Issue review

Consistent with IPIECA’s Oil and Gas Industry Guidance on Voluntary Sustainability Reporting, we use a “materiality process” to identify sustainability topics that are relevant to the company and key stakeholders.

Report Jan. 5, 2021

Issue review

ExxonMobil began conducting annual “materiality assessments” in 2006 to identify environmental, social and governance issues of particular interest to our stakeholders. We conduct an annual assessment to ensure our analysis reflects events and changing business priorities. The results of our assessment help inform the development of our annual Sustainability Report.

We also solicit feedback from our External Sustainability Advisory Panel, and review external resources and frameworks, including the IPIECA reporting guidance, coverage in peer company reports, rater and ranker questionnaires, investor publications and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

We list the material issues for this Sustainability Report below. For the purposes of this report, the concept of “material issues” refers to IPIECA reporting guidance on potential disclosures and does not correspond to the concept of materiality used in the securities laws and disclosures required by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. Visit our content index for a detailed mapping of the locations of information regarding these issues.


  • Environmental management system
  • Engaging on climate change policy
  • Mitigating emissions in company operations
  • Developing innovative products and technology
  • Managing impacts on water
  • Plastic waste management
  • Spill performance
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services


  • Safety
  • Workplace security
  • Community investments
  • Working with local communities
  • Human rights
  • Supply chain management
  • Healthy and engaged workforce


  • Ethics and integrity
  • Board leadership
  • Engaging with governments
  • Shareholder relations

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