Building a stronger America
BP’s commitment to America goes well beyond providing the energy and jobs that fuel economic prosperity. The company also supports a wide range of institutions and initiatives that strengthen the communities where its employees live and work.
These include everything from education programs for underprivileged children, to career transition programs for military veterans, to charity fundraisers for disease research, to world-class training for America’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Over the past five years alone, BP has donated $147 million to U.S. community programs, while also maintaining business partnerships with hundreds of women- and minority-owned enterprises.
The BP Foundation is a charitable organization — separate from, but funded entirely by, BP — that supports philanthropic activities around the world. Since 2006, it has contributed more than $218 million to thousands of community groups and initiatives in the United States.
As part of its commitment to service, the foundation matches personal charitable contributions — including contributions of time and effort — made by BP employees. In 2015 alone, U.S. employees gave around $5.2 million and logged more than 55,500 volunteer hours. The foundation matched these contributions with grants totaling $6 million.
Every year, BP partners with nearly 300 of America’s certified minority and women’s business enterprises. In fact, it was one of the first major corporations in the U.S. to create a formal program aimed at increasing supplier diversity, and it has spent more than $5 billion with diverse suppliers since 2008.
This investment helps the communities where BP operates by creating jobs and strengthening local employers. In 2016, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council recognized BP as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises, while the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance named BP Corporation of the Year.
The most important recognition of BP’s supplier diversity work comes from the suppliers themselves. Here’s how Robert Valdes, of Valdes Engineering, puts it: “The supplier diversity team has been stewarding our company throughout the years, and this has led to our entry into other areas of BP. It’s been a major game changer for us. We were between 50 and 100 people at the time we started working with BP in 2003. Today, we have between 180 and 200 employees, with no fewer than 50 employees who are fully dedicated to BP projects. The economic impact to our employees and our company has certainly been significant.”
For more than six decades, BP has supported science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs across America. The company has donated around $65 million to STEM initiatives since 2012 alone, which reflects BP’s broader commitment to expanding economic opportunity, developing a highly skilled workforce, and inspiring the next generation of innovators.
In 2015, BP partnered with the Association of Science- Technology Centers to launch the Energy Education Initiative, a program aimed at training and equipping STEM teachers. It also joined the Million Women Mentors project, a campaign designed to help young women learn more about STEM careers. Both in 2015 and in 2016, Victory Media ranked BP No. 1 on its list of STEM Jobs Approved Employers.
BP is proud to support American military personnel both during and after their time in uniform. In 2015, the company won the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which is the highest recognition the U.S. government gives to employers for supporting workers serving in the Guard or the Reserve.
Beyond its own workforce, BP helps veterans across America transition back into civilian life. For example, its contributions to adaptive sports — including Paralympic programs and events such as the Warrior Games — help injured or disabled veterans with the process of rehabilitation and reintegration. Meanwhile, through its support for the Hiring Our Heroes Initiative, BP makes it easier for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses to find meaningful employment.
The company also has partnered with Student Veterans of America to provide scholarships for veterans pursuing careers in STEM. In addition, BP recently announced a new Military Placement Program that gives veterans the opportunity to hold a six-month paid position with the company’s marketing and trading business.
BP knows that veterans want to achieve the sense of purpose they had in the military. With that in mind, the company supports Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues as they help veterans find rewarding ways to serve their communities.
BP MS 150
BP is the title sponsor of the BP MS 150 bike ride, the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s biggest annual fundraising event, which raised more than $700,000 in 2016 alone. Since partnering with the MS Society in 2001, BP and Team BP riders have contributed about $17 million to MS research and programs.
Student Conservation Association
In 2015, BP announced a $1 million contribution to the Student Conservation Association to support environmental programs — for college students, high schoolers and military veterans — in Illinois and Indiana near Lake Michigan.
Chicago Architecture Biennial
In 2015, BP served as the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, to which it contributed $2.5 million. The three-month exhibition featured projects designed by many of the world’s leading architects. BP will be a founding sponsor of the next Chicago biennial, in 2017.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Since 2012, BP has contributed nearly $5 million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), including more than $500,000 to HLSR scholarship programs.
A longtime supporter of the United Way (UW), BP has raised more than $19 million for local UW organizations over the past five years.
BP has been supporting STEM education programs for 60 years and in 2012-2014, BP spent more than $60 million to support STEM education across the U.S. The company focuses on investing in teacher training and development and supporting student programs that excite and inspire STEM learning.
BP America is proud to stand by U.S. service members and veterans, some of whom are Team USA Paralympians. Recruiting and hiring veterans makes good business sense because BP needs a disciplined, trained and deployable work force to accomplish our missions of safety and energy security. U.S. Veterans Magazine named BP among the 2015 “Best of the Best” Top Veteran-Friendly Companies. BP was one of 15 employers, out of nearly 3,000 nominated, to receive the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which is the highest recognition the U.S. government gives to employers for supporting workers who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
Olympics and Paralympics
BP is proud to be a sponsor of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Team USA – a commitment that dates February 2010. BP looks forward to supporting Team USA athletes at the Olympic/Paralympic Games in Brazil in 2016.