partnerships for development — advancing economic progress and prosperity
At the second annual Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) Global Development Forum in Washington, D.C., Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production President Steve Green discussed the role of the private sector—including Chevron—in promoting development around the world.
CSIS, a bipartisan, nonprofit public policy research institution, holds the forum as part of the U.S. Leadership in Development project, an eight-year partnership between Chevron and CSIS that was launched in 2011. The partnership, which focuses on helping to generate new ideas and innovative approaches to global development, with a special focus on the role of the private sector, highlights Chevron’s longstanding commitment to host countries and communities and provides a positive platform for Chevron to engage with policymakers and stakeholders. The 2016 forum featured more than 30 leaders representing the business, government and nongovernmental sectors.
“From our perspective, it starts with strong partnerships and strong connections to the local communities,” said Green. “After all, healthy and stable communities make the best business environments.”
In addition to speaking on a panel and providing opening remarks at the forum, Green authored an essay, published in the Global Development Monitor, about Chevron’s use of partnerships to enable successful business operations throughout the communities where we operate.
“In communities where we operate, Chevron works to develop strategic partnerships with local governments, nongovernmental organizations and community leaders and collaborates on solutions to locally identified needs,” wrote Green. “In these cases, the most effective partnerships tend to harness a shared energy and enthusiasm while enhancing practices that put local communities at the center when determining needs and priorities.”
Green noted that partnerships are essential to building healthier communities and increasing jobs and incomes because a multistakeholder approach helps meet local societal needs better. By working with the United States Agency for International Development and other agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), partners can bring their own skills and expertise to find solutions and create impact. For example, Chevron can offer engineering and capital management skills, and other partners can offer expertise in health and education.
Chevron’s partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region exemplify Green’s points:
- In Thailand, Chevron partnered with NGOs, academia, the Thai government and the private sector to launch the Thailand Partnership Initiative (TPI). Known locally as Enjoy Science, the five-year program focuses on strengthening Thailand’s competitiveness and innovation by improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as well as vocational education.
- Similarly, the Bangladesh Partnership Initiative was created to promote economic stability and accelerate sustainable growth in Bangladesh. The initiative is a five-year, $10 million commitment to engage government and private sector enterprises in assessing local needs and establishing workforce development programs.
- In Myanmar, Chevron partners with the NGO PACT for our Sustainable Health Improvement and Empowerment (SHINE) program, which helps reduce local incidents of malaria, TB/HIV and dengue fever. SHINE has benefited more than a million people.
- The Walk Wise program in China is a road safety program that has helped more than 24,000 schoolchildren understand the dangers faced by pedestrians on rural roads.
“By working together and leveraging our respective core competencies and skill sets, we have a far better chance of achieving our shared development goals while creating a successful environment for private enterprise and the communities where we operate,” said Green.
Published: June 2016