Chevron has a long history of corporate responsibility successes around the globe, and is proud to bring its commitment to corporate responsibility to Liberia.
In all the countries where Chevron operates, it invests in projects that help deliver better social, environmental and economic outcomes because it recognizes that business success is deeply linked to human progress.
In 2010, when Chevron Liberia Ltd. was granted approval by the Liberian government to acquire a 70 percent interest and operatorship in three deepwater blocks off the coast of Monrovia, the company created the Chevron-Liberia Economic Development (C-LED) Initiative.Through this five-year effort, Chevron has committed to social investment programs designed to improve lives by focusing on three strategic areas: health, education and economic development.
The C-LED Initiative works with governmental and nongovernmental organizations operating in Liberia and aligns with the country's national agenda to reduce poverty. C-LED is already making a difference: through the end of 2013, it has executed 55 projects across the nation. Since its establishment, more than half a million children have received immunizations, more than half a million patients have received heath care, and hundreds of thousands of people gained improved access to clean water and sanitation.
C-LED has also provided business loans or skills training to more than 5,000 women and enabled access to improved facilities to more than 5,000 students. Dozens of patients have also benefited from life-changing surgeries that repaired burn injuries as well as cleft lift and cleft palate."Every project we implement is designed to be effective, high-impact and sustainable so it can grow over the years," said Karl Cottrell, country manager for Chevron Liberia Ltd. "We are privileged to play a part in this remarkable country's ever brighter future."
C-LED projects are being welcomed by community groups, attracting additional resources and support from locally focused organizations, and being successfully expanded beyond the capital city of Monrovia. Proposed projects are rigorously assessed against established investment criteria and continuously monitored and evaluated with each project partner as they are implemented.
Chevron asks for matching funds or in-kind donations from its partners to enable greater impact and lasting results. Through 2013, more than $14 million has been committed to C-LED projects. Chevron's social programs in Liberia go beyond C-LED. In early 2012, the company announced a five-year agreement with Texas Children's Hospital of Houston, Texas, to expand the hospital's Global Health Corps initiative.
The program brings American doctors to the most medically underserved populations in Africa to provide pediatric and maternal health care and professional health care training. Through this program, specialists sponsored by Chevron serve assignments at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.
Chevron's corporate responsibility work in Liberia hasn't gone unnoticed. In 2013, Chevron and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf were awarded the Hope for Liberia Award by the nonprofit Youth Action International, and the company was also awarded the Corporate Partnership Award by the YMCA.
For Chevron, successfully doing business in Africa, including Liberia, is about collaboration and partnership – with local and national governments, nonprofits, communities and nongovernmental organizations – with the belief that where people flourish, business will thrive.