Chevron partners with groups like Opportunity Fund and Inner City Advisors. With our support, these organizations are able to increase resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
California’s largest nonprofit microlender and a national leader in microsavings, Opportunity Fund serves both the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Chevron’s partnership with Opportunity Fund began in 2009. In 2012, through our partnership, Opportunity Fund provided microloans and business support to 370 small business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area and to more than 900 entrepreneurs in California. Since July 2013, nearly 2,000 local-business owners and employees have participated in and benefited from this project.
Chevron has supported Inner City Advisors (ICA) for nearly a decade. ICA, with the help of Chevron’s support, expands the creation of good jobs for people with high barriers to employment by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses to grow their operations.
The Appalachia Partnership Initiative is a $20 million effort designed to address education and workforce development in 27 counties across southwest Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.
In coordination with founding partners, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and RAND Corporation, the initiative is part of a long-term regional commitment to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and further develop a highly-skilled workforce for the energy and manufacturing industries.
In 2010, Chevron launched the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation, which was established to help increase income, employment and equitable economic growth in Nigeria by building public-private partnerships. The foundation has launched three pilot projects to create jobs and increase income for Niger Delta residents within the aquaculture, cassava and palm oil agricultural sectors. Programs emphasize coordination among farmers, producers, government agencies and banks. The foundation is using demonstration ponds located near the initiative’s Economic Development Center in Warri to train fish farmers to improve their yields.
To date, NDPI has trained more than 5,500 people, including 400 local business owners and employees, created more than 600 jobs and established 172 partnerships. Ten thousand people have benefited directly from NDPI.
Our initial success has encouraged other prominent international organizations to get involved, generating an additional $50 million in funding. And, in 2014, Chevron committed an additional $40 million to NDPI over the next five years, bringing the total resources generated by the initiative to $140 million.
In Indonesia, we are committed to developing a strong workforce by hiring as well as training local people and by helping local businesses develop the skills and capabilities they need in order to meet industry standards and provide goods and services to Chevron and other oil and gas producers.
We collaborate with local government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and development agencies to identify high-impact, sustainable workforce development opportunities in the area. Our partnerships have enabled us to successfully hire, train and retain our own employees and also to develop programs to build capacity within the broader local communities.
Since 2001, the program has resulted in more than 6,100 contracts awarded to local Indonesian companies and the creation of approximately 41,000 jobs.
For more than 10 years, Chevron has partnered with Pact in Myanmar to improve the health of more than 500,000 people. Through the Sustainable Health and Empowerment (SHINE) program, Pact and Chevron have reached more than 169,000 people in 245 villages with integrated health and livelihood support.
In May 2014, Chevron/UNOCAL Myanmar signed a Public-Private Partnership agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Pact Myanmar to launch phase two of the SHINE program. This $3 million, three-year project is focused on women’s economic empowerment through the establishment of Village Health and Development Funds, which will focus on maternal, newborn and child health, tuberculosis, water and sanitation, and financial empowerment of women in target communities.
We participate in Inclusão Comunitária, Com.domínio Digital, and Enter Jovem Plus to improve job opportunities by providing personal skills development and professional training for Brazilian women and young people who want to generate more income for their families. To date, these programs have benefited nearly 2,400 people.
In Kazakhstan, we partner with Women’s Entrepreneurship, which aims to empower Kazakh women — who face high unemployment — by providing educational opportunities and supporting development of small and medium-sized enterprises. We’re also developing a $30 million initiative for young people that will include a youth center and education, wellness and vocational awareness programs.
Chevron partners with Save the Children to improve livelihoods for women in the Mekong Delta by providing financial training and microloans. More than 1,270 women benefited from the program in 2010.