bp in your community
We support the communities where we live and work to build greater resilience and more sustainable livelihoods.
Disaster relief and response
During times of crisis bp goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our employees and communities. We have demonstrated this commitment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the natural disasters that impact our communities.
Caring for our employees
To manage the potential health impacts of COVID-19, we provided support to employees who had to continue working at our locations and to those asked to work from home. The health and wellbeing resources we already had in place gave us a strong base from which to operate, and we quickly applied learnings from early outbreaks in China to anticipate likely consequences for our US businesses.
Supporting global COVID-19 relief efforts
Externally, we moved quickly to assist global relief efforts. In March 2020, the bp foundation committed $2 million to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. And in April 2020, bp announced that COVID-19 researchers would have access to our Center for High-Performance Computing in Houston, as we were donating our supercomputing capability to the public-private consortium formed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the US Department of Energy, and IBM.
Caring for our communities during a pandemic
We supplied 3 million gallons of jet fuel to FedEx Express charter flights and Alaska Airlines at no cost to support the timely delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential goods to areas of the US at greatest risk for COVID-19. We also pledged to offset the carbon emissions of these donated fuel deliveries through our Target Neutral program.
Since April 2020, bp has offered over $8 million in fuel discounts for healthcare works, first responders, veterans, service members, teachers and students, and we continue to support our communities through additional discounts in our BPme Rewards program.
At the local level, our US onshore business — bpx energy, which is headquartered in Denver — supported both the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Denver Public Schools Emerging Needs Fund. Meanwhile, bpx energy and bp America donated more than 5,500 gallons of bleach to the Bexar County Emergency Response, the Medina County Fire Marshall and the Atascosa County Emergency Response in San Antonio, Texas.
bp’s Whiting refinery assembled and donated more than 16,000 pieces of PPE to frontline healthcare providers, first responders and other essential workers who support the communities surrounding the facility.
In Houston, we teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) to support hospital workers’ mental wellbeing as they fight on the frontline against COVID-19. Through an ongoing partnership, bp collaborated with AHA to create 6,000 mental health kits for doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers at Lyndon B Johnson Hospital in Houston and support a new post-shift decompression ritual for hospital workers that addresses the mind, body and soul. In addition, bp and AHA worked with local restaurants to deliver 200 heart-healthy meals for all hospital staff on a weekly basis over a two-month period.
At bp’s Westlake campus in Houston, Texas, and at our Naperville campus in Illinois, we donated excess food to those in need. In Naperville, hundreds of kilograms of dairy, fresh produce and perishables that would otherwise have spoiled were donated to Loaves and Fishes, a community pantry at which many bp employees volunteer. In Houston, the Westlake campus facility team donated excess food to the Houston Food Bank.
Supporting natural disaster relief efforts
Beyond COVID-19, the bp foundation contributed to a number of other disaster relief efforts in 2020, including hurricane relief in Louisiana (through the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana) and wildfire relief in California, Oregon and Washington state (through the American Red Cross).
In February 2021, the Houston region experienced a severe winter storm that caused major power outages and impacted the lives of many bp employees. bp America donated more than $500,000 to support victims of the historic power and water outages that resulted. The donations included $250,000 from bp America to the American Red Cross to serve Texas and $250,000 to Houston-area organizations supporting disaster relief. The efforts provided victims of the crisis with food, water, health services and shelter.
As part of our response, individuals across bp — including our people and culture humanitarian assistance team, our incident management team, our Westlake property management team, our continuity housing team and others — volunteered countless hours to assist colleagues in need. Their acts of kindness showed bp at our best. In addition, the bp foundation also matched dollar-for-dollar donations from bp employees to the American Red Cross.
When Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana in August 2021, bp America donated $250,000 and 200,000 gallons of fuel, and the bp foundation contributed $250,000 to support disaster relief efforts. The donations included:
$250,000 to the American Red Cross from the bp foundation to provide those impacted by the crisis in Louisiana with food, water, health services and shelter.
$250,000 to the Bayou Community Foundation from bp America to provide grants for recovery and rebuilding in the Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes and Grand Isle.
Fuel donations of 100,000 gallons of gasoline and 100,000 gallons of diesel to aid in the recovery.
Again, our employees and their family members also volunteered to support relief efforts by delivering food, water and fuel to those affected by the hurricane in the region.
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In the past five years alone (2016-2020), bp and the bp foundation donated more than $117 million to US community programs — from educational, environmental and small business partnerships to disaster relief and assistance for American military veterans.
The bp foundation is a charitable organization — separate from but funded entirely by bp — that backs philanthropic activities around the world, including some mentioned above related to COVID-19 and natural disaster relief. On a more granular level, the foundation is committed to service and matches employees’ personal charitable donations, including donations of time and effort. In 2020, our US employees made significant personal contributions to charitable organizations worldwide, along with more than 30,000 volunteer hours, and the foundation delivered matching gifts of more than $3.5 million.
Investing in communities where we work
We are proud to support a wide range of institutions and initiatives that strengthen the communities where our employees live and work. Many of bp’s community partnerships focus on local institutions near our US businesses.
Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana supports schools and organizations in the three footprint communities where the refinery is situated. We support STEM education within local schools along with programs and scholarship opportunities at Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University. Our employees actively engage in the community through Lake Area United Way and as volunteers in the classroom.
Cherry Point Refinery
Our Cherry Point refinery in Washington state helped underwrite the bp Heron Center for Environmental Education at Birch Bay State Park, and it has made significant contributions to Bellingham Technical College, Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Boys and Girls Clubs.
bp Toledo-Husky Refinery
Our refinery near Toledo, Ohio, sponsors a variety of K–12 educational programs, along with programs at the University of Toledo that give local students the opportunity to study engineering. bp has also donated more than $500,000 to downtown Toledo’s nonprofit Imagination Station science museum.
In the Chicagoland region, we have contributed more than $2.25 million since 2015 to the Student Conservation Association (SCA) for programs that have improved conditions at the Calumet Watershed and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, enabled local youth to gain valuable skills and experience, and empowered women in conservation. Our partnership helped plant and maintain over 4,000 trees in the region. In 2021, we are supporting the SCA’s All Women’s Crew and its Calumet Tree Conservation Corps. bp is a longtime supporter of the Chicago Urban League and a founding partner of its Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, where African American business owners learn to launch, grow, and sustain their businesses.
In September 2021, bp entered into a sponsorship agreement with The Memorial Foundation, which promotes awareness of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial located in Washington DC and its principles of democracy, justice, hope and love. The sponsorship will also support the 2021 Social Justice Fellows Program, The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Global Youth Leadership Conference and the 10th Anniversary MLK, Jr. Memorial Commemoration.
Across the country, we are helping US military veterans find new career paths and continue serving as leaders. Together with the Hiring Our Heroes initiative, we make it easier for veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses to secure meaningful employment. We have also joined with American Corporate Partners to provide one-on-one mentoring for veterans as they move into the private sector. In addition, bp works with Combined Arms on veteran business resource group development, and we will serve as title sponsor of the 2021 Combined Arms LGBTQ Veterans & Allies Military Ball in Houston.
Supplier diversity is an area where our community and business investments intersect to deliver greater inclusion.
US Supplier Diversity Program
Through our US supplier diversity program, we have spent $1.3 billion with certified diverse suppliers since 2018, and we now partner with around 300 preferred diverse suppliers across four diversity strands – minority, women, LGBT+ and veterans. We are aiming to double our expenditure with diverse suppliers by 2023 and to achieve $1 billion in annual spend with certified diverse business enterprises by 2025.
Diversity Growth Initiative
In April 2020, we launched the diversity growth initiative (DGI) — an 18-month diverse supplier development program that pairs 11 diverse suppliers with six bp leaders in the US to help build stronger strategic relationships and, support their sustainable development position while providing opportunities to improve the scale of the supplier’s business within bp.
Impact on diverse suppliers
Our investments help the communities where bp operates by boosting economic development while supporting jobs and local employers. However, the most important recognition of our supplier diversity efforts comes from the suppliers themselves. For example, CEO Alex Dawotola of HENECO — a Houston-based engineering firm that supports our Gulf of Mexico business — believes that his company’s work with bp has accelerated its expansion.
bp has been an important driver of growth at HENECO across our engineering and project management services,” Dawotola says. “We are now ISO 9001 certified and have put many more processes and programs in place to stay up to date with the quality requirements from bp and other clients. In addition, our partnership with a recognized energy leader like bp has truly elevated the industry visibility of HENECO and has given us opportunities to showcase our technical capabilities on a global scale.
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Science Technology Engineering and Math
At bp we are committed to equipping future talent pipelines to participate in a low-carbon energy system and to deliver a net zero world. With that in mind, we’ve contributed to science technology engineering and math (STEM) programs across America, donating more than $18 million over the past five years alone.
Why STEM matters to bp
A fundamentally new set of skills are needed to get to net zero and deliver a just transition. This challenge calls on us to invest earlier in the education system and to help inspire the next generation of diverse thinkers, builders and innovators — the people who can help us achieve net zero emissions while continuing to provide the energy society needs. By cultivating a passion for STEM and developing key skills among K–12 students, we strengthen the talent pipeline that produces new ideas, business models and technologies.
STEM Ambassadors Program
Our flagship initiative is the bp STEM Ambassadors program, through which our employees volunteer their time and experience to help bring the STEM fields to life for students of all backgrounds, with a focus on underrepresented groups.
The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for this program in 2020. Nevertheless, bp STEM ambassadors still managed to reach more than 7,000 students — mainly virtually — while compiling more than 1,000 volunteer hours. Last summer, for example, more than 100 of our STEM ambassadors provided virtual career mentoring in partnership with CoLabL, an organization that connects employers with diverse young talent.
I enjoyed this year’s SEEK camp, especially the Drone and Microbit weeks. The projects helped me better understand the engineering design process and better understand what my Mom does as an engineer. When I grow up, I definitely want to be an engineer, although I am still trying to decide what kind.
Meanwhile, through the Sister Circles program, bp employees provide academic guidance and mentoring to female students at the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy in Houston. In January 2020, bp volunteers also hosted an event for Houston-area Girl Scouts at our US headquarters, giving them a firsthand look at what engineers and geologists do in the energy industry. When everyone began working from home a few months later, we developed a series of online sessions for the Girl Scouts to further explore STEM career opportunities.
In Chicago, bp is working with community and educational partners like the National Energy Education Development Project’s Energizing Student Potential program, Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy and the Museum of Science and Industry to help close the STEM skills gap.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards
At the national level, we sponsor the engineering prize given by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards. This prize — honoring a Latino student who has excelled in both the classroom and his or her community — comes with an educational grant to help pay for higher education or a community-based project.
Global STEM Academies
Since 2012, we have also partnered with AFS (originally the American Field Service) Intercultural Programs to provide study abroad scholarships for students in the United States and other countries. In 2018, we reimagined and relaunched this partnership as the bp Global STEM Academies. In 2020, the pandemic forced us to reimagine it once again, this time as a virtual program with an increased focus on net zero.
It has been a great learning journey that has allowed me to broaden my global perspective. I have been able to meet so many amazing individuals around the world who I can call my good friends. The combination of our varied experiences to develop solutions has truly excited me.
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)
1. Publish a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) report, internally and externally, which will support a data-driven approach to progress and increase visibility and accountability.
2. Reset our US Minority Ambition to continue to drive toward a US workforce that reflects the changing demographics of America, with quarterly reporting on progress, including sub-group detail.
3. Embed expectations and metrics on DE&I delivery into entity operating plans and annual performance review process for all employees, including a direct link to compensation.
4. Prohibit the Confederate flag and other symbols of hate from all bp sites.
5. Launch mandatory racial equity and inclusion training for all US employees that complements our existing unconscious bias training.
6. Reshape the bp America DE&I Council, ensuring each of the 11 entities has a representative accountable for supporting and delivering our US DE&I plan and commitments.
7. Double our spend with US-based diverse suppliers by 2023, embedding supplier diversity objectives into global procurement processes to establish clear accountabilities and metrics.
8. Double representation of African Americans in group leadership by 2023.
9. Launch a focused talent development program for African American and other underrepresented minorities with a goal of identifying and advancing high-potential and high-performing participants with career stewardship from the senior leadership team.
10. Increase the diversity of our talent pools and candidate slates to support increased hiring and progression of African Americans and other underrepresented groups through focused talent attraction efforts, strengthening internship programs and by fostering additional partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities.
11. Increase educational and community funding to specific external organizations working to strengthen the STEM education pipeline for African Americans and other underrepresented minorities.
The need for bp to be committed to a robust diversity, equity and inclusion agenda is greater than ever. And we know that diverse, inclusive groups make better decisions, and better decisions benefit us all. Our leadership across bp remains committed to creating a diverse and equitable workplace for all employees and we need to have a workforce reflective of the communities we live in. We’re committed to real progress. And while we’re proud of the work we’ve done so far, we’ll always work to make bp better.