Congratulations to John Watson on His Shameful First Year as Chevron CEO!

By Rainforest Action Network

Chevron Hall of Shame certificateGuess who just got inducted into the Corporate Hall of Shame? Well, yeah, Monsanto and BP, obviously. No one likes those guys. But Chevron is pretty darn unpopular too, what with all those billions of gallons of oil pollution that the company won’t take responsibility for still lying in the Ecuadorean Amazon and poisoning thousands of people.

The announcement that Chevron will be immortalized in the Corporate Hall of Shame comes just as Chevron CEO John Watson celebrates his one-year anniversary as head of the company. We had high hopes when Watson first took over — it was a chance for the company to start anew, to start working to redress the human rights and environmental abuses for which it is responsible. Alas, Watson has instead continued business as usual, steering his company directly into a vortex of corporate shame.

Take a couple of minutes to call John Watson and “congratulate” him. Here’s how you do that:

1. Call 925-842-9232 925-842-3232. Your call will be answered by a secretary. Ask to speak with John Watson. If you’re asked if you want to leave a message, say yes.

2. Here’s a sample call script you can use for your message:

I’m calling to tell Mr. Watson that it is shameful that he’s been around for a year, and yet has done nothing to accept responsibility for Chevron’s 18 billion gallons of oil waste pollution in the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Thousands of Indigenous and campesino Ecuadoreans are still suffering from the effects of Chevron’s pollution, but instead of cleaning up its mess, Chevron spends millions on high-priced lawyers and a fancy ad campaign designed to convince us all that the company is really concerned about human rights and the environment.

Until Chevron does the right thing and cleans up Ecuador, John Watson and Chevron should be ashamed of themselves.

3. Let us know how it went after you call by filling out this form.

Slick PR campaigns like the one Chevron launched last year to convince us all that the company is socially and environmentally responsible can only change perception, not reality. But in this case, Chevron’s PR didn’t change anything — just like Watson hasn’t changed anything at Chevron. Luckily, thousands of us saw through the carefully cultivated PR image, and Chevron is now in the Corporate Hall of Shame.

So give Watson a ring right now! I’m sure he’d love to hear from you. Make sure to click here and let us know that you made the call.