We work together with governments and communities to contribute to sustainable growth, create jobs and invest in people.
BP India’s approach to social investment
At BP we strongly believe in building long term and sustainable partnerships with the communities around us. We aim to make a positive difference, wherever we do business. Social investment is one of the many ways in which we contribute to communities around us. Seeking to align with the national development agenda and business objectives, the BP India social investment strategy aims to create value through:
- Skills: creating access to skills development opportunities to ensure improved quality of life; skills to build a safer and globally competitive workforce.
- Safer Mobility; Safety in mobility solutions with a considered focus on reducing accidents, injuries and loss of life on roads in India.
- Energy Transition; Strengthening the role of energy in achieving sustainable growth; addressing climate change and the need for access to energy for the citizens of the country.
Executing the strategy
Key social initiatives in partnership with leading NGOs include:
- Government-run Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in India provide skills training to youth from economically challenged segments of society. Catering to students with a schooling of as little as four years, these institutes provide industry its base rung of manpower. In partnership with International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD, Ahmedabad), BP is working on strengthening the teaching of safety skills in key trades in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across Gujarat. The programme delivers teaching and learning of safety skills through training of faculty and developing relevant tool kits. It reaches out to 25,000 ITI students annually across the 330 institutes through 1,105 ITI instructors.
- In partnership with Door Step Schools Mumbai, BP is supporting creation of Science and Mathematics learning centers, catering to children from low income communities in Mumbai.
- The Tech On Wheels project, led by Masoom aims to provide greater access to technology and digital education opportunities to students from 60 night schools across Mumbai. The project will offer multiple students, across many locations in the city an opportunity to take digital and related courses, mitigating infrastructure and space constraints faced by these schools today.
- Together with the British Council, BP works with a few schools in New Delhi on a programme that focuses on the improvement of teaching, critical thinking and problem solving in the Science subjects.
- BP India’s partnership with the youth-enabling NGO Pravah in Delhi was another unique endeavor in equipping adolescents with a scientific temperament. The project ‘Curious Me’ worked with 250 adolescent students, in schools in and around Delhi, and their teachers, to develop an understanding of Systems Thinking to enhance their critical thinking skills, analytical and decision making skills.
In addition BP India also contributes to CSR activities implemented by its joint venture partner Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) around the upstream project area on the east coast of India.
Safety, a value and an industry need
NR Management Consultants conducted a study on behalf of BP to understand the safety skills among base level manpower in the Indian oil and gas industry in 2014. The study is a result of inputs received from a variety of stakeholders from the industry. This study was aimed at improving the safety skills among the base level manpower with the hope that it would serve as an important reference document in considering possible interventions for the development of a cadre of adequately trained base level manpower for the oil and gas industry in India.
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