This paper will describe the process that Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc. is using to formally implement Chevron Corporation's revised safety and environmental policy, Protecting People and the Environment, throughout its international operations. This Chevron policy, which was updated and ratified by stockholders in 1991, fully supports the requirements of the Chemical Manufacturers Association's Responsible Care Program and the American Petroleum Institute's STEP (Strategies for Today's Environmental Partnerships) Program.

The challenge is to put into place enhanced management practices and reinforce existing practices that support the 10 Key Elements of the policy throughout our business units around the world, to maintain a consistent and measurable approach, and also to allow for local variations in style and cultural diversity. The initial emphasis is being focussed on the 3 critical Key Elements pertaining to Safe Operations, Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assurance. The focus in subsequent years will be expanded to include other Key Elements such as Emergency Preparedness and Response, Community Outreach, Legislative/Regulatory Advocacy and others.

Chevron's strategy clearly places prime responsibility on the line management of each individual business unit to implement the policy as a routine part of planning, budgeting, conducting and evaluating the success of their business. Each business unit a) defines its own criteria for attaining implementation of the policy; b) plans and budgets a sound work program to achieve attainment as part of its business planning process and c) measures and reports its own progress in achieving attainment milestones.

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