Community

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 disaster relief organizations, to 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 more than $125 million to U.S. community programs, while also maintaining business partnerships with hundreds of womenand minority-owned enterprises.

BP Foundation 

The BP Foundation is a charitable organization — separate from but funded entirely by BP — that supports philanthropic activities around the world. Since 2008, it has contributed more than $145 million to thousands of community groups and causes in the United States.

As part of its commitment to service, the foundation matches personal charitable donations — including donations of time and effort — made by BP employees.

In 2017 alone, U.S. employees contributed around $4.6 million and nearly 50,000 volunteer hours to 1,700-plus organizations. The foundation matched these contributions with grants totaling about $5.2 million.

Hurricane Harvey response

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, BP and the BP Foundation joined with company employees to donate nearly $1.6 million combined, along with 200,000 gallons of fuel, to help Houston recover.

BP employees also volunteered in large numbers to aid the response effort. They served meals at shelters, answered phones at emergency call centers, remediated damaged properties, rescued stranded families, and opened their homes to evacuees, all of which provided crucial support to those affected by the storm.

Supplier diversity

Every year, BP partners with more than 200 of America’s certified minority and women’s business enterprises, while working to create a strong pipeline of other potential suppliers. 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 $6 billion with diverse suppliers since 2008.

This investment creates jobs and strengthens local employers in the communities where BP operates. The most important recognition of BP’s supplier diversity work comes from the suppliers themselves. For example, Lee Jackson of Jackson Offshore Operators, which supports BP facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, says BP played a crucial role in helping his company grow and thrive. “BP was very supportive, pointed us in the right direction, and gave us face time with the end user,” Jackson explains. “They shared information and were transparent and honest. That’s a significant reason why we’re here today.”

Military veterans

BP is proud to support American military personnel both during and after their time in uniform. In 2015, it 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.

In addition, G.I. Jobs magazine has designated BP America as a “Military Friendly Employer,” while U.S. Veterans Magazine has named it one of America’s “Best of the Best Top Veteran Friendly Companies.” Beyond its own workforce, BP helps veterans across America transition back into civilian life through programs such as the Paralympics and events such as the Warrior Games.

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 partners with Student Veterans of America to provide scholarships for veterans, and its Military Placement Program gives veterans the opportunity to hold a six-month paid position with BP’s marketing and trading business.

STEM education

For more than six decades, BP has supported science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs across America. Indeed, the company donated more than $42 million to U.S. STEM programs between 2013 and 2017 alone.

BP supports programs that encourage students to pursue STEM careers, that educate and train teachers, and that mobilize employees to volunteer in their communities.

In 2017 and 2018, it partnered with the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston to present the OTC Energy Challenge, a competition in which teams of high school students developed and presented solutions to real-world energy challenges.

Through the BP STEM Ambassador program, employees build strategic partnerships with schools and local organizations nationwide, working directly with students, teachers and administrators alike. The company tries to focus its STEM efforts on traditionally underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities. In Houston and Chicago, for example, BP sponsors STEMthemed summer camps led by the National Society of Black Engineers.

Elsewhere in Houston, it supports the Houston Hispanic Forum’s Annual Career and Education Day, during which BP employees and others discuss professional opportunities with thousands of local students and their parents.

BP also supports the Million Women Mentors project, which helps young women of all backgrounds learn about and succeed in the STEM fields.

Olympic and Paralympic support

A longtime supporter of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and Team USA, BP currently sponsors six U.S. Paralympic national teams, including three teams that competed in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding) and three teams that will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (cycling, swimming and track and field).

BP also helps U.S. athletes receive world-class training all year round. For example, it donated $1 million to help build the USOC’s Ted Stevens Sports Services Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition, it partnered with the USOC and the University of Illinois to create America’s first official Paralympic wheelchair racing training site, located on the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus.

BP MS 150

BP is the title sponsor of the BP MS 150 bike ride, the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s largest annual fundraising event. Since 2001, BP and Team BP riders have raised or contributed more than $20 million to support MS research and programs, including more than $800,000 in donations in 2018.

Student Conservation Association

Since 2015, BP has contributed $1.75 million to the Student Conservation Association to support environmental programs for high schoolers and young adults in the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana region.

Through this partnership, the company has helped improve conditions at Chicago’s Calumet Watershed and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, while helping local youths gain valuable skills and experience.

Chicago Architecture Biennial

BP served as presenting sponsor of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015 and 2016, to which it contributed $2.5 million, and then served as founding sponsor of the second Biennial in 2017 and 2018, to which it contributed $1 million. Each exhibition featured projects designed by many of the world’s leading architects.

Support for the arts

BP has a rich history of supporting the arts in America. For example, BP and the BP Foundation have made significant donations to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2017 and 2018, BP sponsored an historic exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry,” which featured more than 60 masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Since 2013, BP has contributed nearly $5 million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), including around $400,000 for HLSR scholarship programs. 

United Way

A strong supporter of the United Way (UW), BP has raised more than $15 million for local UW organizations over the past five years alone.