Release date: 20 April 2016
HOUSTON – The BP Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross to provide flood victims in the greater Houston area with food, water, health services and shelter following severe thunderstorms and flooding over the last several days in southeast Texas. The BP Foundation also will match dollar for dollar donations that company employees make to the American Red Cross or a local disaster relief organization of their choice to support relief efforts. “Watching the impact the storm and floods have had to our neighbors here in our own backyard and across southeast Texas was heart wrenching," said Iris Cross, the BP Foundation’s executive director. “We’re very glad that even during these challenging times for our industry we are able to lend support to help those in the communities where we live and work.” With more than 5,000 employees, the Houston area is home to the single-largest concentration of BP employees anywhere in the world. 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.
Over the past 10 years, BP has invested more than $90 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and produces enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing about 16,000 people across the country, BP supports more than 170,000 additional jobs through all of its business activities.
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Notes to Editors:
- 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.
- The BP Foundation has given more than 70 percent of its contributions to U.S. charities since 2006, donating $220 million and matching employee giving to more than 8,500 organizations and schools.
- Last June following the 2015 Memorial Day floods, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker appointed BP America Chairman and President John Mingé as chair of the advisory board for The Greater Houston 2015 Flood Relief Fund. Mingé coordinated fundraising efforts and the administration of the fund following the Memorial Day floods.