Chevron Press Release - Chevron Joins World Community In Mourning Loss of Rev. Leon Sullivan
SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, 2001 -- Reacting to the death of Rev. Leon Sullivan, Chevron Chairman David O'Reilly said, "We are very saddened. The world has lost a true humanitarian and I've lost a good friend." Rev. Sullivan died yesterday at age 78.
The author of the Sullivan Principles, a code of corporate ethics, Rev. Sullivan expanded the scope of those principles in 1999 to the Global Sullivan Principles and Chevron was one of the early endorsers.
"Leon Sullivan dedicated his life to helping millions of people throughout the world," said O'Reilly. "His warmth and sense of humor were infectious as was his dedication to causes that improve the quality of life of people of all races and cultures."
Rev. Sullivan founded the Opportunities Industrialization Centers that have created jobs for more than a million youth in 130 U.S. cities and eight countries, and the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help that has provided training for workers and farmers and established literacy education for more than five million people throughout Africa.
"Leon Sullivan and Chevron had a special relationship," said O'Reilly. "His accomplishments are legendary and he has left a legacy that is not only a challenge, but also a responsibility to continue the work he began. He will be sorely missed."
Updated: April 2001