CHEVRON CORPORATION | Assess Effectiveness of Human Rights Policy Implementation at Chevron

22.18% votes in favour
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Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Social
ESG sub-theme
  • Human rights
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Shareholder proposal
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Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
Resolved: Shareholders request the Board of Directors commission an independent third-party report, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, evaluating how effectively the company implements its Human Rights Policy and other company efforts to prevent, mitigate, and remedy actual and potential human rights impacts of its operations. The third-party should provide an opportunity to civil society and human rights organizations to provide input, and the report should be made public on Chevron’s website.
Whereas clause
Whereas: Chevron operates in over 180 countries and is one of the highest greenhouse gas emitting companies in the world.1 Although Chevron commits to respecting human rights, its operations have been connected to significant human rights abuses that expose shareholders to financial, compliance, and reputational risks. An independent 2021 report examining 70 lawsuits against Chevron found that 65% of the cases involved “documented claims of severe human rights abuses, including torture, forced labor/slavery, rape, murder, and even genocide.”2 Communities surrounding Chevron operations in Nigeria,3 Kazakhstan,4 Ecuador5, and the US6 assert Chevron has failed to remediate oil spills, violated environmental protection laws, and fueled local conflict. Chevron’s existing policies, processes, and disclosure fail to address whether and how the company is effectively addressing material risks associated with human rights abuses, environmental damages, and poor community relations connected to its business operations. Chevron scored 33/100 on the 2023 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, notably receiving a score of 0 for monitoring and corrective actions. The benchmark noted “it is not clear how it monitors the implementation of its human rights policy commitments across its global operations.”7
Chevron has been accused of corrupt practices, including intimidating and harassing human rights defenders through the use of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs).8 A 2020 report reviewing 152 SLAPP cases from the fossil fuel industry found that Chevron was one of the most prolific users of the tactic.9 Chevron continues to deny responsibility for a $9.5 billion judgment against the company for decades of contamination in Ecuador.10 Chevron’s subsequent
drawn-out legal and reputational attacks on Ecuadorian plaintiffs’ attorney, Steven Donziger, exposes Chevron to significant reputational risk.11 The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention determined that Dozinger’s resulting detention amounted to arbitrary deprivation of liberty.12 Additionally, Chevron’s emissions contribute to the climate crisis, which disparately impacts people of color and furthers systemic racism.13 Chevron’s operations, discharges, and leaks disproportionately burden communities of color with pollution and human health risks.14 Chevron faces multiple lawsuits, including from Delaware,15 Oakland, CA16, Hoboken, NJ,17 and the District of Columbia,18 alleging damages from climate impacts that disparately affect marginalized communities. The quantity of penalties, court filings, and protests Chevron faces from fenceline communities raises questions about how its policies and systems are effectively implemented to prevent, mitigate and remedy human rights impacts.
Supporting statement

How other organisations have declared their voting intentions

Organisation name Declared voting intentions Rationale
VidaCaixa For
AXA Investment Managers For For equity holdings managed on behalf of clients who have given discretion to vote, AXA IM will vote in favor of a Third Party Assessment on Company's Human Rights Policies, to better assess the company’s management of its human rights impacts.
Rothschild & co Asset Management For
Kutxabank Gestion SGIIC SAU. Against

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