Chevron is not only in trouble for its tax avoidance schemes. They are also constantly in the news for alleged social and environmental disasters around the world. Here is just a small sample of the groups holding Chevron to account.
"Chevron, once part of the Standard Oil empire, has grown over the past quarter century into the world’s fourth largest petroleum company, thanks to a series of ambitious acquisitions: Gulf Oil in 1984, Texaco in 2001 and Unocal in 2005. Chevron is a frequent target of criticism by environmental groups and human rights organizations for its practices in the United States and countries such as Ecuador, Nigeria, Burma, Chad and Angola."
"A blog maintained by the team working to hold oil giant Chevron accountable for its human rights and environmental abuses in Ecuador, maintained by one of the advocates representing indigenous and farmer communities in an area of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest polluted by oil operations conducted by Texaco, now owned by Chevron.."
"On May 25th, joined activists and delegates to demonstrate in San Ramon, CA and to confront Chevron at its annual shareholder meeting. Indigenous and campesino allies affected by Chevron in Ecuador were accompanied by a First Nations representative from Canada to the meeting. Allies from affected communities in Richmond, California joined the event. They all have two things in common: they all come from communities that have suffered the dire impacts of Chevron's reckless pursuit of profits, and they're all fighting back."
"This map shows 30+ cases of conflict worldwide due to Chevron activities. The Chevron Corporation constitutes an emblematic example of corporate violation of human rights against people on their lands; the company also uses the international architecture of impunity in order not to assume its responsibility for the damages caused."
"For over three decades, Chevron chose profit over people.
While drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1964 to 1990, Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, spilled roughly 17 million gallons of crude oil, and left hazardous waste in hundreds of open pits dug out of the forest floor. To save money, Texaco chose to use environmental practices that were obsolete, did not meet industry standards, and were illegal in Ecuador and the United States.
The result was, and continues to be, one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet."