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Strategic community investments

Strategic community investments


In addition to addressing community priorities where we do business, we partner with governments and nongovernmental organizations to help enhance the quality of life in the communities where we operate around the world. Whether through the ExxonMobil Foundation, our corporation or our international affiliated company operations, we strategically invest in social programs that consider community needs and host country economic and social goals.

Our approach

We focus our efforts on our signature initiatives: improving education, combating malaria and advancing economic opportunities for women. We concentrate on these three areas because research shows they help build a foundation for economic prosperity and human progress.

Education initiative 

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. Additionally, we hire highly skilled scientists and engineers to perform a variety of jobs in our company. For these reasons, we invest in education and teacher development programs designed to encourage students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. Since 2000, we have contributed nearly $1.2 billion to education programs around the world, with $72 million invested in 2016 alone.

Up Close: Helping prepare students for careers of the 21st century

Founded in 2007, the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that works to expand access to challenging coursework, improve student achievement and boost teacher effectiveness, particularly in the fields of STEM.

NMSI’s College Readiness Program enables schools to improve participation in rigorous Advanced Placement® (AP®) coursework to better prepare students for college and the STEM-intensive careers of the 21st century. To date, the program has been implemented in more than 1,000 schools across 34 states. After one year, schools participating in NMSI’s College Readiness Program have increased the number of qualifying AP® scores in math, science and English by 10 times the national average, while demonstrating significant gains among female, African-American and Hispanic students, who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

In 2015, with financial assistance from ExxonMobil, NMSI began expanding its College Readiness Program in Louisiana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. ExxonMobil’s partnership with NMSI will help provide schools in these states with extensive training for teachers and resources for students to support AP® coursework. In Pennsylvania alone, seven new schools joined the program for the 2015 to 2016 school year. After one year, these schools experienced a combined 51 percent increase in qualifying math, science and English AP® exam scores.

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Malaria initiative

We support the health of our employees, their families and members of the communities where we operate, which is why we invest in health programs aimed at combating preventable and treatable illnesses. In 2016, ExxonMobil contributed nearly $10 million to support a variety of malaria research, educational and treatment programs. Since 2001, the antimalarial programs we have funded have reached more than 125 million people, and our support has resulted in the distribution of approximately 14.3 million bed nets, 4.3 million doses of antimalarial treatments and nearly 3 million rapid diagnostic kits, as well as the training of more than 589,000 health workers. Our cash grants during the past 15 years total $155 million, making us one of the largest private-sector grant-makers in the fight against malaria.

Up Close: ExxonMobil’s long-standing commitment to antimalarial efforts

Each year, malaria claims the lives of more than 400,000 people around the world. Thankfully, significant progress has been made in the global fight against this disease, and the number of malaria-related deaths and infections continues to decline. To continue this progress, an integrated approach is needed, including strengthened health care systems, improved prevention techniques, expanded research capabilities and increased access to proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Since 2000, we have supported research and development into new front-line therapies, the search for a vaccine and improved diagnostics. We support leading product development partnerships like Medicines for Malaria Venture in its program designed to advance new drugs in the fight against P. vivax malaria, the strain most commonly found in Asia. Because there is still no approved vaccine for malaria in wide usage, we have also worked with the Malaria Vaccine Initiative at PATH since 2005 to support informed policy decision-making as the development of malaria vaccines is accelerated.

As a result of these and other such global efforts, the World Health Organization’s annual World Malaria Report found that malaria mortality rates decreased by 29 percent around the world between 2010 and 2015. Additionally, steady declines in mortality and incidence rates have averted about 1.3 billion malaria cases and saved about 6.8 million lives since 2001. 

However, the significant progress in reducing malaria deaths since 2000 could be reversed by a number of looming challenges. One of the most alarming is the threat of resistance to front-line antimalarial drugs emerging in Southeast Asia and its potential spread into Africa. Accordingly, we support Dr. Dyann Wirth’s laboratory at Harvard University to investigate new compounds that could overcome this drug resistance — as well as the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network — which provides comprehensive, timely, quality-assured evidence to track the emergence and spread of antimalarial drug resistance.

  • Dr. Dyann Wirth

    Director of the Harvard Malaria Initiative
    "We’re at a very special time in malaria research. If we continue to inspire health leaders, reduce knowledge gaps and translate findings into practice, we can end malaria in our lifetime."

Photo credit: Ben Moldenhauer, Medicines for Malaria Venture. Tools and programs to reduce number of malaria-related deaths.
Photo — Several tools, such as raising awareness, using long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying, and rapid diagnostics and treatments, have been key in reducing the number of malaria cases and deaths. Photo credit: Ben Moldenhauer, Medicines for Malaria Venture

Women's economic opportunity initiative 

Empowering women economically is a key element to enhancing local and national development. Investing in women helps support broad economic transformation in developing regions and contributes to a more equitable society. In the developing countries where women are more fully participatory in their national economies, we find lower infant mortality, improved health and nutrition, increased educational opportunities, enhanced economic growth and food security, and lower rates of poverty. 

Since 2005, ExxonMobil has invested — through our women’s economic opportunity initiative — approximately $104 million in programs that support research to identify the most effective ways to improve women’s economic status; develop women farmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders; and improve women’s access to technology. Our support has reached tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries. In 2016 alone, our contributions totaled $10 million.

Up Close: Expanding economic opportunities for women farmers in Mozambique

In Mozambique, women face pervasive obstacles to achieving economic empowerment. To help overcome those barriers, in 2016, the ExxonMobil Foundation partnered with Opportunity International to launch the Projecto para Empoderamento das Mulheres e Desenvolvimento da Agricultura (PEMA) program to expand economic opportunities for women farmers in Mozambique.

The initiative includes both theoretical and practical application of strategies for helping women more effectively benefit from commercial agricultural markets in Mozambique. Since the program launched in January 2016, PEMA has provided support to more than 400 farmers and gained valuable insight into the delivery of agricultural inputs, services and finance to women farmers. In 2017, we aim to significantly increase the number of program participants through innovations in agricultural finance, comprehensive agricultural support services and technology to improve the productivity, income, financial inclusion and overall empowerment of women farmers in Mozambique.

Women in Mozambique participate in the PEMA program to learn about commercial agriculture.
Photo — Women in Mozambique participate in the PEMA program to learn about commercial agriculture.

Performance and initiatives

In recent years, ExxonMobil Qatar has focused its community outreach efforts on educational development programs. This aligns with ExxonMobil’s broader focus on education, and also supports the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to propel the country forward by balancing economic growth with the well-being of people and natural resources. One such effort is ExxonMobil’s partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar and Qatar University’s National Center for Educational Development to host the fifth Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Doha. 

In November 2016, 50 seventh- to ninth-grade preparatory school teachers from Qatar’s independent schools participated in a week-long professional development program designed to provide teachers with active-learning and inquiry-based techniques that enhance math and science teaching skills among educators. Participating teachers were selected by Qatar University and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education based on their qualifications. As an expansion of the Academy, ExxonMobil Qatar’s education partner Teach For Qatar also hand-selected 10 teachers to attend the training for the first time.

Since its establishment in 2012, more than 210 of Qatar’s science and math teachers have benefited from the Academy. These teachers have gone on to impact more than 7,000 students in Qatar’s independent schools, deepening their knowledge of STEM subjects and creating a ripple effect in the education field.

  • Dr. Hassan Al-Derham

    President of Qatar University
    "The Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy serves as a platform to engage educators in professional development and to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to motivate their students and encourage them to become active learners and pursue careers in math and science. The Academy highlights Qatar University’s ongoing mission to shape a cadre of excellent teachers and educators whose work will help to advance the goals outlined in the National Vision and human development strategies."

Local community investments


Our local community investments are designed to support social and economic development in the host countries where we operate. As we invest in communities, we pursue programs that are aligned with community and business priorities. Learn more about our approach to local community investments.

Our approach

In addition to our education, malaria and women’s economic initiatives, we provide local investments tailored to address community-specific needs, such as access to skills training and health care and support for disaster relief, including our $500,000 contribution to the American Red Cross and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to support local flooding disaster relief in 2016.

Up Close: Local community investment in Louisiana

In August 2016, prolonged rainfall in southern parts of Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that impacted thousands of homes and businesses. ExxonMobil employs more than 5,500 employees and contractors in the Baton Rouge area where we have operated for more than 100 years. In an effort to help ExxonMobil employees and members of the community, ExxonMobil donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to support local flooding disaster relief assistance in Louisiana. This donation helped support more than 10,000 people at more than 50 shelters and provided additional food supplies to 130 agencies.

Performance and initiatives 

In 2016, we contributed $242 million to communities around the world.

Chart — ExxonMobil seeks to make meaningful community investments in a variety of focus areas. In 2016, total community investments were $242 million, with the greatest investment in civic and community initiatives.
*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, disaster relief and employee giving programs. Investments do not include environmental capital and operating expenditures, which totaled approximately $4.9 billion in 2016.

Chart — ExxonMobil’s community investments span across the many geographic regions in which we operate. In 2016, we invested a total of $242 million in communities around the world.
*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, disaster relief and employee giving programs.