to Bob Malone, president of BP America.
Sporkin will be based on the East Coast and maintain a staff of two.
Neil Chapman, press officer at BP, said the company hopes to create an internal communications system where people "who feel parts of the company aren't living up to our values can raise their concerns and have them addressed."
Chapman added that Sporkin can also help employees parse media coverage, using the recent Prudhoe Bay spill as an example.
"Seeing these headlines around an issue of safety was shaking their confidence because they know... safety is the number one focus," Chapman said.