The satirical Public Eye Awards are a ‘critical counterpoint to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.’ This year, the Public Eye Lifetime Award was bestowed upon oil giant Chevron for ‘extraordinary corporate irresponsibility.’
As global elites gather in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, the oil giant Chevron was singled out on Friday for a highly competitive—if unflattering—international distinction: the Public Eye Lifetime Award for its extraordinary corporate irresponsibility, which includes monumental environmental destruction in northern Ecuador.
‘Chevron is uniquely deserving of a lifetime award for the lifetime of misery they have caused the Ecuadorian Amazon,’ Paul Paz y Miño, of the U.S.-based organization Amazon Watch, told Common Dreams over the phone from Davos. ‘This is not only because of their original pollution—dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic waste—but because they have ignored every judicial process to hold them to account, even though they were determined liable for $9.5 billion in court of their own choosing.’
According to Paz y Miño, Chevron’s Lifetime Achievement prize is ‘particularly important right now because part of Chevron’s strategy is to claim they were victimized. International recognition from awards like this are clear demonstration to Chevron that the rest of world understands and acknowledges they are irresponsible.’
— Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams