HOUSTON – BP and the BP Foundation have donated $750,000 to support flood relief efforts in Houston and surrounding Texas communities that have been significantly impacted by historic rain levels and other damage from Hurricane Harvey.
The donation, which will help provide flood victims with food, water, health services and shelter, will be divided equally among the American Red Cross, Community Foundation of Greater Houston and United Way of Greater Houston, with $250,000 going to each.
The BP Foundation also will match dollar for dollar donations that company employees make to these organizations or a local disaster relief organization of their choice to support relief efforts.
“The impact this unprecedented storm has had and continues to have on our employees and neighbors in the greater Houston area and across Texas is heartbreaking,” said John Mingé, chairman and president of BP America in Houston. “But we know that Texans are not only resilient, but also compassionate, and that we will all work together to recover from this.”
Houston is home to BP’s U.S. headquarters and the single-largest concentration of BP employees anywhere in the world, with roughly 4,500 people in the region. In Texas, BP directly employs nearly 6,000 people and spends more than $9.2 billion with local businesses, supporting 28,000 jobs in the state.
The BP Foundation is a separate legal entity from BP and accounts independently for its operations, assets, liabilities and expenses. Since 2006, it has donated more than $300 million to charitable organizations around the world.