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.