Chevron has an entire page on their website about how they are “environmentally friendly.” This page dedicated for you to believe that they are a green company. The first thing I noticed was that the front page of the website has a nice picture of a lake and mountain and it says protecting nature. Underneath the picture is a vague explanation of what they do to protect nature. Chevron says “We believe that preserving a clean, safe, healthy environment can go hand in hand with meeting the world’s energy needs. We are continually evaluating and striving to improve our processes to reduce pollution and waste, conserve energy and natural resources, and reduce the potential for environmental impacts of our activities and operations.” This is a great thing but, there was no proof that they were actually trying to do what they were saying. Just below this quote is four pages which you can get more info about how they’re environmentally friendly in water, biodiversity, greenhouse gas, and energy efficiency. Click on the more info page bring you to another paragraph about how they are reducing the usage of water by recycling it. The problem is that they can say they are recycling the water all they want without any consequences. This is greenwashing. Chevron says that they are recycling water but they have almost no proof that they actually are. The other problem is that they have no information on their website about how much they are actually recycling water and how much of an impact it really is making. Chevron could be helping the environment but without solid information and statistics they are just saying they are and greenwashing anyone who reads about how they are environmentally friendly. The same general thing is going on for each page on Chevrons website a bunch of hopes and promises that sound good but little to zero proof.
Chevron is greenwashing in my opinion. I want to believe that every company is doing the best they can to be green but that is simply not the case. Yes, Chevron probably does try to be green, but I believe this is only for a good public image or laws that say they have to be green. I would have liked to see graphs and data collection to show how green they really are and how green they are compared to other companies. The best way to show that they were actually doing what they are saying would be to have a picture by picture step process on how they were green. Chevron should also show stats on how they’re being more green year by year. Another thing they could do is take before and after pictures of the surrounding areas they could be affecting and there factories. I believe that the best way to stop greenwashing all together is for people to be aware of what is happening. I think that their should be laws to help stop pollution but what will push the agenda on this would be public awareness. I believe that greenwashing will be nearly impossible to get rid of big businesses will always be able to convince people that they are being green because of the money they can spend on advertising.