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Indigenous peoples

We respect indigenous peoples and their cultures, commit to conduct meaningful consultations with them, incorporate traditional knowledge and land use information into our plans, and seek mutually beneficial long-term relationships.

Identifying indigenous peoples and engaging them and their representatives in open and forthright consultation, including the consideration of Traditional Knowledge, promotes focused community engagement programs that respect indigenous peoples’ traditions and cultures. Our business should be conducted in a manner that respects the land, environment, rights and cultures of indigenous peoples.

Photo — A Fort Nelson First Nation elder shares information about traditional territory near the Horn River Project during a consultation with an Imperial Oil employee. Through consultation, we work tounderstand and incorporate indigenous perspectives into project planning, design, execution, and operations.

Our operations can take place in areas inhabited by indigenous peoples. We respect and engage indigenous communities, and we work to protect their cultures and customs. We believe developing opportunities for indigenous communities to participate in training and employment benefits these communities and our business. Our approach to interacting with indigenous peoples around the world is consistent with the principles of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 169 Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, and the World Bank Operational Policy and Bank Procedure on Indigenous Peoples. Our operations in Alaska, Cameroon, Canada, Indonesia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Sakhalin Island involve working directly with indigenous peoples. Our first objective is to determine how each group prefers to be engaged. The community establishes its preference for how often and how long their members meet with ExxonMobil representatives, and whom the community chooses to provide its viewpoints or represent its wishes.

Photo — A resettled family in Papua New Guinea grows crops near their new home. We employ a number of practices for respecting property rights in communities where we operate, and we pay particular attention to those areas where indigenous peoples live.

We are sensitive to local communities’ concerns about balancing their cultural heritage with the desire for economic development, even after our operations have ceased. Wherever we work with indigenous peoples, we support both local employment initiatives and cultural heritage programs through local content and strategic community investments.