Article Aug. 14, 2020
2019 Worldwide Giving Report
ExxonMobil’s community investments are intended to address strategic local priorities where we do business around the world.
Article Aug. 14, 2020
2019 Worldwide Giving Report
2019 community investments by focus area
$253 million invested worldwide - all values expressed in millions of dollars
In 2019, collectively, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, employees and retirees, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $253 million in contributions worldwide. Of that total, $77 million supported U.S. communities and $134 million supported communities in other countries. In addition, ExxonMobil employees and retirees donated $42 million through ExxonMobil’s matching gift and employee-giving programs.
Our employees are involved in local communities by helping build homes, serving as volunteer firefighters and providing pro bono legal services, among numerous other activities. Through company-sponsored volunteer programs, 17,000 ExxonMobil employees, retirees and their families donated more than 443,000 volunteer hours in 2019 to over 3,700 charitable organizations across 28 countries.
This report highlights ExxonMobil’s 2019 worldwide corporate contributions and community investments. Organizations in the United States that received grants of $5,000 or more are listed and investments benefiting countries outside the United States are summarized. Contributions reflected in this report were made by Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation.
Civic and community
ExxonMobil supports many community priorities where we do business. We contributed $119.6 million to civic and community service organizations around the world in 2019, of which $108 million benefited communities outside of the United States.
ExxonMobil fosters a culture that encourages employees to contribute both their time and talents year-round to help support the communities where they live and work. Our employees and retirees across the world are involved in their local communities innumerous other activities. We also encourage our employees to bring their professional expertise to programs that enhance math and science education.
In 2019, ExxonMobil provided $41.6 million to colleges, universities and other organizations that support higher education. Of this amount, more than $39 million benefited higher education in the United States.
Our education initiatives focus primarily on supporting programs that improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We also support diversity-based education programs and professional societies such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, among others.
Health and environmentIn 2019, ExxonMobil’s health and environmental contributions totaled $16.5 million, with $9.2 million benefiting communities outside of the United States. Our environmental investments focus on several important areas including conservation in a range of ecosystems, environmental education and outreach, and scientific research of environmental issues. These contributions are only a small portion of our company’s overall investments in the environmental area; investments do not include the company’s environmental capital and operating expenditures.
We invest in programs centered on improving health, mainly in the developing world, with a particular focus on combating malaria. In many locations where we operate, malaria continues to have a significant impact on local communities. From 2000 through 2019, we have reached more than 125 million people through our programs.
In 2019, ExxonMobil also continued collaboration with Conservation International and the University of Guyana in support of sustainable job opportunities and conservation efforts.
Improving educational programs to enhance math, engineering and science skills is a focus area for ExxonMobil. In 2019, contributions in support of pre-college education totaled $11.2 million, with $7.6 million benefiting education in the United States.
Education is a fundamental building block for individual opportunity and economic growth. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, in particular, are critical to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. We focus on increasing the number of teachers who are equipped to teach STEM and preparing high school students for success in college.
Workforce development/Other education
In 2019, ExxonMobil contributed $6.5 million to support vocational and entrepreneurial education. Of this amount, almost $6.3 million benefited communities outside the United States.
In the United States, ExxonMobil-funded workforce development programs prepare workers for successful careers with local industrial employers.
In Texas, for example, we supported the Lee College Community College Petrochemical Initiative and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, a recognized leader in delivering emergency response and workforce training.
Public information and policy research
ExxonMobil provides support to organizations that promote international relationships, institutions with strong research capabilities that contribute to informed policy decision-making, and organizations that assess public policy alternatives on issues of importance to the petroleum and petrochemical industries. In 2019, contributions for public information and policy research totaled $4.7 million, of which $4.4 million was within the United States.
We support organizations that foster international understanding and engagement, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Affairs Council. Our involvement with the Business Council for International Understanding, Corporate Council on Africa and similar organizations facilitates cross-cultural awareness and progress.
ExxonMobil’s U.S. employees and retirees pledged more than $15 million to United Way chapters in 2019, in addition to United Way corporate gifts totaling $3.1 million. In Houston, employees and retirees raised $11.8 million during the company’s campaign for the United Way of Greater Houston, and ExxonMobil provided $1.6 million in corporate donations.
Arts and culture
ExxonMobil supports arts and culture projects in many of the countries where we work. In 2019, corporate and ExxonMobil Foundation contributions supporting arts and cultural programs totaled $3.5 million, of which $2.8 million benefited communities in the United States.
Women's economic opportunity
In 2019, contributions totaling almost $2.6 million were made to help advance economic opportunities for women. Empowering women is a key element in enhancing local and international economic development. Investing in women helps support broad transformation in developing regions and contributes to a more equitable society. For example, it helps to lower infant mortality, improve health and nutrition, increase educational opportunities, enhance economic growth and food security, and reduce poverty.
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