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.