Building community capacity

BP is committed to supporting activities that strengthen the skills and abilities of people and community groups to take effective action in the development of their communities. This is part of making BP a trusted part of the local community

We encourage BP employees to support community organisations and charities through volunteering and charitable giving. Working in partnership with community organisations and small businesses, our employees share their business expertise through project specific support and leadership roles, working directly with local community and business leaders.

Support for social enterprise

BP is a founding partner of the ‘arc’ programme from Business in the Community, which began in September 2011 to create an employment legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim of arc is to create 1,000 new jobs in each area where it operates, by supporting the growth of social enterprises in local communities. Social enterprises are businesses that have a core social purpose, and which typically reinvest the majority of their profits into that social purpose.

BP employees work with social enterprises in East London and West London, providing mentoring and coaching as well as business expertise to support enabling projects to allow the social enterprises to grow.

Employee volunteering

BP’s sites in the UK typically have a local relationship plan. The plan identifies the key stakeholder relationships that support and enable BP’s presence in that local community. These relationships may include charities and other non-profit organisations, where the business is working with these organisations for a business rather than philanthropic purpose.

These relationships provide a foundation for a variety of employee volunteering activities related to a business need or context. In addition, employees can benefit from up to $5,000 per year of matched funding from the BP Foundation for individual volunteering with eligible organisations.

Youth development

BP employees are working with young people across Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Young Leaders Programme. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are supported by a range of charities and by the BP employees as they develop and deliver projects that benefit their local communities. This builds on the legacy of earlier work during BP’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Charitable giving

In the UK, we do not make arbitrary 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$5,000 (in total) per year of matched personal contributions, volunteer time and funds raised in sponsored pledge events. This encourages active fund raising and volunteering, as well as enabling employees to feel that BP values and rewards their energy, enthusiasm and time in working with charitable organisations and community groups. The Matching Team Time scheme of the Fund provides a further incentive for team volunteering.

UK communities benefited from nearly $4m in 2015 of employee contributions matched by the BP Foundation, and over 34,650 hours were volunteered by UK-based employees.

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