Investing in Our Communities
At Tesoro, we believe an important measure of our success is the difference we make in the communities where we live and work. We are committed to collaborating with our neighbors, area leaders, and local nonprofit organizations and businesses to create cleaner, safer and well-educated communities surrounding the Los Angeles Refinery and our other Southern California operations.
By aligning our philanthropic investments in a way that serves our communities’ needs, harnesses our employees’ passions and interests and aligns with our business goals and objectives, we hope to create Shared Value for us and the communities where we operate. We focus our community investment primarily on supporting the following areas:
- S.T.E.M Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
- Public Safety
- Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
In 2014 and 2015, Tesoro’s Los Angeles Refinery contributed more than $1 million dollars to nonprofit and civic organizations in Wilmington, Carson and Long Beach, and we are committed to continuing our community investment initiatives. In addition to the refinery’s contributions, we encourage our employees and contractors to be involved in their communities through donations of their time, talent and resources, and we provide structured programs like Dollars for Doers to support these efforts.
Some organizations and programs the Los Angeles Refinery supports include:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Carson, Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor
- Los Alamitos Education Foundation Robotics Program
- The Nonprofit Partnership (Long Beach)
- YMCA – Wilmington
- Special Olympics of Southern California
- Aquarium of the Pacific
- Sharefest Beautification and Clean-up Projects in Wilmington
- Emergency Preparedness Workshop in partnership with the American Red Cross and LAUSD Board President
- Feast in the Park
- Toy and Book Drives
- Rebuilding Long Beach
- National Society for High School Scholars
- International Trade Education Program
Community Advisory Panel (CAP)
Tesoro acquired our Los Angeles Refinery’s Wilmington operations in 2007, and we’ve sponsored a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) consisting of refinery representatives, residents, scholastic leaders, business community members and elected officials from the Wilmington community for nearly eight years. Participants from the Carson community joined in 2013, when we acquired the Los Angeles Refinery’s Carson operations. The CAP meets quarterly to discuss community events, Tesoro activities, safety and emergency response, and general concerns, and CAP members serve as liaisons between the refinery and community.