in the community
In the United Kingdom, we build relationships that support the economic and social fabric of the communities where we work. In 2016, Chevron invested more than £1 million ($1.4 million) to support community organisations and the development of U.K. talent through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives, university alliances, and technical apprenticeship programs.
supporting strong communities
In Scotland, Chevron supports Instant Neighbour, a charity that takes a hands-on approach to tackling poverty. Instant Neighbour provides emergency food parcels to individuals needing urgent assistance and provides low-income parents with access to affordable, safe child care items. Chevron also sponsors their Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ program, which mobilises Aberdeen’s citizens, including Chevron employees, to purchase gifts for disadvantaged children in the community. In 2016, volunteers gave over 400 hours of their time to package more than 6,000 gifts.
Chevron also supports Aberdeen Cyrenians, a charity that provides services for homeless people in the area. Chevron employees help with the organisation’s Street Alternatives program by volunteering on a weekly basis to cook and serve food to the homeless. The company also runs annual food drives to donate non-perishable food items for distribution through the local food bank.
supporting STEM education and developing skills
Chevron has developed strategic partnerships with the University of Aberdeen and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh as part of our University Partnerships and Association Relations (UPAR) group. UPAR forms relationships with colleges, universities and associations around the world to provide scholarships, grants and contributions to help build tomorrow’s energy workforce.
Professor Richard Williams
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University
Annually, Chevron supports the TechFest Festival, a month-long programme of science and technology events, workshops and shows in Aberdeen and across north east Scotland. We focus on supporting programs that teach young people the STEM skills needed for careers in the energy industry. Through our support of TechFest, we offer students master classes in maths taught by industry professionals and academics.
2016 saw the launch of TechFest’s Eureka Family Science program sponsored by Chevron. The series of shows and after-school sessions invited children to test their science and engineering skills through a number of hands-on workshops.
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In 2016, Chevron’s work with TechFest, including the Maths in the Pipeline and STEM in the Pipeline programme, reached more than 55,000 people.
Together with Portsoy Community Enterprise and Banff Academy, Chevron is funding a new youth boat-building project to help develop employment skills in the local community. The practical outreach program uses traditional boat-building methods to provide young people aged 14 - 16 with an out-of-school STEM learning opportunity to help them develop self-confidence and teamwork skills.
We also sponsor the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs. This program has played a key role in inspiring young people to pursue STEM careers. There are currently more than 1,400 clubs in the network, with a membership of more than 30,000 boys and girls aged 10 through 17. We participate in the Young Engineers and Science Clubs annual event, where Chevron employees use our interactive 3-Minute Challenge to test the young students’ skills. We also provided sponsorship for a program called I’m an Engineer, I Can Help Here! The initiative focused on training teachers and educating students from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire about the different disciplines of engineering and related careers.
In addition, Chevron supports Engineer’n’ Our Lives, a program developed and delivered by Live Wire Productions. Around 10,000 schoolchildren have taken part in the programme which gives them the opportunity to appreciate the role engineering plays in their lives. The students take part in age-appropriate STEM challenges with the help of Chevron professionals. Chevron also supports Safeopoly, another initiative developed by Live Wire Productions. The programme focuses on helping children understand the risks associated with using the internet. To date, Chevron has engaged with more than 90 schools in Aberdeen city and shire, reaching approximately 5,000 children.