Building a stronger America
From Alaska to Florida, BP supports the communities where its employees live and work. The company donates an average of $30 million each year to community initiatives through a wide range of sponsorships, events and activities. Some examples of BP's local community involvement:
BP's Alaska programs are tailored to reflect the unique needs of diverse urban and rural areas.
- BP Alaska’s community investment is focused on three key areas: education, workforce development and environment. BP program support is tailored to reflect the unique needs of the state’s diverse urban and rural areas. Some significant programs supported in Alaska include: BP Teachers of Excellence – recognizes outstanding educators each year from across Alaska;
- Summer engineering programs at the University of Alaska;
- The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program;
- BP Principals’ and Commissioner’s Scholarship Program – provides scholarships for high school graduates for four-year college degrees and a two-year program in process technology.
A handful of programs provide benefits to citizens statewide by addressing concerns that are common to many communities. For example, BP contributed $300,000 to the American Red Cross to develop and train a network of volunteer first responders in rural Alaska communities. The program ensures quicker response to natural disasters in remote regions of the state, many of which are only accessible by air. BP also provides scholarships to students throughout Alaska for four-year college degrees and a two-year program in process technology.
Houston is home to more than 6,000 BP employees, the largest concentration in the U.S. In addition to numerous employee-led initiatives benefitting a host of schools and non-profit organizations, BP is the proud sponsor of two major events.
- The BP MS 150 is the largest fundraising bike ride in the country, regularly featuring 13,000 cyclists who ride the two-day,150+ mile course from Houston to Austin. BP is the title sponsor for the BP MS 150 bike ride. Since partnering with the MS Society in 2001, BP and Team BP riders have contributed more than $17 million to MS research and programs.
- As a sponsor of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, BP is proud to partner with this organization, which distributes more than $10 million annually in college scholarships to deserving students.
- BP is proud to partner with the United Way of Greater Houston and has raised more than $19 million for local UW organizations over the past five years.These funds are invested in key areas like family financial stability, education and the quality of life for returning veterans.
Following Hurricane Ike, many Galveston County residents had to rely on generators to power their homes. BP donated more than 250 generators to Galveston County communities and social service agencies. The gas-powered generators can be used during a power failure and some are being earmarked by the communities to help residents who require electricity to sustain medical equipment. A local Boy Scout troop house underwent an "extreme makeover" with the help of BP volunteers, who gave the house a new paint job, installed insulation, and put in a new ceiling.
In 2007, BP was awarded the EDGE (Economic Development Growth and Excellence) award in New Mexico for our contribution to the business and local communities. In 2012, BP invested $5 million to help build a new energy training facility on San Juan College's Farmington campus that will further develop a pipeline of qualified oil and gas industry workers.
BP is investing $1.1 million in an affordable housing program run by the Durango Regional Housing Authority (RHA). BP also donated $90,000 worth of solar panels to a community education center and provided a $25,000 matching grant to help build a Senior Citizens Center in Bayfield, Colo. In 2014, BP contributed $1 million to build the Ted Stevens Sports Services Center at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. This facility will provide world-class, technically advanced training services for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
For more than 100 years, BP has been an important part of the Chicago economy and community. Since 2006 the company has given more than $35 million in charitable contributions to Chicago civic and community organizations, including city landmarks such as the Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. The company’s support of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) is another example of BP’s community involvement. In June 2015, BP announced a contribution of $1 million over two years to the SCA, a donation that will support environmental programs in Illinois and Indiana near Lake Michigan. Those participating in the programs include college and high school students, as well as veterans. The money also provides free, conservation-related education programs that will attract 2,000 Chicago youngsters. BP is the lead sponsor of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America.
In conjunction with BP's decision to invest $2.2 billion in the Wamsutter field, BP also committed to a community investment program to help the town of Wamsutter grow with BP's exploration and development. This growth includes creating an infrastructure capable of housing the 130+ employees needed to oversee the 2,100 new wells and to construct BP's new operations center. Since 2005, BP has helped the town build a day care facility and a town park, and has invested more than $1 million to fund an endowment that provides continuing support for an economic development director and day care operations. More recently, BP has worked with the governor's office, the state legislature and the town government to identify and fund local infrastructure needs. In 2009, the state funded an additional $3.5 million for Wamsutter infrastructure, to be matched by $3 million from BP. The combined $6.5 million, coupled with other sources of funds, will help the town improve roads, water, sewer and storm drainage improvements, as well as build a basic medical clinic that will be operated using town, county and endowment funds. To help develop Wyoming's future workforce, BP has given more than $6.5 million since 2007 to support energy research and programs at the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources, College of Engineering, and the College of Law's Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies.