31 Years & Counting: Chevron’s Commitment to Ending HIV/AIDS
In 1986, Chevron joined 13 other San Francisco Bay companies in supporting AIDS Walk San Francisco — Northern California’s largest AIDS fundraising event. Over 30 years later, Chevron proudly continues that partnership to promote HIV/AIDS education, and strengthen treatment services and programs in the Bay Area. Sunday’s AIDS Walk was an inspiring example of how, through cooperation, we can take another step closer to ending the global AIDS epidemic.
Chevron is no stranger to the struggle against HIV/AIDS, or the stigma faced by those who have the disease: Some of Chevron’s largest operations are in regions most impacted by the disease. The fight against AIDS — while not Chevron’s core business — is core to Chevron’s business success, as the company depends on the health of its employees and the communities in which it operates. As we recognize that our employees, our supply chains and our communities are affected by HIV/AIDS, we are dedicated to doing all we can to protect them.
Dr. Huma Abbasi, general manager of Chevron’s Global Health and Medical, was in attendance for this year’s AIDS Walk San Francisco, in honor of the victims of this epidemic.
“Both during my time at Chevron and in my early years in medicine working to improve health conditions in developing countries, I have seen for myself the devastating damage that AIDS causes in communities,” said Dr. Abbasi. “As a woman, as a mother, and as a doctor, the human toll of this disease upon families and communities touches my heart.”
This devastation is why, in 2005, Chevron was the first oil and gas company to institute a global HIV/AIDS policy for employees. This policy provides customized workplace- and community-based education, awareness-building, prevention (including confidential counseling and testing) and treatment programs across the company’s worldwide operations. At Chevron, we are doing all we can to educate, defend and treat our employees, as well as invest in initiatives that improve healthcare access and build local capacity in our communities.
But no company can confront this epidemic alone.
For this reason, Chevron has fought for the past 10 years alongside Bay Area partners CAL-PEP and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) to address the issue of HIV/AIDS. With Chevron’s support, CAL-PEP’s ongoing Community Grill Outs and House Parties Program can provide community-based HIV testing, risk reduction and prevention education to 500 people per month in Oakland’s most at-risk neighborhoods. In 2014, Chevron contributed funding to assist SFAF’s purchase of a new mobile testing unit, which enables the foundation to provide more than 1,000 additional HIV tests annually, as well as STI screenings and advanced services for newly-diagnosed individuals. These initiatives demonstrate that by working with partners, both locally and globally, we can dedicate our combined capabilities, resources and people to delivering meaningful public health gains.
Chevron is honored to participate in AIDS Walk San Francisco each year — we are inspired by the outpouring of compassion and support from the community here at home and are privileged to be part of such a powerful collaboration to save lives. For anyone that couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next year at AIDS Walk San Francisco.