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Employment practices


As a global organization, the diversity and inclusion of thought, skill, knowledge and culture across our company facilitates innovation and is a key competitive advantage. As demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers continues to increase worldwide, we support immigration policies that will help U.S. companies fill their high-skilled workforce needs. We strive to create and maintain a diverse workforce representative of the numerous geographies where we do business, by utilizing a range of programs, activities and investments. 

Our approach

Our career-oriented approach to developing an exceptional workforce includes recruiting outstanding talent and supporting long-term professional development. Our Global Diversity Framework is the foundation for this approach, with three interrelated objectives: 

  • Attract, develop and retain a premier workforce from the broadest possible pool to meet our business needs worldwide. 
  • Actively foster a productive work environment that allows every employee to contribute fully to the achievement of superior business results — an environment where individual and cultural differences are respected and valued, and where all employees are encouraged to achieve their ultimate potential. 
  • Identify and develop leadership capabilities for performing effectively in a variety of international and cultural environments.

Our Standards of Business Conduct govern all aspects of our employment, including recruitment, hiring, work assignments, promotions, transfers and terminations, as well as wage and salary administration. The Standards support our commitment to provide equal employment opportunities, prohibit harassment and discrimination in the workplace and align with applicable laws and regulations in the countries where we operate. 

We provide training on the Standards for new employees and offer regular refresher courses to current employees. Additionally, we use a series of web-based trainings and tools to help our employees understand effective communication and cultural sensitivities across a diverse workforce. We strictly prohibit any form of discrimination by or toward employees, contractors, suppliers or customers in any ExxonMobil work environment.

Our global policies promote diversity and inclusion and prohibit any forms of discrimination, including those based on sexual orientation and gender identity. At ExxonMobil, harassment, even in its most subtle forms, directly conflicts with company policy and is not tolerated. Every employee is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination, for any act of harassment. We employ a comprehensive training and stewardship program to ensure employees worldwide understand, implement and follow our anti-harassment policy. Additionally, our annual reporting and compliance procedures include a letter to senior managers emphasizing their responsibility to maintain work environments free from harassment and discrimination.

Performance and initiatives

2016 workforce by geographic region*
Chart — Our global reach directly contributes to the diversity of our workforce and the success of our business. In 2016, our total workforce was approximately 71,100, slightly lower than the total workforce in 2015. The largest concentration of ExxonMobil employees is in the United States with 29,100, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific with 14,900 and 13,300, respectively.
*Data exclude company-operated retail store employees.