Whether through the U.S.-based ExxonMobil Foundation, the corporation or international affiliated company operations, we strategically invest in long-term social programs that directly impact our business and align with a host country’s economic and social goals. In 2015, we contributed $268 million to communities around the world.
We focus the majority of our spending on our corporate-led signature initiatives: improving education, combating malaria and advancing economic opportunities for women. We concentrate on these three areas because we believe they help build a foundation for human progress.
In addition to our signature initiatives, we provide local investments tailored to address community-specific social and economic challenges such as workforce development, access to health care and natural disaster recovery support. We consider the development goals of each community when deciding where, when and how best to invest.
One example of our local investment efforts in 2015 included the completion of a three-year community health center restoration project in Batete, Equatorial Guinea. This community-specific investment by ExxonMobil affiliate Mobil Equatorial Guinea Inc. is designed to provide local community members with access to the latest medical equipment and a full-time doctor on site. The health center in Equatorial Guinea supports around 3,000 residents in Batete and its surrounding villages.
Members of the Batete community are already experiencing the benefits of the ExxonMobil-funded improved health care services. Just two weeks after the center was completed, the first baby was successfully delivered in the facility under enhanced hygienic conditions. Additional information on our community-specific investments can be found on our global stories page.
Lead country manager, Mobil Equatorial Guinea Inc.
“Batete is a good example of our community investment philosophy — how we not only prioritize large urban communities, but also rural areas of the country.”
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To help understand the impact of our strategic community investment program and maximize the long-term sustainability and benefits of our efforts, we work in close collaboration with our partners to design and implement robust measurement and evaluation plans. We also conduct research intended to contribute to the broader fields in which we invest. For example, in 2015, we made efforts to identify a set of common metrics that enable community investment program implementers and supporters to measure the qualitative and quantitative impact of programs aimed at providing economic opportunities for women. For the following examples, and wherever possible in this report, we seek to describe the outcomes of our investments beyond dollars spent and activities conducted.
We believe global economic growth in today’s high-tech world relies upon highly skilled individuals, particularly those well-trained in STEM. In the United States alone, the U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that STEM occupations are projected to grow almost twice as fast as non-STEM-related occupations from 2008 to 2018.
For this reason, we invest in education and teacher development programs designed to encourage students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. Over the past 16 years, we have contributed more than $1.2 billion to education programs around the world. In 2015, we invested nearly $100 million in education programs around the world.
In 2015, ExxonMobil continued to support the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) through a two-week middle school academy program designed to help students learn and complete Algebra I curricula. During the middle school academy, participating students in grades five through eight explore engineering and science career options and complete a hands-on activity designed to help prepare them for post-secondary STEM curricula. As a result of the program, more than 75 percent of ANSEP students complete Algebra I by the end of the eighth grade, compared with just 26 percent of students nationwide. Additionally, 95 percent of participating students advanced a full grade level in math or science for each summer they enrolled in the program.
Up Close: The Teach For All Global STEM Initiative
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are critical to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. At ExxonMobil, we believe we can have the greatest impact on education by helping train highly qualified teachers in math and science, encouraging students from all backgrounds to pursue math and science, and preparing students for STEM-related college degrees and careers. For more than a decade, we have focused our education initiatives on a variety of programs that help address the STEM challenge.
The ExxonMobil Foundation is the founding partner of Teach For All’s Global STEM Initiative. The Initiative, launched with our support in 2015, has enabled Teach For All to help its nearly 40 partner organizations improve their recruitment, training, placement and support of STEM teachers across the network. The goal of the program is to increase the number and impact of STEM teachers around the world, including in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. The initiative will also help Teach For All support network partner alumni who are leaders in STEM fields.
With funding from ExxonMobil, Teach For All has started prioritizing STEM education as part of their teacher recruitment, placement and development initiatives around the world. For example, nearly three-fourths of Teach For Qatar participants teach STEM subjects, as well as more than one-third of Enseña por Argentina and Enseñá por México participants. Additionally, Teach For Sweden directs nearly 100 percent of its teacher participants toward STEM subjects, while Teach First United Kingdom has increased the number of teachers it assigns into STEM subjects by almost 50 percent over the past five years.
Co-founder and CEO, Teach For All
“We are thrilled to have ExxonMobil join our global effort for educational and social equity. This important collaboration will give the students we serve a chance to learn the STEM skills they will need to solve the global challenges of the future, as well as improve their daily lives.”
In 2015, with the help of ExxonMobil, Teach For All also began identifying network-wide best practices for STEM. Part of this effort involved expanding STEM-related data collection to include the number of participants that partners place in STEM fields, as well as their targets for participant placement in each subject area. The data collected from the 4,322 STEM teachers currently in the Teach For All network will offer valuable insights and serve as a reference point to further enhance the STEM Initiative. Teach For All is also administering student-perception surveys to 20 network partners to help assess teacher effectiveness. These surveys will help Teach For All better understand teacher impact on students so partner organizations can improve by reflecting on their teacher development efforts.
We care about the health of our employees, their families and members of the communities where we operate, which is why we invest in community health programs that help combat preventable or treatable illnesses. In several countries where we operate, including sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to have a significant impact on local communities. Each year, this preventable and treatable disease claims the lives of nearly half a million people. The good news, however, is that significant progress has been made in the global fight against malaria and the number of deaths and infections continues to decline. We believe ending deaths from malaria requires an integrated approach, including education, prevention and access to proper diagnosis and treatment.
In 2015, ExxonMobil contributed $12.5 million to fight malaria. We are proud to say that 2015 marks ExxonMobil’s 15th anniversary year working to reduce the human and economic toll of this disease. These contributions have supported a variety of research, educational and treatment programs in countries and communities that lack adequate health care systems.
To date, the antimalarial programs we have funded were able to reach more than 125 million people, and our support has resulted in the distribution of almost 14 million bed nets, 3.8 million doses of antimalarial treatments and 2.6 million rapid diagnostic kits, as well as the training of more than 520,000 health workers. Our cash grants during the past 15 years total more than $146 million, making us the largest private-sector grant-maker in the fight against malaria.
Up Close: Fighting malaria in West Africa
ExxonMobil has witnessed the devastating human and economic toll malaria takes on our workforce and the communities in which we operate. In 2015, we continued making progress in the fight against malaria in high-endemic African countries where we have operations — in particular Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Cameroon.
For 11 years, ExxonMobil has supported Africare, an NGO committed to finding solutions for health challenges, through its community-based malaria projects in Angola. This year, ExxonMobil helped Africare scale up its community-based malaria intervention program in Quipungo, Angola.
This project focuses on the control and treatment of malaria for children and pregnant women with the following goals:
- Ensuring 85 percent of pregnant women and children under the age of five sleep under long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets;
- 85 percent of pregnant women and children under the age of five receive appropriate malaria treatment within 24 hours of exhibiting symptoms;
- 85 percent of pregnant women receive two doses of malaria prophylaxis; and
- Local nurses are trained in malaria prevention, management and treatment.
In 2015, a network of 285 trained volunteers conducted 136,800 house visits focusing on these four international malaria control goals. Additionally, the ExxonMobil Foundation, in partnership with Africare, supports the Child Survival Collaborations and Resources (CORE) Group community malaria program in Angola. The CORE Group is a network of nonprofit international organizations committed to improving the health of women and children in high-risk malaria communities. In 2015, the CORE Group, working in 12 of the 16 provinces in the country, improved the health skills of more than 2,600 community volunteers, helped administer the first and second doses of malaria prophylaxis treatment for more than 35,000 pregnant women and disseminated key malaria messages to around 265,000 Angolan families.
Nigeria, Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea
For the past four years, the ExxonMobil Foundation has supported Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an NGO that educates local youth in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania on how to prevent malaria, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. The program’s success stems from its community-based approach that uses soccer-based games and activities to engage and educate participants.
As part of this community-based approach, GRS recruits high-profile Africans, such as national team soccer players and local celebrities, to become ambassadors for the program. Since 2012, ExxonMobil has invested nearly $2.3 million to expand the program to involve more than 63,000 boys and girls in Nigeria, nearly 10,000 in Tanzania and nearly 3,000 in Equatorial Guinea. In 2015, GRS was able to scale up its program in Equatorial Guinea by strengthening the organizational capacity of its national partners and working closely with the ministries of health and sport. More than 1,500 boys and girls graduated from the program in Equatorial Guinea in 2015. By the end of 2015, the total number of graduates supported by ExxonMobil was more than 76,000.
With the help of ExxonMobil, GRS was also able to find new opportunities in 2015 to educate young people on malaria prevention. GRS and its local partner, Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI), partnered with Special Olympics to launch SKILLZ for Life. This new program uses the organization’s proven model for behavior change in public health among youth to educate children with intellectual disabilities. As part of the new partnership, YEDI and Special Olympics collaborated with GRS to offer malaria testing on World Malaria Day, which involved more than 2,600 attendees, including many families and individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Chad and Cameroon
For the past nine years, ExxonMobil has supported Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, in its efforts to fight malaria using global best practices in disease prevention and treatment. In 2015, the ExxonMobil Foundation provided funding to Jhpiego to provide quality malaria prevention and treatment for more than 700,000 people living along ExxonMobil’s 1,070-kilometer Chad-Cameroon pipeline.
Key activities included enhancing the quality and range of malaria-specific services for women in the parts of Chad and Cameroon where basic health care is limited; providing health education tailored to pregnant women; and procuring malaria prevention commodities like bed nets and anti-malarial drugs to ensure clinics in these areas are appropriately stocked. In 2015, the program was responsible for training 150 health providers and 30 supervisors to better oversee and provide malaria prevention and treatment services, as well as helping 159 community health volunteers educate communities about malaria at 71 health facilities.
President and CEO, Jhpiego
“For decades, malaria seemed to have the upper hand, claiming the lives of countless women and their families. But today, with leadership from governments and innovative partnerships like the one Jhpiego is privileged to have with the ExxonMobil Foundation in Chad and Cameroon — countries where few are willing to invest resources — we are seeing real progress in ending deaths from this preventable and treatable disease. As Jhpiego’s longest-standing corporate partner, ExxonMobil has been an incredible colleague in our fight to improve the health of vulnerable populations in low-resource countries. Their flexibility, commitment to data-driven impact and willingness to tackle new challenges head-on inspires us to push the envelope of what is considered possible and save lives.”
Women’s economic opportunity initiative
Economically empowering women is essential to enhancing local economic development. According to a 2014 World Bank report, Gender at Work, women are key drivers of economic progress and development because they consistently invest in their children and communities. Women also tend to help propel other women forward, creating a powerful multiplier effect that benefits society as a whole.
To promote economic opportunities for women, we invest in programs proven to provide the skills and resources needed to increase their productivity and income. Over the past 10 years, ExxonMobil has invested approximately $94 million for the purpose of helping women fulfill their economic potential and improve their well-being and that of their families and communities. Our investments focus on three key areas: supporting research to identify effective interventions; developing women farmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders; and improving women’s access to technology. Our support has reached tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries. In 2015 alone, our contributions totaled nearly $12 million. Visit the Womens economic opportunity section for additional information on our efforts to improve women’s economic opportunities.
Up Close: Empowering women with access to mobile savings
As part of ExxonMobil’s commitment to empowering women economically, the ExxonMobil Foundation joined forces in 2012 with the United Nations Foundation to produce A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment, a study outlining the most effective interventions to directly advance women’s economic opportunities. The Roadmap identified providing women access to savings opportunities through mobile phone technology as a high-potential community investment. To build on the research findings from the Roadmap, the ExxonMobil Foundation began collaborating with TechnoServe, Mercy Corps and the Center for Global Development (CGD) in 2015 to pilot mobile saving opportunities and financial literacy training for women entrepreneurs in Indonesia and Tanzania.
A large number of women in Indonesia and Tanzania do not have access to banking and other financial services, live long distances from a bank branch or are deterred by burdensome bank fees and administrative requirements. This program, which runs through the end of 2016, will test the theory that women entrepreneurs and farmers with access to basic banking and insurance services through mobile telephones will be able to save more, invest their increased savings in their businesses and see increased income from those businesses. To streamline program efforts, TechnoServe and Mercy Corps are simultaneously providing mobile savings access and financial literacy training to 3,000 women farmers and entrepreneurs in Indonesia and Tanzania.
As part of our ongoing effort to evaluate program results and maximize positive outcomes, CGD is conducting a two-phase impact evaluation of the women entrepreneurs and farmers participating in the program. This evaluation will study the efficacy of the program and test the theory that access to mobile savings can increase business income. In 2015, key evaluation efforts included developing the initial surveys, piloting survey instruments and conducting preliminary research on methodologies for the pilot. Once approved, CGD will implement the study design and select a third-party organization to conduct the surveys in Tanzania and Indonesia.