Investing in Communities
We strive to be a valued member of the communities where we live and work. We work closely with our neighbors to listen and to understand the issues our communities are facing. This not only informs our business decisions and helps us address concerns, it also builds trust among our community partners. All of our refineries have Community Advisory Panels that meet regularly and are an important connection to our neighborhoods.
We invest in the communities where we operate through grants, sponsorships and volunteer time to make a positive and measurable impact. We focus our investments in the areas of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), public safety and environmental conservation.
Tesoro and the Tesoro Foundation directed investments of $6.9 million to support local schools and nonprofit agencies in 2015, many of which supported the creation of initiatives which will provide long-lasting benefits to the organizations and the community.
In 2015, we piloted the Tesoro Afterschool STEM Academies program in partnership with nine non-profit organizations. The program provides STEM-related learning opportunities to more than 3,700 students in the areas near our operations.
In 2015, our employees contributed more than $1.3 million to more than 1,200 organizations, and the Tesoro Foundation donated more
than $800,000 to eligible organizations through our Matching Gift Program. We also launched the first-ever Week of Caring in San Antonio, during which more than 350 employees completed over 800 volunteer hours. Other volunteer activities throughout the year included our Los Angeles Refinery employees’ collection and distribution of 2,000 books and 1,300 toys for local toy drives, and our Anacortes Refinery employees’ participation in the March Point Run benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and United Way of Skagit County.
Examples of Our Community Programs in 2015
Aquarium of the Pacific
The Tesoro Foundation awarded the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California a four-year, $200,000 grant in 2015 to renovate and revitalize its mobile tide pool exhibit – the Aquarium on Wheels. The Aquarium on Wheels program travels to local schools or events to show the wonder of the marine ecosystem and introduce concepts of science and critical thinking. The new exhibit was launched in early 2016 and is very busy helping Southern California students learn about marine ecosystems and encouraging them to pursue careers in science. Read more.
Utah STEM Action Center
In 2015, the Tesoro Foundation awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant to the Utah STEM Action Center to develop and deploy a mobile classroom, which will allow students and teachers across Utah to have access to fun and engaging STEM curricula. The mobile classroom is currently under construction and will be on the road starting in the fall of 2016. Once available, the program is expected to reach more than 300,000 Utah students each year.
North Dakota Safety Council
In 2015, the Tesoro Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to the North Dakota Safety Council to help construct and equip a state-of-the-art safety campus and training center. The safety campus will feature a hands-on training lab that offers safety courses in industries such as construction, mining, and oil and gas. Slated to be the first of its kind in North Dakota, the mission of the Safety Campus aligns with our commitment to safety training and safe operations