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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday presented ChevronTexaco with the Secretary of State's 2003 Award for Corporate Excellence for its corporate citizenship in Nigeria.
"We applaud Chevron Nigeria's commitment to its employees, and to the people of the Niger Delta. More than a good corporate citizen, Chevron Nigeria is a good neighbor, and a model of excellence and trust," noted Powell in his remarks.
ChevronTexaco Chairman and CEO David J. O'Reilly accepted the award on behalf of the company's Nigeria-based employees, Chevron Nigeria Ltd., partners and contractors at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
"We will continue our efforts to harness our human, financial and technical resources to help communities where we work. The power of partnership has great strength to create and sustain positive change," said O'Reilly.
The Award for Corporate Excellence recognizes the important role U.S. businesses play abroad as good corporate citizens. The Secretary of State's office selected ChevronTexaco for initiatives in Nigeria including:
* A March 2003 airlift of 2,000 villagers to safety who were fleeing civil strife after their homes were destroyed.
* Establishment of a river boat clinic, which provides on-board medical treatment to thousands of residents.
* The Chevron Workplace AIDS Prevention Program which focuses on peer education, community-based prevention and training for supervisors.
* Furnishings and equipment for 54 schools which have improved student attendance and performance.