In November 2014, ExxonMobil de Colombia received the Western Hemisphere Corporate Citizenship Award (WHCCA), presented annually by the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America to businesses that exhibit social and civic leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean.
ExxonMobil de Colombia was honored for its corporate citizenship approach in providing economic opportunities for women, promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives and protecting biodiversity.
As part of its Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, ExxonMobil de Colombia partnered with the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation to create a program for single teenage mothers in Cartagena to build employment skills. ExxonMobil de Colombia, through the local Junior Achievement program, also helped prepare and motivate girls from public schools to pursue employment and entrepreneurship opportunities by way of experiential programs.
In Medellin, ExxonMobil de Colombia implemented a program to introduce youth in vulnerable communities to the effective use of technology. ExxonMobil also invested in the “From the Carnival to School” program, an initiative at the North University in Barranquilla that helps improve children’s math capabilities through the use of music.
ExxonMobil de Colombia is also committed to biodiversity protection and maintaining optimal ecosystems in the country. The longstanding “All for water: beaches, coasts and wetlands cleanup,” program has removed more than 217 tons of waste from coastal and wetland areas, with the assistance of more than 20,000 volunteers committed to environmental education, water conservation and trash pick-up.
ExxonMobil de Colombia’s goal is to help local communities and businesses fuel their economies and positively contribute to long-term economic growth for generations to come. Building and sustaining local economic growth, while also improving social conditions, is at the core of its approach to local content development.