We believe that societies and local communities where we work should benefit from our presence.
In Australia, we seek to have a positive impact through creating jobs, providing opportunities for local suppliers and supporting the community through social investment. Our social investment aims to create shared value for both BP and society and is managed through evaluating environmental and social risks, effective stakeholder engagement and aligning our social investment with business strategy and the needs of society. The key themes we focus our social investment towards are:
- enterprise development
In addition, our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) concentrates on four key areas and builds on our past experiences with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
We support a number of environmental programs across Australia that cover conservation, monitoring threatened fauna species and wildlife rehabilitation. In South Australia, we've supported Greening Australia for the past three years with its monitoring and protection of threatened fauna species of coastal habitats on Western Eyre Peninsula. The threatened fauna include coastal raptors such as sea eagles and ospreys, sea birds, shore birds, seals, sea lions and penguins. The program established baseline information for future monitoring and reporting, producing a State of the Coastal Environment Report for Western Eyre Peninsula. In Western Australia, we are actively involved with Coastcare, a conservation program involving BP employees volunteering to plant native species to help build habitats for native wildlife at two dedicated planting sites. We also support Native ARC, a local wildlife rehabilitation centre that helps sick, injured and orphaned Australian wildlife. In Queensland, we partnered with SEQ Catchments in 2015 to help revitalise the mouth of the Brisbane River in Myrtletown, working to restore mangroves and saltmarsh.
We've offered education grants to schools since 1992. In 2015, seven education grants were awarded to secondary schools in Western Australia and South Australia to assist with their projects focused on science, technology, engineering or mathematics learning. Over the years, we've supported projects such as building robotic arms, electric vehicles, weather station, aquaponics and model solar cars. Through our partnership with Project New Dawn, we provide training and 30 hours' employment a week to a homeless person at our service stations, with the program placing them in accommodation during their 12 month period. There are six participants in this program in 2015.
All our enterprise development programs aim to create sustainable jobs in communities where we operate and are currently managed through our RAP program.
In Australia, we typically do not make charitable donations; however, we support charitable institutions through our Employee Matching Fund, administered by the BP Foundation. The Employee Matching Fund supports charitable causes chosen by employees. Each employee can access up to US$5000 per year of matched personal contributions, volunteer time and funds raised in sponsored pledge events.
Social investment & sponsorship enquiries
Our social investment and sponsorship is strategically planned and implemented each year with a focus on larger programs that aim to deliver measurable value to society. If you'd like to submit a request for social investment or sponsorship please complete the enquiry form.