building local capacity
We are committed to having a workforce that reflects the communities where we operate. In 2015, 93 percent of our employees worked in their home countries. We train the local people we hire, developing their skills and capabilities, and we have many programs in place that build capacity within the broader local communities.
We use customized approaches to develop national and local content for our major capital projects and our ongoing operations. Our processes are grounded in lasting partnerships. We collaborate with national and local governments, national oil companies, nongovernmental organizations, and development agencies to identify high-impact, sustainable supplier and workforce development opportunities. We do this within our own supply chain and our contractors’ supply chains. In Indonesia, where we have operated for 90 years and are the country’s largest oil producer, a local business development program we launched in 2001 has resulted in more than 6,900 contracts awarded to local Indonesian companies, creating nearly 48,000 jobs.
After local companies are identified, we design and implement programs to help them meet industry standards and provide goods and services to Chevron and other oil and gas producers. Metrics are agreed upon with our partners and suppliers to make sure that desired outcomes – in terms of quality, timeliness and cost – are achieved.
In Kazakhstan, where Chevron has a 50 percent interest in the Tengizchevroil (TCO) joint venture, the country’s largest private oil producer, we work with local companies to improve their ability to qualify as a TCO supplier. For example, TCO has worked extensively with MontazhSpetsStroy JSC (MSS), a 100 percent Kazakhstani-owned and -operated engineering, procurement and construction company, to upgrade the firm’s health, environment and safety practices to meet TCO’s standards. As a result of that effort, MSS recently won a second contract with TCO and is on track to further build its safety capabilities and skills. In 2015, TCO spent $2.4 billion on goods and services that qualify as local content, which represents 51 percent of TCO’s total goods and services spend in Kazakhstan.
In 2015, we spent nearly $800 million on goods and services from woman- and minority-owned businesses in the United States and more than $2 billion on goods and services from U.S.-based small businesses.
In Australia, from 2009 to 2014, we created 19,000 jobs, awarded nearly 1,000 contracts to local companies and committed more than $5 billion to Australian goods and services.
Chevron is committed to supporting the economic development of the Richmond, California, community and is proud to sponsor the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Regional Occupational Program (ROP). This program offers two separate courses that provide free job training and equip residents with the skills to compete for well-paying jobs, including technical jobs at Chevron’s Richmond Refinery. ROP courses help students develop strong communication skills, strengthen analytical skills and teach individuals how to work productively both independently and as part of a team.