Getting it Wrong
Based on seven years of research, this 84-page report describes Total and Chevron’s public relations endeavors, including impact assessments commissioned by the companies since 2002. The impact assessments were conducted by the US-based CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA). ERI presents evidence proving that Total lied to the public when it claimed that the International Labour Organization (ILO) certified that the company eradicated forced labor in its project area. The ILO made no such statements and has publicly disavowed the claim as untrue and inaccurate. The report also finds that CDA’s favorable assessments of Total’s impacts in Burma are inaccurate and misleading. ERI describes CDA’s methodology and findings as “deeply flawed” and especially problematic because investors, policymakers, and other oil companies rely on them as credible.