Community development in the Gulf States
Future of the Gulf Fund
Chief Executive Officer, BRAF
"The Future of the Gulf Fund will provide significant resources to some very worthwhile worker-training and environmental organizations that have been on the frontlines of relief ever since the spill began."
Gulf Region Health Outreach Program
- The Sea, Sand, & Stars Summer Program is a partnership with coastal Alabama organizations to engage local people and holidaymakers in learning about native marine species using the facility’s 1,200 gallon saltwater touch tank.
- The Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, Florida, engaged 600 students from economically disadvantaged Panhandle schools to attend a BP-sponsored space exploration-oriented programme designed to stimulate interest in mathematics and science.
- The BP Foundation provided an endowment to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Foundation for academic scholarships in the areas of hospitality and science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based programmes.
Business Support and Development Director,
Business in the Community
"I'd like to know more about the outcomes of specific investments BP has made in local communities, so that we see whether BP's efforts have efficiently maximized creation of social and environmental value. Stakeholders will rightly demand to know whether it has used the restoration budget to fix the problems created by the incident. Other companies could learn a lot from BP's experiences in the Gulf of Mexico, so more detail would be welcome."
- During 2012, we spent more than $173 million with minority and women-owned business enterprises. The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce named BP its Minority Business Advocate of the Year.
- In Louisiana, BP is providing business development and computer training to small business owners. We have expanded the reach of these programmes to southwest Louisiana through partnerships with Louisiana Direct Seafood and Options for Independence.
- BP’s continued support of the Mississippi International Relief and Development US Café Climb initiative is delivering tools to at-risk youth to help them prepare for work at one of the Gulf Coast’s major employers in the food preparation and service industry.
- BP partnered with the Mobile Business Development Authority in Alabama to support supplier diversity through workshops and database development.
- BP continues to provide support for the coastal tourism and seafood industries through grants to each state.