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Environmental management

ExxonMobil employs structured management processes across an asset’s life cycle to ensure we effectively identify and understand the actual and potential impacts of our activities.

ExxonMobil is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner while providing the energy needed to power the world’s progress. ExxonMobil’s Corporate Environment Policy and Protect Tomorrow. Today. expectations serve as the foundation of our efforts, which are guided by a scientific understanding of the environmental impact of our operations as well as the social and economic needs of the communities in which we operate.

Protect Tomorrow. Today. is a set of corporate-wide environmental performance expectations. These expectations build upon the existing Corporate Environment Policy, which is incorporated in ExxonMobil’s Standards of Business Conduct, and based on the following principles:

  • Delivery of superior environmental performance, leading to a competitive advantage;
  • Driving environmental incidents with real impact to zero, through a process of continuous improvement; and 
  • Achieving industry leadership in focus areas valuable to the business.

For more than 10 years, Protect Tomorrow. Today. has guided us toward our goal of superior environmental performance. Our employees demonstrate their dedication to this goal every day by helping the organization achieve environmental leadership, caring about the communities where we work and sharing our lessons learned with industry and our stakeholders for the benefit of all.

As we manage our operations, we must understand the impact of our business on the environment, adhere to a consistent risk management approach and maintain a relentless focus on operational excellence. Our Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) drives our approach to environmental management.

OIMS defines a set of expectations that align our environmental objectives with our business activities and provides a framework to identify and manage environmental risks. For additional information on how OIMS guides ExxonMobil’s approach to environmental management, see our case study.

ExxonMobil’s projects and operations are set in a diverse range of environments that present a variety of environmental, social and health risks and opportunities. We employ structured management processes across an asset’s life cycle to ensure we effectively identify and understand the actual and potential impacts of our activities.

Our Environmental Aspects Assessment (EAA) process allows us to systematically identify, assess, manage and monitor environmental and social risks throughout the life cycle of our assets. Environmental Business Planning (EBPs) is undertaken to plan, oversee and steward environmental performance. New developments are typically subject to an Environmental, Socioeconomic and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) process. Environmental, Socioeconomic and Health Management Plans (ESHMP) are then prepared to “operationalize” ESHIAs by defining the set of measures that will be employed during development and operations to avoid environmental and social risks, reduce them to acceptable levels or remedy the impact.

We integrate stakeholder feedback, scientific understanding and other due diligence into these processes to ensure we operate in a safe, respectful and environmentally protective manner. ExxonMobil has undertaken or participated in ESHIAs or EAAs for a wide variety of projects and activities around the world, including projects ranging from single-well exploration drilling programs to new technology evaluation pilots and large development mega-projects.

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