ExxonMobil and COVID-19

With operations across the world, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, under guidance from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elected officials, as we work to do our part in limiting the spread of the virus. We are taking all necessary steps to help our employees, contractors, customers and their families remain healthy and safe, while working to meet global energy demand.

The world is counting on us to help meet its energy needs, especially at this critical time.  We are committed to working to supply the fuels and products that consumers, first responders, health care officials and medical personnel need to address this global health crisis.

These are challenging times for all of us.  We are grateful for the efforts of first responders and medical professionals around the world who are working so hard to help manage the effects of this pandemic.
Darren Woods

Chairman and CEO

A message from Darren Woods, Chairman and CEO

These are challenging times for all of us.  We are grateful for the efforts of first responders and medical professionals around the world who are working so hard to help manage the effects of this pandemic.

Our company is proud to assist where we can, and I’m grateful to the ExxonMobil team for their focused response efforts. On our offshore platforms, in our refineries, at our lubes and chemical plants and throughout our facilities worldwide, our people are getting the job done while protecting themselves and others.

We have put important measures in place to protect the health and safety of our workforce, including enhanced cleaning procedures and adjustments to facility layouts and operating procedures to ensure social distancing.  We’ve also asked those who can work from home to do so in support of government efforts to reduce social interaction at this critical time.

Some of the products we make are essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re working to meet needs.

Our chemical company, for example, is a leading producer of isopropyl alcohol, which is used to create a range of goods, including hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol and other sanitization products.

Another vital product they make is polypropylene, which is required for surgical masks and gowns, as well as protective masks known as N95 respirators.

Our Fuels organization is producing and shipping gasoline, diesel, marine fuels and other products necessary to enable first responders to help people in need and to keep global transportation networks and supply chains functioning.

We are also very aware of the market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and commodity price decreases, and are progressing significant near-term capital and operating expense reductions as we manage our business.

This is an unprecedented environment, but our company has faced numerous market downturns throughout its long history, and we have experience operating in a sustained low-price environment. We remain focused on being a safe, low-cost operator and creating long-term value for shareholders.

Energy has been called the engine of the economy and will be essential for the economic recovery that will follow.  We’ll play an essential role in that recovery by doing what we do best – keeping our operations running safely, thoughtfully managing risk, and delivering the products that people around the world rely on.

Employees and customers

Our focus is on protecting the safety and health of our people and customers and limiting the spread of COVID-19.

We are taking appropriate precautions, including implementing alternative work arrangements at our facilities and offices, limiting travel, and enhancing hygiene procedures.

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Operations

Our priority is to continue providing many of the products essential to our way of life.

Across our operations, our people are ensuring that we continue to safely and efficiently produce the energy society needs to face this crisis, while protecting themselves and others.

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International response

ExxonMobil affiliates around the world are actively involved in local efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Learn more

Our business

As a result of falling energy demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced commodity prices, ExxonMobil is evaluating significant near-term capital and operating expense reductions. ExxonMobil has faced numerous market downturns throughout its long history and has experience operating in a sustained low-price environment.

In a March 16 news release, CEO Darren Woods said, “Based on this unprecedented environment, we are evaluating all appropriate steps to significantly reduce capital and operating expenses in the near term. We will outline plans when they are finalized.”

We remain focused on being a safe, low-cost operator and creating long-term value for shareholders.

Additional resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

American Petroleum Institute (API)

American Chemistry Council (ACC)

American Chemical Society interviews Dr. Vijay Swarup

Energy Factor: Getting disinfectant into the right hands

EnergyFactor: Our coronavirus response: Meeting a new challenge

on the Energy Factor

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

American Petroleum Institute (API)

American Chemistry Council (ACC)

American Chemical Society interviews Dr. Vijay Swarup

Energy Factor: Getting disinfectant into the right hands

EnergyFactor: Our coronavirus response: Meeting a new challenge

on the Energy Factor