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

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2019 Worldwide Giving Report
We partner with governments, other companies and nongovernmental organizations to help support communities where we operate. We focus on community and business needs such as health care, education and economic development, and we consider each community’s development goals when deciding how best to invest. We often participate in public-private partnerships and engage with key stakeholders to help improve social and economic conditions.

2019 community investments by focus area

$253 million invested worldwide - all values expressed in millions of dollars

Total contributions include donations from Exxon Mobil Corporation, our divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation, as well as employee and retiree giving through ExxonMobil’s matching gift and employee-giving programs. Investments do not include environmental capital and operating expenditures.

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.

Beaumont employees assist with relief from Tropical Storm Imelda. 
In 2019, 17,000 ExxonMobil employees, retirees and their families donated more than 443,000 volunteer hours to more than 3,700 charitable organizations in 28 countries through our volunteer programs.

Higher 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.

ExxonMobil granted more than $41 million to colleges, universities and other higher education organizations in 2019.
Our major financial support for higher education in the United States is through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift Program. In 2019, we granted $33.6 million in matching funds to 825 colleges and universities, the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the American Indian College Fund.

Health and environment

In 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.
ExxonMobil has helped distribute more than 15 million bed nets since 2000.

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.

Pre-college education

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.

Participants at the ExxonMobil Introduce a Girl to Engineering Program in Dallas, Texas.
In 2019, we invested nearly $7 million in STEM-related programs in the United States. Outside the United States, we establish local partnerships with organizations that have close ties with a country’s educational system.

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. 

ExxonMobil supports workforce development programs to help recruit, train and develop workers for successful careers.

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 provide and promote sound policies and cross-cultural engagement.

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.

Workplace giving

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. 

XTO employees volunteer at a food bank in the Permian Basin.
Employees and retirees in Canada pledged more than $1.1 million to the United Way, bringing the total corporate and employee donations in Canada to $1.7 million. In Dallas, ExxonMobil, its employees, and retirees donated almost $1.4 million through our Employees’ Favorite Charities Campaign. 

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.

In 2019, employees and retirees donated nearly $3 million to arts and cultural organizations.
In the United States, funding for the arts is provided primarily through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s matching gift programs. In 2019, employees and retirees donated more than $2.8 million to arts and cultural organizations, and the ExxonMobil Foundation contributed more than $1.9 million by matching their donations.

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.

ExxonMobil supports programs to help women fulfill their economic potential and improve their well-being.
We invest in programs proven to provide women with skills and resources needed to increase their productivity and income. In addition to supporting research that identifies innovative and proven interventions to help women advance economically, our investments focus on developing women farmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders, identifying and certifying women-owned businesses and improving women’s access to technology. Since 2005, ExxonMobil has invested more than $120 million to promote economic opportunities for women, reaching tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries.
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