Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business around the globe. Our success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. We explore for, produce and transport crude oil and natural gas; refine, market and distribute transportation fuels and other energy products; manufacture and sell petrochemical products; generate power and produce geothermal energy; provide energy-efficiency solutions; and develop and commercialize the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
Global Fund Corporate Champions
In 2008 Chevron became the first Corporate Champion for the Global Fund to fight HIV, Malaria & Tuberculosis. This partnership includes a three-year $30 million commitment which will directly benefit six highly impacted countries (Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand) where Chevron has operations.
The Company's program was developed in 1997 with the global policy taking effect in 2005. In 2006 the program was expanded globally and consists of:
The Chevron global HIV/AIDS policy is the basis for our HIV/AIDS efforts. The Policy, developed in 2004 and announced in 2005, applies to all Chevron employees worldwide. The policy has specific components that address non-discrimination, pre-employment HIV testing, employment benefits, confidentiality, treatment and support, partnerships, workplace programs, and community programs.
Awareness and Education
Leaflets and posters and other awareness materials are produced locally for our workforce and the community. Print material addresses sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS and safer sex, condom use, and stigma reduction. Different material is used for different age ranges, gender, education level and is also sensitive to local cultural issues such as language and religion.
In certain highly impacted locations peer group education programs have been established, recruiting employees that are trained to co-facilitate our HIV/AIDS awareness training. In Africa and Asia, we have developed awareness sessions that target school age children in our communities.
HIV/AIDS awareness training is available to employees globally in both computer and instructor lead versions. Training for Chevron managers is required and should be retaken every two years. All training includes modules on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, awareness of company HIV/AIDS Policy, and stigma reduction. Additionally, manager training includes a module specific to the company HIV/AIDS policy and the role of managers in supporting the policy.
As well as the safer sex messages in the education sessions, the program actively promotes condom use. The program encourages participants to develop their own strategies for improved reproductive health through its 'ABCD' Strategy- Abstain, Be mutually faithful, Condom use, Do get tested.
The Company provides access to STI treatment through benefit plans or company clinics and encourages the workforce to present for early treatment. In certain high impact locations STI and HIV/AIDS education materials promoting the services of the Chevron medical unit are distributed to the local community and sex workers, as well as the workforce.
In Angola and Nigeria, Chevron also provides services to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV, offering voluntary counseling and testing, short-course antiretroviral therapy (ARVs), and counseling on breast-feeding. These efforts have significantly reduced mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the target populations.
As supported by the company HIV/AIDS policy all employees and eligible dependents have access to treatment either through benefit plans or company clinics. In some locations company clinics offer prophylaxis against and treatment for opportunistic infections to the surrounding community.
The Company's response has been developed along with key partners: company management; trade unions; the Center for Adolescent Research Education and Sexuality (CARES); the Nigeria Action Committee on AIDS (NACA); Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation: and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Motivation for action
In developing its program, Chevron conducted a base-line Situation Analysis survey to identify priorities. Through questionnaires and focus groups and detailed interviews, the Company identified the circumstances in which HIV could be spread easily.
Chevron recognized the presence of commercial sex trade around some locations, and the high levels of sexually transmitted diseases detected in some of the Company's health clinics. It also understood the high level of risk in a mobile, well paid workforce. It would have been difficult for any outside agency to mount a response as effective as the Company was able to do. Senior management recognized that the Company had a unique role to play in implementing HIV prevention and care services for its direct workforce and local communities.
Results and lessons
The Company considers the program as cost-effective, through reducing health costs and investing in a workforce that will be less at risk to HIV infection. Chevron recognizes that a healthy workforce is more productive and that our employees are our most valuable asset, keeping them physically and emotionally healthy is the Chevron Way. Costs have been kept down through developing multiple partnerships and leveraging internal knowledge and resources. Peer-education is seen as a long-term investment ensuring sustainability of the programs.
In Nigeria, within a year of starting the program the company observed a 40% reduction in STIs treated through their clinics, an increase in condom use to 75% of workers and 60% of local sex workers (from an overall rate of 14%) and a 65% increase in worker phone-ins and requests for counseling on HIV/AIDS. In locations where voluntary confidential testing is available after awareness training, 85% of participants get tested immediately. Globally, training has been completed by more than 30% of the workforce.
Chevron's approach acknowledges that the HIV risk of the workforce is inseparable from the HIV risk in the surrounding community and so embraced the wider group from the outset. Successful delivery also means tailoring and targeting interventions to meet the needs and challenges of multiple groups; male oil workers, a mobile workforce, multiple languages, multiple religions, spouses, partners, sex workers, and young people to name a few.
Chevron's tuberculosis program is primarily regional with efforts targeted at workforce and families located in countries with high TB prevalence and in facilities or worksites that may increase TB risk. The education and awareness materials are available to all employees across the globe. We are in the process of developing and expanding our TB awareness tools and resources. Our goal is to share these with our supply chain and local NGOs in targeted Chevron locations.
The purpose of the tuberculosis program is to: Improve awareness of tuberculosis among the workforce and families, prevent tuberculosis cases in high-risk populations, minimize the serious outcomes from all tuberculosis cases through early diagnosis and effective treatment, and to ensure a consistent approach to tuberculosis prevention and treatment across Chevron especially in high impact locations or targeted countries.
In 2009, Chevron deployed a situational analysis for regions with high TB prevalence or worksites with high risk for TB exposure. A functional work group that includes a variety of stakeholders was put together to address tuberculosis and determine our corporate level effort. Data gathered from the situation analysis was used to develop our Tuberculosis awareness training. The TB training will be available in computer based and instructor lead versions and will be approximately 30 min length. De-branded training suitable for sharing with supply chain companies, partners, and community groups is also under development.
Chevron's efforts to combat malaria occur at the regional and local business level, through corporate partnerships with governments, business, NGO's, and multilateral agencies. Chevron's largest malaria efforts are in Angola and in Nigeria. In Angola primary efforts are in the province of Cabinda which is the center of production operations for Chevron. Our other efforts include the capital city of Luanda. Total employee and dependant population in these two regions exceeds 10,000. In Nigeria, efforts are in the states of Lagos, Delta, Abuja, and Rivers. The program is also located in on- and off-shore platforms.
Chevron anti-malarial programs are based on the ABCD' strategy targeting Awareness, Bite prevention, Chemoprophylaxis, and Diagnosis. In addition, Chevron is collaborating with several companies to fight malaria, including through the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA). CAMA, formed in 2006, will be working with the Global Health Initiative of the World Economic Forum to implement the initiative's activities on behalf of the corporate partners.
In 2005 a company malaria policy was developed and applies to all employees and dependents traveling to sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of the policy and related malaria efforts is to improve awareness of malaria risks among all at risk populations, prevent malaria cases in non-immune populations, reduce the malaria transmission in the semi-immune population, minimize the serious outcomes from all malaria cases through early diagnosis and effective treatment, and to ensure a consistent approach to malaria prevention across all locations operating in sub-Saharan Africa.
Currently we have resources and educational material available online and in hard copy. Voluntary employee training will begin development in March 2010. Training will be available via computer based or instructor lead versions. (Approximately 45 min length) De-branded training for supply chain companies, partners, and community groups will be developed alongside employee version.
In Angola, Chevron partners with local governments in a community effort to distribute 14,500 long lasting insecticidal mosquito nets and provide in-home and school based malaria risk reduction education. Follow-up visits were conducted as needed to educate around standing water, home sealing and DEET repellent distribution.
Cabinda-based Chevron Volunteer Opportunities Program (CVOP) donated microscopes to help medical labs offer better services to the community. Chevron's three major clinics are equipped and staffed to diagnose malaria 24 hours per day. Thick smear, QBC, Rapid Test, and ICT are available. Rapid tests are available for offshore facilities to rapidly diagnose non-immune or semi-immune employees or contractors. All Chevron malaria ABCD material has been made available to local government health officials, combined with company supported training at public clinics.
In 2007 and 2008 with our partners VesterGaard, Chevron began distribution of 90,000 insecticide treated window and door curtains. the largest roll out for this type of impregnated curtain and the first in the world.
Chevron has a long history of supporting women and girls’ advancement. They are leveraging their strong support of HIV programs throughout the years to help achieve the global goals for prevention of maternal to child transmission of HIV.
In June 2011, Chevron committed $20 million to a new program UNAIDS and the US PEPFAR announced with the plan to cut HIV transmission from mothers to infants 90% by 2015. The new plan, announced at the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS in New York, spells out “specific policy and programmatic measures which countries will take to ensure that all pregnant women living with HIV have access to HIV prevention and treatment services,” UNAIDS says.
Some examples from Chevron’s support in specific countries on economic empowerment, education and health include:
Chevron Vietnam works with the nonprofit Save the Children in the Mekong Delta to support sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged women. Chevron’s commitment is designed to improve the economic status of 850 women in low-income households in the areas of animal husbandry, homestead gardening, aquaculture and service businesses. Assistance includes providing access to financial services, including loans and financial-skills training. The program engages local organizations, such as the women’s unions, and strengthens their ability to deliver services on an ongoing basis. These programs are being implemented in areas where Chevron’s gas-to-power project pipeline will be located.
Chevron Bangladesh and nonprofit employment organization Hathay Bunano partnered in 2009 to establish a training center for underprivileged women of Kamalganj, Moulavi Bazar. Hathay Bunano employs 3,500 artisans across a network of 33 rural cooperatives to create hand-knitted, crocheted and embroidered goods sold in markets around the world. The training gives women income-generating skills by creating sustainable, fairly paid, flexible and local employment opportunities.
Chevron also initiated a five-year, $250,000 scholarship program with the new Asian University for Women in southeast Bangladesh. It is the only university in Bangladesh exclusively for women. In 2009, the university enrolled its first undergraduates, with students from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
In Dunoon, South Africa, near Chevron’s Cape Town Refinery, Chevron collaborated with the Western Cape Department of Social Development and the nonprofit Heavenly Promise to create the center, which women from the Dunoon community manage and staff. The partnership provided project management training to the center’s staff, enabling the center to be highly successful – run by the community for the community. Watch the video at Chevron.com/Dunoon.
Brazil In December 2009, Chevron announced a partnership with USAID, local nongovernmental organizations and government agencies to improve job opportunities for women in Brazil. The three-year, $1.6 million program in Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo will provide training and job placement programs. The Project “Mãos na Massa – Mulheres na Construção Civil” (Hand at work - Women in the Civil Construction Industry) is aimed at helping women, aged 18 to 45, exposed to vulnerable situations and social risks, gain a professional qualification in the basics of the civil construction industry - as bricklayers, painters and carpenters.
As part of the Productive Leadership: Entrepreneur and small business training program Chevron and CESAP-BANAGE created the sub-project EMPREMUJER which teaches woman how to handle personal development; family life and business management at the same time. Local Chevron Women Network employees volunteer their time and expertise to support the program through key workshops and short presentations.