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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
 

In the past five years alone, BP and the BP Foundation donated more than $118 million to U.S. community programs, from education initiatives for underprivileged children to strategic health and wellness partnerships.

BP Foundation 

The BP Foundation is a charitable organization, separate from but funded entirely by BP, that supports philanthropic activities around the world.


In 2018, the Foundation provided funds to support Alaska earthquake relief efforts, victims of California wildfires and Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. As part of its commitment to service, the foundation matches personal charitable donations—including donations of time and effort — made by BP employees.

Supplier diversity

BP was one of the first major corporations in the U.S. to create a formal program aimed at increasing supplier diversity. In 2018, BP partnered with over 1,100 diverse and small businesses — including certified minority, women, LGBT and veteran-owned enterprises — while creating a strong pipeline of other potential suppliers.


Marc Mills of Pacific Rim Capital, which leases handling equipment, says:

 

“BP has opened up a whole new market for us. Our contract with the Whiting Refinery has allowed us to lease a more complex range of equipment, and we are now leasing assets in the oil field.”

 

STEM education

For more than six decades, BP has supported science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs across the nation, investing about $28 million in the past five years alone.

  • BP has partnered with AFS Intercultural Programs to host the BP Global STEM Academies, a study abroad initiative focused on building STEM skills and intercultural awareness.
  • Through the BP STEM Ambassador program, employees build strategic partnerships with schools and local organizations nationwide, working directly with students, teachers and administrators.
  • BP also supports the Million Women Mentors project, which helps young women of all backgrounds succeed in science and technology fields.

Military veterans

BP is proud to support American military personnel both during and after their service. The company is committed to helping veterans find new career paths, stay active no matter their physical abilities and continue serving as leaders for the nation.

  • Through American Corporate Partners, BP employees provide one-on-one mentoring for veterans to help guide their transition to the private sector.
  • Together with the Hiring Our Heroes initiative, BP makes it easier for veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses to find meaningful employment.
  • BP’s Military Placement Program offers veterans 12-month paid opportunities with BP’s trading business.

Paralympic support

A longtime supporter of the Paralympic movement and Team USA, BP sponsors six U.S. Paralympic national teams. Three of them competed in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding), while the others will represent the nation at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (cycling, swimming, and track and field).

 

United Way

A strong supporter of the United Way (UW), BP has raised more than $12 million for local UW organizations over the past five years alone.


BP also supports dozens of local initiatives around its operating locations from coast to coast, as well as flagship events and charities near its hubs in Houston and Chicago.

 

Making a difference in Texas

BP employees volunteer at Houston food

American Heart Association

In 2019, BP launched a strategic partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA), which will create an awareness and education strategy for the Greater Houston area. This includes a broad marketing campaign and sponsorship of major local AHA initiatives, including the organization’s signature Heart Walk and Go Red for Women movement.


BP MS 150

For the 19th year, BP was proud to serve as 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 over $21 million to support MS programs, including more than $670,000 in donations in 2019.

Houston Open

BP has teamed up with the Astros Golf Foundation as one of the Founding Community Partners of the Houston Open, a professional golf tournament. The Astros Golf Foundation has pledged annual commitments of $500,000 to First Tee, a nonprofit that encourages young people to get involved with golf.


Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Since 2015, BP has contributed more than $2.5 million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), including over $250,000 for HLSR scholarship programs.

Making a difference in Chicagoland

People walking with Chicago skyline in background

Student Conservation Association

Since 2015, BP has contributed $2 million to support environmental programs for students in the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana regions.


Through a partnership with the Student Conservation Association, the company has helped improve conditions at Chicago’s Calumet Watershed and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, empower women in conservation, and support local youths to gain valuable skills and experience.


Chicago Architecture Biennial

Since 2015, BP has contributed $4.5 million toward the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America.


In addition to serving as the 2019 event’s founding sponsor, BP launched the third BP Student Ideas Competition, which empowers Chicagoland youths to creatively reimagine their civic institutions as places for learning and connecting people.