We are committed to protecting people and the environment wherever we operate. Protecting people and the environment are integral components of The Chevron Way. Adhering to The Chevron Way means that we conduct our business in a socially and ethically responsible manner. We respect the law, support human rights, protect the environment and benefit the communities where we work.
In Indonesia and around the globe, we operate our oil, gas and geothermal operations in accordance with applicable environmental laws and regulations, and recognized global industry standards. We apply the same standards and best practice in environmental management and continue to seek new ways to minimize our footprint and improve environmental and social performance.
We have invested in a number of environmental programs approved by the government and have been recognized as a leader in our environmental programs. Wefocus social investment programs on biodiversity and environment conservation, with an emphasis on activities which contribute to local economic growth. We support various rehabilitation and conservation programs throughout Indonesia. In East Kalimantan, we helped establish the Berau Marine Protected Area. To promote ecotourism, we worked with National Geographic Indonesia to produce a map of marine ecosystems in the Berau Islands. In late 2014, we launched a multiyear Maratua Ecotourism for Sustainable Small Island (MESSI) program.
We play an active role in rehabilitating the Telaga Sari City Forest in Balikpapan. We helped establish the Telaga Sari Educational Forest Center, which is now managed by 18 local schools. We also take part in tree planting initiatives. Some 5,000 local trees have been planted in the city forest. In 2013, we started a tree nursery to ensure a supply of healthy seedlings. Since 2003, we have successfully re-established approximately 20 acres (80,000 sq meters) of mangroves in Penajam area, in south Balikpapan.
In partnership with National Geographic Indonesia, we produced a map of Mount Halimun Salak National Park to increase public awareness of the park’s importance. We also produced the “tourism triangle” map of Garut Regency.
We joined the park and the Raptor Santuary partnership network to create the Suaka Elang (Raptor Santuary), This sanctuary has bird rescue operations and educates the public about these birds of prey and their habits. In Riau, we supported a migratory raptor inventory on Rupat Island. We also supported a study of the endangered Sumatran tiger population in the Duri area.
In 2011, we worked with Mount Halimun Salak National Park, the Kehati Foundation and local partners to establish the Green Corridor Initative to help restore more than 1,250 acres (5 sq km) of critical ecological zones in the park. This initiative aims to plant at leads 250,000 native trees over five years.
Through our Eye of the Forest project, we worked with Conservation International to monitor threatened and endangered species such as the Javan leopard.
In partnership with Conservation International and local organizations in West Java and Riau we established a three-year sustainable environmental program in late 2015. The program focuses on biodiversity monitoring, community engagement and reforestation.
Our geothermal operations continuous commitment and contribution to environmental protection and community development have been recognized by the Government of Indonesia. Chevron Geothermal Salak, Ltd., (CGS) received the highest environmental rating GOLD PROPER in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, while Chevron Geothermal Indonesia, Ltd. (CGI) received GOLD PROPER in 2010, 2012, and 2013.