Texaco Press Release - A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., to Advise Texaco on Diversity Matters
FOR RELEASE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1996.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 26 - Texaco Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter I. Bijur today announced a formal agreement with Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, to serve as an advisor to provide counsel and guidance as Texaco undertakes a formal review of the company's human resource and diversity policies and practices. On November 6, 1996, Bijur announced that he would ask Judge Higginbotham for assistance in addressing concerns of tolerance and opportunity in the workforce.
Commenting on the move, Bijur stated, "I want to ensure that Texaco's policies prohibiting discrimination in the workplace are not mere rhetoric. As we move forward, Judge Higginbotham will evaluate our practices and make recommendations as to what our programs should be in the future. Our common goal is to transform our company to be a model of fairness, without discrimination in the workplace."
A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., is Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, counsel to the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison law firm and Public Service Professor of Jurisprudence at Harvard University. The Judge is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the nation's highest civilian honor; the National Human Relations Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the National Urban League Award for outstanding contributions towards the goal of equal opportunity and the 81st NAACP Spingarn Medal for the highest and noblest achievement by an African American. He is author of In the Matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process, and the recently published Shades of Freedom.
Judge Higginbotham stated: "I look forward to working with Texaco and to using my talents for the future resolution of these problems. I am confident that Texaco wants to eradicate any of the inequitable vestiges of the past and make the company a model of equity and fairness. I have had decades of intimate relationships with many civil rights groups and I have monitored national settlements where substantial progress occurred in eliminating racial and gender bias." He continued, "I shall support all rational options that are available. For us, meaningful results will be more important than headlines and extensive public commentary."
Updated: November 1996