GULF OIL CORPORATION: STRATEGY FOR NATIONAL BOYCOTT

by Pan-African Liberation Committee
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
July 24, 1972
21 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: Angola
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Canada, Portugal
Language: English
Contents: BACKGROUND ON GULF OIL CORPORATION • GULF OIL CORPORATION - OPERATIONAL DESCRIPTION • RECOMMENDATIONS • GULF WORLDWIDE SALES CHART • 1971 NATIONAL AND STATE GULF PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION BREAKDOWN • 1971 NATIONAL OVERALL GULF MARKET SHARE • 1971 GULF STATE PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION BREAKDOWN • STATES LISTED IN ORDER OF GULF GALLONS SOLD • STATES LISTED IN ORDER OF PERCENT OF BLACK RESIDENTS • The ten states that led Gulf in gallons  in 1971 making up 42% of Gulf's total sales in the U.S. • STATES LISTED IN ORDER OF PERCENTAGE OF BLACK CAR OWNERSHIP • The ten states with the highest black car ownership • The Background section explains why Gulf Oil Corporation is an important target for action, given its unique significance as a U.S. investor in Angola that provides important revenue to the Portuguese government. Also, a boycott of Gulf products in the U.S. is feasible because there are readily available substitutes for its petroleum products sold to customers. Finally, slowing sale of oil from Angola that is extracted by Gulf Oil will leave more oil in the ground when liberation forces recapture the land in Angola. More than half of Gulf Oil’s petroleum products are sold in the U.S., making a boycott in this country important. Gulf extracts more oil from Nigeria (277,100 barrels per day) than from Cabinda; Nigeria could be approached to put pressure on Gulf to stop operations in Angola. The Recommendations section focuses on where within the United States to focus a boycott campaign, considering the states where there are the largest sales of Gulf products and also states with relatively high proportion of Black population and car owners. The document points out that a boycott can be effective by impacting a company’s profit margin. This section concludes: “The potential to do real damage to Gulf's imperialist structure is present. The next step is to organize toward that end.” The report mentions Mobil, Esso, G.M., IBM, natural gas, and Gulf Oil Canada Limited.
Used by permission of former members of the Pan-African Liberation Committee.
Collection: August Nimtz papers