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 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 $130 million to U.S. community programs, while also maintaining business partnerships with hundreds of women- and 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 2007, it has contributed more than $185 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 2016 alone, U.S. employees contributed nearly $5.1 million and more than 53,000 volunteer hours to 32,000-plus organizations. The foundation matched these contributions with grants totaling $5.3 million.

Supplier diversity

Every year, BP partners with 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 nearly $6 billion with diverse suppliers since 2008.

This investment creates jobs and strengthens local employers in the communities where BP operates. 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. For example, Angelica Garcia-Dunn of AIM Global Financial says that “the trust BP has placed in us has given AIM credibility with other large potential clients.”

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

STEM education

For more than six decades, BP has supported science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs across America. The company has donated nearly $70 million to STEM programs over the past five years alone, which reflects BP’s broader commitment to expanding economic opportunity, developing a highly skilled workforce and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

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

For example, it partnered with the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in 2017 to present the inaugural OTC Energy Challenge, a competition in which teams of high school students developed and presented solutions to realworld energy challenges.

The company also has partnered with the Association of Science-Technology Centers to create the Energy Education Initiative, a program aimed at equipping STEM teachers with energy-related curriculum and programming. In addition, BP supports the Million Women Mentors project, which helps young women learn about and succeed in the STEM fields.

Olympic and Paralympic support

A proud partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and Team USA since 2010, BP was honored to support an outstanding group of U.S. athletes who won a combined 16 medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2017, BP announced that it will sponsor six U.S. Paralympic national teams — the cycling, swimming, track and field, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding teams — as they prepare for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

BP helps U.S. athletes receive world-class training all year round. For example, it donated $1 million to build the USOC’s Ted Stevens Sports Services Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It also 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 $19 million to support MS research and programs, including more than $900,000 in donations in 2017 alone.

Student Conservation Association

Since 2015, BP has contributed $1.5 million to the Student Conservation Association to support environmental programs — for college students, high schoolers and military veterans — 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

In 2015, BP served as 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 contribute $1 million as founding sponsor of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, which runs from September 2017 to January 2018.

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, 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 2012, BP has contributed nearly $5 million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), including more than $400,000 in direct support for HLSR scholarship programs.

United Way

A longtime supporter of the United Way (UW), BP has raised more than $17 million for local UW organizations over the past five years alone.

STEM

BP has been supporting STEM education programs for 60 years and from 2012-2016, BP spent nearly $70 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.

Veterans

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 2017 “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.