As a pioneer among corporate leaders, Chevron has been battling AIDS for more than 30 years. Since the 1980s, AIDS has been devastating areas where some of Chevron’s largest operations are located. In response, Chevron began to promote HIV/AIDS education in the workplace. In 2005, Chevron was the first oil and gas company to implement a global HIV/AIDS policy. In 2011, Chevron embarked on a mission to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through partnerships with Pact, Born Free Africa, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Chevron recently inscribed a boulder in the Circle of Peace. The purpose is to make employees aware of the impact of AIDS at Chevron; to allow co-workers of those who lost their battle with AIDS an opportunity to remember them; to bring the epidemic to a personal level; and to make it easier for employees to discuss AIDS and its impact. The boulder (pictured above) was dedicated on May 25, 2017, and the event was attended by Chevron’s Dr. Huma Abbasi, GM of Global Health & Medical, and David McMurry, Manager of Global Public Health, as well as other Chevron employees, members of the Grove’s board of directors, staff, and volunteers.
At the dedication ceremony, Dr. Abbasi explained that because Chevron’s efforts to fight AIDS started in San Francisco, it was fitting that they support the National AIDS Memorial. Accordingly, last year Chevron stepped up as presenting sponsor of our Surviving Voices AIDS Oral History Initiative, which focused in 2016 on the impact of AIDS on the national hemophilia community. Chevron recently renewed our partnership for 2017, allowing us to focus on the epidemic’s unique impact on women and on the Asian and Pacific Islander Communities.
“When we finally win the fight against HIV/AIDS we will no longer have a need for service organizations and advocacy groups. But the National AIDS Memorial will remain to tell the story. The boulder unveiled today will be here to let people know that Chevron was active in that fight.”
—Dr. Huma Abbasi, GM of Global Health & Medical, Chevron
The National AIDS Memorial is deeply grateful to Chevron for its longstanding and continued commitment to the global fight against HIV/AIDS and for its meaningful support of our ongoing work to collect the oral history of the AIDS epidemic for the benefit of future generations.