In August 2002, Amazon Watch launched the Clean Up Ecuador Campaign to support the demands of indigenous and farming communities affected by the operations of Texaco (now Chevron) in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
The campaign's three principal demands of Chevron are that the company:
- Fund and implement a major environmental clean-up
- Compensate local communities for health and environmental impacts
- Provide affected communities with real access to health care and potable water
To pressure Chevron to do the right thing in Ecuador, we engage in a variety of tactics. In the past few years we have:
- Helped maintain public interest in the case and generate coverage in the pages of publications such as Newsweek, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Brought activists and contamination victims from Ecuador to the United States to speak out against the company's denial of responsibility. Victims have spoken directly to Chevron executives and investors at the company's annual shareholder meetings.
- Alerted Chevron's shareholders to the company's lies and omissions regarding the case in Ecuador, a case in which the ruling against Chevron dramatically threatens the value of those shareholders' investments.
- Enlisted major Chevron investors to demand that the company improve its environmental and human rights policies. Resolutions to this effect have garnered impressive support at Chevron's annual shareholder meetings.
- Targeted Chevron's board and executives with letter writing campaigns to remind them that the public is watching how they handle the crisis in Ecuador, and that Chevron can't maintain a squeaky-clean public image while it avoids responsibility for poisoning innocent people.