We strive to be a valued member of the communities where we live and work. Our community investments harness employee passions and align with our business goals and objectives to create Shared Value for us and our communities. We listen to and collaborate with our neighbors, local stakeholders and nonprofit organizations to help create cleaner, safer and well-educated communities.
Community Investments Programs
We focus our community investments in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, public safety and environmental conservation. Due to growth in the Company, we were able to increase our community giving by more than 50 percent last year. Here are some of our notable community programs from 2016:
- The Tesoro STEM Academies is a three-year, $3.24 million after-school initiative focused on fostering STEM knowledge and proficiency, and increasing awareness of and interest in post-secondary STEM opportunities among middle school students. Nearly 1,000 students participated in hands-on STEM activities and field trips and received high-quality academic support last year.
- With a $300,000 grant, Tesoro Foundation expanded the Vehicle Repair Assistance Program (VRAP) in Salt Lake County, Utah, to 400 additional residents. VRAP helps low-income families afford to fix older vehicles so they pass environmental emissions inspections. This funding will repair approximately 450 vehicles over the next three years – equivalent to removing 5,000 cars from Utah’s roads.
- The North Dakota Safety Council broke ground on a safety training campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, which will be completed in 2017. Tesoro is the largest contributor to the project, granting $750,000 that will be used to construct, equip and staff the Tesoro Safety Training Center, a 5,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. At the center, students from across the region will receive hands-on, real-life safety training applicable to their industries.
Employee participation in community giving has significant impact. We supported our employees’ efforts with an updated online giving portal, a fall giving campaign and expanded coordination of volunteer opportunities.
Approximately 1,600 employees took advantage of Tesoro’s workplace giving and volunteerism programs in 2016, totaling 17,000 hours of employee time and supporting nearly 1,500 nonprofits, schools, and colleges and universities. Employees contributed $1.4 million to community organizations and local schools last year. Through our Matching Gift Program, the Tesoro Foundation contributed an additional $1.5 million.