Photo: Linkedin / Felipe Benitez
Chevron has fired Ogilvy Government Relations, its PR agency, for the dumbest of reasons: One of its clients gave a talk to a group that advocates for the Ecuadorean rainforest. That was “a serious conflict,” according to Ad Age and Bloomberg,The story fails to point out that Chevron apparently took four years to figure out this conflict. The staffer who gave the talk, Felipe Benitez, has worked for environmental organisations since at least 2008, as his LinkedIn profile clearly states:
Felipe has also counseled organisations focused on Latin America, including The Woodrow Wilson centre for International Scholars, Amazon Watch, the centre for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
He attended the Copenhagen Conference on Global Climate Change with the foreign minister of Ecuador to promote the Ecuadoran government’s proposal to protect the Andean region rainforest and create eco-tourism as an alternative to drilling for oil in lands owned and occupied by indigenous people.
Ogilvy has represented since at least 2004. It received $600,000 from Chevron in 2011, according to federal lobbying records.
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