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we work to advance the UN’s sustainable development goals as part of our commitment to enable human progress around the world

In September 2015, all 193 United Nations (U.N.) member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs set a global agenda for overcoming poverty, protecting the planet, and promoting peace and prosperity.

Chevron safely develops and delivers the affordable, reliable and cleaner energy that is necessary for social and economic progress. Guided by this purpose, our work makes progress a reality for millions of people in the communities we serve.

Energy drives human progress. In particular, developing countries need affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy to create jobs, improve health and education, and improve lives. Affordable energy will enable countries to grow their economies and meet the SDGs.

We are proud to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which we view as a system of targets and objectives that build on each other to achieve a more sustainable future and make progress toward the global 2030 agenda. We believe the next decade will be full of partnership, action and growth, and we are well-positioned to be part of the solution: Chevron is a company full of doers with a long history of solving complex challenges, and we will continue to innovate for the future.


Meeting the 2030 global agenda will require partnership, innovation and action; we are well-positioned to be part of the solution.

Chevron touches all 17 SDGs through our day-to-day operations, partnership initiatives and social investment opportunities; however, we focus on five goals that identify where we believe we can make our greatest contribution. We work with key partners, communities and industry groups to maximize positive outcomes and continually deepen our understanding of sustainable development.

Goal 1: No poverty
Globally, 1.1 billion people are without electricity and more than 2.5 billion people burn solid fuels to cook their food. The delivery of affordable, reliable energy is critical to global economic growth and stability.
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Chevron is a partner in the Niger Delta’s Aquaculture Project, helping support food production by promoting best practices in local fish farming.
Goal 3: good health and well-being
Our Australia business unit partnered with Telethon Speech & Hearing to improve ear health among aboriginal children across the West Pilbara. Since the partnership began in 2011, the number of aboriginal children under the age of 7 affected by middle-ear diseases in the Pilbara has dropped from 51 to 33 percent.
Goal 4: quality education
Chevron Philippines launched the Caltex Training in Occupational Opportunities for Life Skills (TOOLS) to provide skills training on welding and scaffolding to disadvantaged youth from the San Pascual, Batangas community.
Goal 5: gender equality
Chevron is committed to providing equal pay for equal work, and a 2018 study of U.S. employees found that women are paid 99.9 percent of what men are paid and that minorities are paid 99.9 percent of what non-minorities are paid.
Goal 6: clean water and sanitation
We responsibly manage our water resources by reusing water that is available to us. Our Upstream operations reuse approximately 75 percent of the water that is brought to the surface when extracting oil and gas.
Goal 7: affordable and clean energy
Chevron plays a vital role in helping meet the world’s energy needs by improving energy access, increasing energy efficiency and supporting sustainable energy technologies.
Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
The Jibika project, under our Bangladesh Partnership Initiative, was designed to promote entrepreneurship for sustainable income growth among the poor and marginalized farming households around the Chevron-operated gas fields.
Goal 9: industry, innovation and infrastructure
By developing an utilizing local goods and services, Tengizchevroil (TC) helps drives Kazakhstan’s economic development. In 2019, TCO spent more than $3.5 billion with local businesses.
Goal 10: reduced inequalities
Our partnership with the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative has driven more than $100 million in investments within the Niger Delta region, facilitating the creation of more than 8,000 jobs and increasing farmers’ income by $28 million.
Goal 11: sustainable cities and communities
Chevron’s investment in New Mexico’s Questa Economic Development Fund has become a key component of efforts to transition the city to a sustainable and diverse post-mining economy.
Goal 12: responsible consumption and production
In 2017 and 2018, more than 99 percent of the water used in our Permian Basin well completion is from nonfresh and recycled water sources.
Goal 13: climate action
Chevron has invested approximately $1.1 billion in carbon capture, utilization and storage projects. These projects are expected to reduce GHG emissions by about 5 million metric tons per year, roughly equivalent to the GHG emissions of 620,000 U.S. homes’ annual electricity usage.
Goal 14: life below water
During Chevron’s 2018 Humankind Campaign, volunteers from our Gulf of Mexico business unit and Oronite prepared and packed more than 50 tons of recycled oyster shells. The shells are used to create a new, living reef, which in turn helps protect and preserve Gulf Coast shorelines.
Goal 15: life on land
A powerful monitoring tool called environmental DNA (eDNA) detects the occurrence of species through DNA fragments in the environment. Chevron uses this technology to identify and manage the potential impacts of our operations on sensitive biological resources.
Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions
Chevron’s Human Rights Policy complies with the Voluntary Principles, a set of principles designed to guide companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that encourages respect for human rights.
Goal 17: partnerships for the goals
Our partnership initiatives around the world, including the US, Nigeria and Thailand, strengthen local economies through programs that provide microloan services, that focus on enterprise and workforce development, and that improve education.

Updated: May 2020