Most motorists in New Zealand recognise the name Caltex as the brand that has been serving drivers here for more than 70 years.
But less well known locally is the giant energy company backing the Caltex brand, the Chevron Corporation, a Fortune top 10 company and one of the largest integrated energy companies in the world.
Chevron markets the Caltex and Challenge brands in New Zealand, with nearly 400 service stations and Star Mart convenience stores throughout the country. The company also markets high-performing lubricants under the Delo and Havoline brands.
Chevron New Zealand country chairman Nick Hannan says Chevron’s vision is to be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnerships and performance.
“In New Zealand, as elsewhere in the world, our commitment to corporate, social and environmental responsibility is guided by this vision, and our actions are distinguished by a set of values we call ‘The Chevron Way’.
“Those values are integrity, trust, diversity, ingenuity, partnership, high performance and protecting people and the environment.”
Chevron New Zealand defines its corporate responsibilities as:
• consistently applying its core values, set out in The Chevron Way,
• integrating corporate, social and environmental considerations into its core practices,
• engaging with and balancing the needs of its key stakeholders, and
• maximising the positive impact of its operations on current and future generations.
The company’s corporate responsibility efforts are designed so that the business will continue to grow while effectively managing the corporate, social and environmental issues that flow from its operations.
Chevron New Zealand is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. The company has about 58,000 employees, and Chevron’s subsidiaries conduct business across the entire energy spectrum — exploring for, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products and services; manufacturing and selling petrochemical products, generating power; and developing and commercialising energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables.
Mr Hannan says the company is committed to providing affordable, reliable energy supplies to meet growing demand in an environmentally responsible way.
“In New Zealand we are partnering with Lincoln University to invest in research into profitable sources of renewable and alternative energy.
“In addition to contributing money to this research, we are able to tap into Chevron experts all around the world who are vigorously applying their expertise to address the complex technical challenges arising from new energy sources, while protecting the environment and mitigating the environmental impact of its operations.”
In 2006, Chevron introduced a fuel additive called “Caltex with Techron” that has been proven to result in significantly cleaner car engines, which leads to greater efficiency and cleaner tailpipe emissions.
The company continues to search across all areas of the transport industry to find innovative ways to improve the environmental outcomes for the planet.