Chevron Receives Global Business Coalition's Leadership Award for Business Excellence
SAN RAMON, Calif., June 24, 2009 - Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) will be recognized this evening by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC) for its longstanding commitment to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria around the world. Chevron will receive the GBC's prestigious Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Business Leadership in recognition of the company's global public health programs.
The award recognizes Chevron's leadership in delivering customized workplace and community-based health education, awareness-building, prevention and treatment programs across the company's worldwide operations. Chevron's global public health programs continue to grow through the development of strategic partnerships and sustainable programs in communities around the world.
"These awards are given to an elite group of companies who set the standard for excellence in business action to defeat disease," said GBC President and CEO John Tedstrom. "They show what a business can do, and how to do it exceedingly effectively. We need more businesses to take this kind of action. The fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria cannot be won without the corporate sector stepping up and playing an active role — and Chevron is doing exactly the kind of thing that all companies can and should do. Chevron doesn't just talk, they take action. And their action saves lives."
"Chevron believes that helping to eradicate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is a clear example of how long-term business interests and commitment to corporate responsibility are intrinsically linked," said Dr. Richard Wilkins, Chevron's general manager of Health and Medical Services. "With more than 62,000 employees and business operations around the world — including some of the most severely affected by these health crises — responding to these epidemics is a vitally important responsibility for our company."
Chevron has been a leader in the fight for global health. In 2008, the company became the first Corporate Champion of The Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — committing $30 million over three years to Global Fund activities to help control and eradicate these diseases in Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Chevron also partnered with Vestergaard Frandsen to manufacture special anti-malaria-treated curtains for windows and doors for the company's entire Angolan workforce. As a result of the distribution of 90,000 treated curtains and other prevention and education efforts, malaria cases among Chevron's Angolan workforce dropped by more than 70 percent and the number of days away from work dropped from more than 1,000 to fewer than 300. Additionally, among Chevron's employees and dependents in Angola there has not been a single case of a mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in more than two years.
Chevron also partnered with North Star Foundation to establish an HIV/AIDS Roadside Wellness Center at the heavily trafficked Oshoek border post between Swaziland and South Africa. In 2008, the center provided HIV/AIDS prevention education, distributed condoms, and offered basic medical tests and services to 4,500 drivers and the surrounding community. Chevron employees also have demonstrated their support for company-sponsored HIV/AIDS programs by contributing to Chevron's AIDS quilts and participating in AIDS walks in San Francisco, Houston, and Balikpapan, Indonesia. This year, Chevron reported that, as of December 2008, more than 8,000 managers and 15,000 employees have participated in the company's global HIV/AIDS training program that provides awareness and prevention training. Chevron also reported that awareness of the company's HIV/AIDS policy and prevention techniques increased from 55 percent to 77 percent.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
Updated: June 2009