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"Chevron's toxic and deadly legacy of human rights and environmental violations should disqualify the company from being honored by the State Department. Don't give Chevron the Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence."

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Dear 5849376,

Chevron – the massive oil and natural gas company with a deadly and toxic legacy around the globe – could be honored by the U.S. State Department next week for its "corporate excellence."1

The State Department will be announcing the winner of its corporate excellence award on Tuesday, so we need to act fast to make sure Chevron doesn't receive this grossly undeserved honor from the U.S. government.

Tell the State Department: Don't honor Chevron for its "corporate excellence." Click here to sign the petition.

Chevron was selected as a finalist for the State Department's award for its work in Burma, where its primary involvement has been the construction of the Yadana Gas Pipeline – a project that "has been marred by serious and widespread human rights abuses committed by pipeline security forces on behalf of the companies, including forced labor, land confiscation, forced relocation, rape, torture and murder."2

Honoring Chevron with the Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence would send a dangerous signal to other corporations that there are no consequences for egregious human rights and environmental violations.

Sign the petition: Tell the State Department not to give Chevron its "corporate excellence" award. Click here to sign the petition.

Burma may be one of the most egregious examples of Chevron's disregard for human life and our planet, but wherever Chevron does business – from California to countries like Ecuador, Nigeria and Kazakhstan – local residents and the environment pay the consequences in the form of dangerously polluted water and toxic air emissions.

  • In Richmond, California, where Chevron has been repeatedly cited for safety and regulatory violations, a huge fire at the company's century-old refinery sent more than 15,000 local residents to hospitals with respiratory issues and other health problems.3

  • In Ecuador, local residents filed a class action lawsuit against Chevron for illegally dumping 18 billion gallons of polluted water into rivers in the Amazonian rainforest, causing local cancer rates to spike.4

  • In Nigeria, local villagers sued Chevron for its highly-polluting practice of flaring – or burning off – excess natural gas at its oil drilling operations. "These fires do not help us; they do not make crops grow or improve our health. In fact, it is the opposite. They destroy both our health and our environment," the counsel for the plaintiff explained after the case was settled for an undisclosed sum in June.5

  • On top of these examples, Chevron's entire business model is dependent on extracting and burning the fossil fuels that are fueling runaway climate change. Putting the welfare of human civilization at risk just to maximize profits is the opposite of corporate excellence – and it shouldn't be rewarded by the U.S. State Department.

    Tell the State Department: Don't honor Chevron for its "corporate excellence." Click here to sign the petition.

    Thank you for taking action.

    Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
    CREDO Action from Working Assets

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    1. " 2014 Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence Finalists Selected," U.S. Department of State, November 19, 2014.
    2. "The Yadana Pipeline," Earthrights International.
    3. "Richmond: Thousands more sue Chevron over refinery fire," Contra Costa Times, August 13, 2013.
    4. "Chevron fined for Amazon pollution by Ecuador court," BBC, February 15, 2011.
    5. "Chevron Settles with Nigerian Villagers Seeking Information on Gas Flaring Harms," Earthrights International, June 16, 2014.

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