Topic: Environmental Concerns in Middle and South America: Role of Multinational Corporations
Instructions: In this assignment, you are going to watch two videos listed below. The two videos involve a case in which American oil company Texaco (later on Chevron) committed environmental crimes while drilling oil in Ecuador and spent millions of dollars to avoid litigation. You will then answer ALL the questions under each video (Video 1=8 questions; Video 2=6 questions – total 14.
Video1: Title: The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster 15 min. 49 sec.
“Chevron will fight until hell freezes over, and then skate it out on the ice.” Charles James, Former Chevron VP, and General Counsel
“We can’t let little countries screw around with big companies like this.” Chevron Lobbyist
What do you make of these two quotes? What can you conclude from these two statements regarding Chevron’s attitude towards the environmental disaster? HINT: Corporate responsibility vs the health and rights of poor indigenous communities.
8. Should American companies observe environmental and ethical considerations when they produce and run operations in other countries? Explain your response.
Video 2: Title: The World’s Worst Oil Related Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of | I Was There 11 min. 43 sec.
Video Narrator: Steven Donzinger, Human Rights Lawyer
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