Community investments

ExxonMobil works closely with the communities where we operate to identify and invest in initiatives that help support their needs. We collaborate with governments and local stakeholders to invest in programs that promote local economic growth and help improve social conditions.

Report Jan. 5, 2021

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Community investments

Local economic growth and development


ExxonMobil adds economic value to countries where we operate by employing and training local personnel and supporting local suppliers. We also build capacity of local suppliers to increase their capabilities and work to create a competitive local industrial base. We develop a local content plan specific to each country or area to establish long-term economic benefits. When we hire local employees, they may receive additional training to develop technical and leadership skills, improving their overall employability. Our development program includes training on relevant technical and vocational skills, health and safety, environmental protection, management skills and business conduct. 

2019 performance and initiatives

Providing opportunities for local hiring and development is a vital part of our commitment to enhancing the economic and social benefits associated with our activities in Guyana. We apply proven training curriculums, industry best practices and leading technology to support local workforce development. In 2019, our affiliate’s activities in Guyana increased the total workforce to more than 3,400 employees and contractors, of which nearly 1,900 are Guyanese. 

Our goal is to provide Guyanese personnel with technical and professional skills needed for existing and future operations. ExxonMobil and our contractors provided more than 250,000 hours of training to individuals working on our projects in Guyana in 2019.

2019 workforce composition

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In December 2019, ExxonMobil announced oil production had started from the Liza field offshore Guyana, a first for the country of 750,000 people. At year end 2019, more than 50 percent of ExxonMobil’s employees in Guyana were Guyanese. 

Social investments


Our social investments address key needs, such as access to health care, disaster relief, education and economic development. We are actively involved in worldwide efforts to support response efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a company with operations around the world, our efforts have ranged from donating personal protective equipment and supporting local food banks, to reconfiguring our own operations to produce medical-grade hand sanitizer. Learn more in our COVID-19 case study.

2019 performance and initiatives

In 2019, we contributed $253 million to communities around the world, which includes donations from Exxon Mobil Corporation, our divisions and affiliates, the ExxonMobil Foundation, employee and retiree giving through ExxonMobil’s matching gift and volunteer programs, and disaster relief.

For example, in 2019, when Cyclones Idai and Kenneth impacted Mozambique, we provided $400,000 in emergency assistance to support ongoing relief and recovery efforts, including the provision of food and shelter in affected communities


Community investments by focus area

Community investments by geographical area

Total contributions do not include environmental capital and operating expenditures. 


As a major employer and investor in many malaria-endemic countries, we are part of an international effort to prevent, treat and cure the disease. Through a coordinated, comprehensive effort, significant progress has been made in reducing the burden of malaria in the past 20 years. Since 2000, we provided more than $170 million in funding for antimalarial programs that reached more than 125 million people. Our support has resulted in the distribution of more than 15 million bed nets, 5.3 million doses of antimalarial treatments and 4 million rapid diagnostic kits, as well as the training of more than 750,000 health workers.

Image ExxonMobil helps raise awareness about malaria in Angola as part of an annual World Malaria Day event.
ExxonMobil helps raise awareness about malaria in Angola as part of an annual World Malaria Day event.

Women’s economic opportunity

ExxonMobil has understood the importance of investing in women’s business enterprises for decades. Our supplier diversity program began in the United States nearly 50 years ago and, since then, has steadily expanded globally. Including more women-owned businesses stimulates innovation, increases competition in the supply chain and builds customer and supplier loyalty by supporting the communities in which we operate.

We invest in organizations around the world dedicated to bolstering women’s economic empowerment. When women have control over their income, they frequently invest in the health, education and well-being of their families. Women also reach out and propel other women forward, creating a powerful multiplier effect that benefits society. In our community investments, we focus on developing women entrepreneurs, implementing programs on financial literacy and access to savings accounts, and improving productivity of women farmers.

Since 2005, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation have supported women in more than 90 countries seeking to fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. Through 2019, we have invested more than $120 million to help community-based and global partners implement programs directly benefiting tens of thousands of women, in addition to the more than $500 million ExxonMobil spends each year with women-owned businesses. ExxonMobil is also a founding member of the Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment, which fosters economic change for women by working with the private sector.

Image ExxonMobil supports local women in Papua New Guinea to provide opportunities for economic development.
ExxonMobil supports local women in Papua New Guinea to provide opportunities for economic development.


Since 2000, we have contributed more than $1.3 billion to education programs around the world, including approximately $59 million in 2019. We also work with industry partners to improve education opportunities in the communities where we operate.

In Angola, for example, educational challenges include the shortage of appropriate facilities. A partnership among RISE International, Educate A Child and the ExxonMobil Foundation has led to the construction of 26 primary schools in Angola for 24,000 out-of-school children in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela and Bié.

We continued to support the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in its efforts to bring college education training programs to students and teachers across the United States. ExxonMobil helped launch NMSI in 2007 to improve math and science education by providing a comprehensive program designed to increase student participation and performance in Advanced Placement® coursework in math, science, computer science and English. The organization also provides educators with hands-on training, strategies and resources to raise academic rigor and prepare students for advanced critical and creative thinking.

Image ExxonMobil supports both U.S. and international education initiatives.Students at Loch Sport Primary School in Australia enjoy their new STEM resources funded by an Esso Bright Future Grant.
ExxonMobil supports both U.S. and international education initiatives. Students at Loch Sport Primary School in Australia enjoy their new STEM resources funded by an Esso Bright Future Grant.

Employee participation


Our employees are passionate about engaging in their communities, and we encourage them to contribute to the communities where they live and work. Through our volunteer involvement program in the U.S., we provide a $500 donation to the employee’s or retiree’s charity of choice for every 20 hours that a volunteer works, up to four times per year. Many of our affiliates have similar volunteer programs.

2019 performance and initiatives

More than 17,000 ExxonMobil employees, retirees and their families volunteered approximately 443,000 hours at 3,700 charitable organizations in 28 countries in 2019. Approximately 4,100 employees and retirees donated more than $18 million to 825 U.S. colleges and universities, as well as minority scholarship programs. The ExxonMobil Foundation matched that amount with more than $33.6 million in 2019.

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