Chevron and the UN SDGs: The Business of Progress

Dec 16, 2019 2:15 PM ET

Chevron and the SDGs

In September 2015, all 193 United Nations (U.N.) member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs set a global agenda for overcoming poverty, protecting the planet, and promoting peace and prosperity.

Chevron safely develops and delivers the affordable, reliable and cleaner energy that is necessary for social and economic progress. Guided by this purpose, our work makes progress a reality for millions of people in the communities we serve.

Energy is critical for creating opportunities for all people. Emerging countries need reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to create jobs, provide access to health and education, and improve lives. Chevron plays a vital role in helping meet the world’s energy needs by improving energy access, increasing energy efficiency and supporting sustainable energy technologies.

1. No Poverty

Globally, 1.1 billion people are without electricity and more than 2.5 billion people burn solid fuels to cook their food. The delivery of affordable, reliable energy is critical to global economic growth and stability.

2. Zero Hunger

Chevron is a partner in the Niger Delta’s Aquaculture Project, helping support food production by promoting best practices in local fish farming.

3. Good Health and Well-being

Our Australia business unit partnered with Telethon Speech & Hearing to improve ear health among aboriginal children across the West Pilbara. Since the partnership began in 2011, the number of aboriginal children under the age of 7 affected by middle-ear diseases in the Pilbara has dropped from 51 to 33 percent.

4. Quality Education

Chevron Philippines launched the Caltex Training in Occupational Opportunities for Life Skills (TOOLS) to provide skills training on welding and scaffolding to disadvantaged youth from the San Pascual, Batangas community.

5. Gender Equality

Chevron is committed to providing equal pay for equal work, and a 2018 study of U.S. employees found that women are paid 99.9 percent of what men are paid and that minorities are paid 99.9 percent of what non-minorities are paid

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

We responsibly manage our water resources by reusing water that is available to us. Our Upstream operations reuse approximately 75 percent of the water that is brought to the surface when extracting oil and gas.

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Chevron plays a vital role in helping meet the world’s energy needs by improving energy access, increasing energy efficiency and supporting sustainable energy technologies.

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

The Jibika project, under our Bangladesh Partnership Initiative, was designed to promote entrepreneurship for sustainable income growth among the poor and marginalized farming households around the Chevron-operated gas fields.

9. Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

By developing an utilizing local goods and services, Tengizchevroil (TC) helps drives Kazakhstan’s economic development. In 2019, TCO spent more than $3.5 billion with local businesses.

10. Reduced Inequalities

Our partnership with the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative has driven more than $100 million in investments within the Niger Delta region, facilitating the creation of more than 8,000 jobs and increasing farmers’ income by $28 million.

11. Sustainable Communitites 

Chevron’s investment in New Mexico’s Questa Economic Development Fund has become a key component of efforts to transition the city to a sustainable and diverse post-mining economy.

12. Responsible Consulption and Production

In 2017 and 2018, more than 99 percent of the water used in our Permian Basin well completion is from nonfresh and recycled water sources.

13. Climate Action

Chevron has invested approximately $1.1 billion in carbon capture, utilization and storage projects. These projects are expected to reduce GHG emissions by about 5 million metric tons per year, roughly equivalent to the GHG emissions of 620,000 U.S. homes’ annual electricity usage.

14. Life Below Water

During Chevron’s 2018 Humankind Campaign, volunteers from our Gulf of Mexico business unit and Oronite prepared and packed more than 50 tons of recycled oyster shells. The shells are used to create a new, living reef, which in turn helps protect and preserve Gulf Coast shorelines.

15. Life on Land

A powerful monitoring tool called environmental DNA (eDNA) detects the occurrence of species through DNA fragments in the environment. Chevron uses this technology to identify and manage the potential impacts of our operations on sensitive biological resources.

16. Peace Justice and Strong Instyitutions

Chevron’s Human Rights Policy complies with the Voluntary Principles, a set of principles designed to guide companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that encourages respect for human rights.

17. Parnerships for The Goals

Our partnership initiatives around the world, including the US, Nigeria and Thailand, strengthen local economies through programs that provide microloan services, that focus on enterprise and workforce development, and that improve education.