A campaign has been launched demanding that Chevron be dumped as sponsor of the National Australia Day Council (NADC).
Chevron is the ‘diversity and inclusion’ partner of the NADC, which runs Australia Day events and Australian of the Year awards.
“I believe the Australia Day Ambassador program is about listening to communities, encouraging resilience and celebrating those people that make our world a better place to be. I do not believe accepting sponsorship from a company like Chevron aligns with the values of Australians in 2022. The social licence for fossil fuel companies to continue to drive the climate crisis has come to an end and I’d love to see the Australia Day Council echo these sentiments by telling Chevron that when it comes to their money, it’s a thanks, but no thanks from us.”
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Speaking at the Purpose Conference in Sydney in October, Grace Tame, revealed how she refused to attend Chevron events while the Australian of the Year in 2021.
She explained how Australian of the Year recipients are coerced into appearing at Chevron events by the NADC as a condition of receiving travel funding.
“They provide you with a capped out sum of $40,000 worth of travel reimbursement on the condition that you do free gigs for their sponsors, which are, Chevron… noooo, no way, nah.
“So I did do some free gigs for their other Australia Day councils in the state and territory locations, one of which was in Perth and on the day they wanted me to do something for Chevron, and I just said ‘nup’ and I didn’t do it,” she said.
FACTS: Chevron’s Sponsorship
- Chevron was announced as the inaugural ‘national diversity and inclusion’ partner of the NADC in early 2020.
- Between 2020 and 2021, the NADCs cash sponsorship revenue increased from $1,601,705 to $2,729,950.
- Chevron’s logo is the most prominent on the NADC website and its Managing Director spoke at the 2022 Australian of Year award ceremony.
- In 2020-21 the NADC received nearly $30m ($30,759,076) in public funding and its two executives (CEO & COO) received more than half a million dollars ($521, 847) in wages and benefits.
- Chevron also funds Auspire, the Australia Day organisation for Western Australia.
- Chevron staff currently sit on the Australian of the Year selection committees in NT, QLD, and WA where no climate or environmental workers have been nominated for recognition. Previously, there was also a Chevron delegate on the SA selection panel.
- InfluenceMap ranks Chevron as the oil major with the lowest policy alignment with the Paris Agreement – while it lobbies for increased oil and gas extraction.
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