Article Sept. 6, 2019
Community and culture in Brazil
Corporate Social Responsibility is not a new concept for ExxonMobil. For many decades, the company has rigorously followed policies and practices that guide how it conducts its business. The methods for obtaining results are as important as the results themselves.
The company develops programs that engage with the communities, covering areas of Health, Education, Culture, Women’s Empowerment, favoring the exchange of experiences between youth and adults, making them catalysts of societal changes.
Mais (More) Program
Created in 2004, Programa Mais has the main objective of helping young people, between the ages of 16 and 24 who attend public schools and come from low-income communities, to get access to higher education in Rio de Janeiro.
These young people participate in college preparatory classes, cultural workshops, courses, Portuguese lessons, educational meetings and visits to museums, universities and companies. Since its launch, more than 530 students have attended the program, and more than a 140 have reached grades to join public and private educational institutions in Rio de Janeiro.
During the program, the students participate in activities that make them reflect on the decisive aspects in choosing a professional career. After getting into the university, the students are monitored along their learning paths.
Grife Refazer (The Refazer Brand)
An initiative between Instituto Refazer and Instituto Fernandes Figueira, Grife Refazer works on supporting mothers of ill children and encouraging them to take sewing classes, and to develop that craft as a source of income for their families. The project covers the learning of craft activities and the production made is purchased by the institution, generating income for the families. The courses are taught by volunteers and former assisted, who now work as artisans hired by the brand.
ExxonMobil knows that investing in women's economic education results in long-term benefits for them and their families, societies and countries. In the last 10 years, ExxonMobil invested more than US$ 82 million in the promotion of economic opportunities for women.
Golden Lion Tamarin Project
ExxonMobil will fund the plantation of 20,000 Atlantic forest seedlings to rebuild the golden lion tamarins’ natural habitat. The project is a partnership with the Associação Mico-leão-dourado (AMLD), intermediated by the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio) and will reforest 14 hectares of Atlantic forest in the region of Silva Jardim (RJ).
The reforestation will reconnect fragmented areas of the Atlantic forest, uniting disparate populations of the tamarins, which will positively impact their long-term genetic viability. The partnership will also bring economic benefits to the local community, which works in seedling nurseries and reforestation.
ExxonMobil knows that successful conservation programs like this are key to protecting biodiversity, while ensuring the sustainability of critical ecosystems for future generations. This project is part of our commitment to social responsibility and environmental protection.
The VIP — Volunteer Involvement Program — is an ExxonMobil initiative that aims to encourage employees and their families to volunteer by donating their time and talent to institutions with civic, cultural, educational, scientific, recreational or social assistance goals.
The initiative takes place in Curitiba, where the company has about 1,300 employees in its Business Support Center (BSC). In addition to encouraging and mobilizing employees, ExxonMobil donates to the institutions a monetary incentive for every 20 hours volunteered by employees and their families.
Throughout the year, numerous activities are held, such as reading circles, winter coats campaigns, food campaigns, planting of trees, etc. In 2018, over 430 individuals took part in the program, volunteering over 3.500 hours.
Since its implementation in 2009, VIP has provided assistance to 145 organizations that received the incentive for different tasks carried out by more than 1,500 volunteers, such as assistance to children and animals, educational activities and food donation.
Pelo Direito à Vida (Right to Life)
ExxonMobil, through tax incentive from the Fundo da Infância e da Adolescência (Childhood and Adolescence Fund - FIA), supports the Pelo Direito à Vida project, sponsored by Hospital Pequeno Príncipe.
The project is based on three pillars: development of scientific research on healthcare, acquisition of high-cost materials and equipment, and education, with the formation of pediatricians and qualification of the workforce. The triad seeks to improve the patients' quality of life and the reduction of infant-juvenile mortality in Brazil.
Founded in 1919 in Curitiba (PR), Hospital Pequeno Príncipe is a non-profit institution that assists children and adolescents from all over the country. The hospital provides over 313,000 visits annually, with about 70 percent of them for children and adolescents served by the Unified Health System (SUS).
In 2018, ExxonMobil supported, through Lei Rouanet (Rouanet Law), cultural projects that contributed to forming citizenship and broadening the cultural repertoire of the children and adolescents undergoing treatment at the hospital. Allied to the health treatments, the cultural projects also strengthen the bond between patients and their families.
Una, Duna, Tena, Catena!
In 2018, ExxonMobil supported, through the Federal Law of Incentive to Culture, the “Una, Duna, Tena, Catena! Pipocas de Palavras Brincantes”, a continuous project that is part of the “Pipocas de Histórias” series, which celebrates its 5th anniversary in 2019.
This initiative shares colorful and interactive stories with the assisted children, and encompasses 48 scenic performances at Hospital Pequeno Príncipe. The performances will happen starting July 2019, promoting the interaction between patients, family members, collaborators and hospital volunteers.
Brazil Article • June 5, 2019
Brazil Article • June 5, 2019