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Chevron Press Release - Chevron One of First International Corporations To Sign

Photo of Vice Chairman Dave O'Reilly and the Rev. Leon Sullivan

Vice Chairman Dave O'Reilly (right) presents the Rev. Leon Sullivan with a token of appreciation from Chevron at the African African-American Summit.

ACCRA, Ghana, May 20 -- Chevron is one of the first official signatories of the new Global Sullivan Principles, the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan and the company announced today at the African-African American Summit in Accra. Developed by Sullivan, the Global Principles promote business support for human rights, economic justice, racial and gender equality, sustainable development and a healthy environment.

"We at Chevron are extremely proud to sign this remarkable document," said Chevron Vice Chairman David J. O'Reilly, a participant at the Summit. "The values expressed by Reverend Sullivan set high standards that are well aligned with the values shared by all Chevron employees and are explicitly stated in ‘The Chevron Way,' our values statement."

Introduced during the African-African American Summit, these Global Principles follow the Sullivan Principles by nearly a quarter century. Then pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Sullivan developed a code of conduct for American businesses and institutions operating or investing in the Republic of South Africa.

Caltex, an affiliate in which Chevron holds a 50 percent interest and which operates in South Africa, was a signatory to the original Sullivan Principles. The Global Principles take a broader perspective, yet touch on similar ethical issues. They ask corporations to respect the voluntary association of employees. They ask signatories to work with communities to improve the quality of life in those areas, and to train and provide opportunities for workers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Among other things, the Principles also intend to promote fair competition and the respect of property rights.

"We at Chevron were privileged to see an early draft of the Principles, and told Reverend Sullivan we'd be honored to sign," said O'Reilly during remarks at the Summit's Plenary Session. "Consequently, we're delighted to be an official signatory on the day of the Principles' formal introduction."

The Global Sullivan Principles

Feb. 1, 1999


The objectives of the Global Sullivan Principles are to support economic, social and political justice by companies where they do business; to support human rights and to encourage equal opportunity at all levels of employment, including racial and gender diversity on decision making committees and boards; to train and advance disadvantaged workers for technical, supervisory and management opportunities; and to assist with greater tolerance and understanding among peoples; thereby, helping to improve the quality of life for communities, workers and children with dignity and equality.

I urge companies large and small in every part of the world to support and follow the Global Sullivan Principles of corporate social responsibility wherever they have operations.

The Rev. Leon H. Sullivan


As a company which endorses the Global Sullivan Principles we will respect the law, and as a responsible member of society we will apply these Principles with integrity consistent with the legitimate role of business. We will develop and implement company policies, procedures, training and internal reporting structures to ensure commitment to these principles throughout our organization. We believe the application of these Principles will achieve greater tolerance and better understanding among peoples, and advance the culture of peace.

Accordingly, we will:

  • Express our support for universal human rights and, particularly, those of our employees, the communities within which we operate, and parties with whom we do business.
  • Promote equal opportunity for our employees at all levels of the company with respect to issues such as color, race, gender, age, ethnicity or religious beliefs, and operate without unacceptable worker treatment such as the exploitation of children, physical punishment, female abuse, involuntary servitude, or other forms of abuse.
  • Respect our employees' voluntary freedom of association.
  • Compensate our employees to enable them to meet at least their basic needs and provide the opportunity to improve their skill and capability in order to raise their social and economic opportunities.
  • Provide a safe and healthy workplace; protect human health and the environment; and promote sustainable development.
  • Promote fair competition including respect for intellectual and other property rights, and not offer, pay or accept bribes.
  • Work with governments and communities in which we do business to improve the quality of life in those communities - their educational, cultural, economic and social well-being - and seek to provide training and opportunities for workers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Promote the application of these principles by those with whom we do business.

We will be transparent in our implementation of these principles and provide information which demonstrates publicly our commitment to them.

Updated: May 1999