ExxonMobil collaborates with governments and other stakeholders to invest in community development programs that help build and sustain local economic growth, while also improving social conditions. We work with local stakeholders to ensure that our efforts are tailored to address community and business needs, such as access to skills training and health care, support for disaster relief, education initiatives and economic development. Learn more about building local capacity.
Performance and initiatives
In 2017, we contributed $204 million to communities around the world.
ExxonMobil works to help address the special needs of neighboring communities in areas where we operate. For example, in the Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, we have a long-standing history of building community relations and supporting community-specific initiatives during our 55 years there.
In 2017, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited partnered with the Akwa Ibom state government in Nigeria to help fund reconstruction of the Eket-Ibeno road, a major highway for the members of the Eket and Ibeno communities. The road is a major route for an estimated 250,000 community residents, students, workers and traders every day. Through Mobil Producing Nigeria’s Special Community Assistance Project, the road was identified as a safety and security concern for both company personnel and community residents. The reconstruction project has made the road safer to travel and created employment for workers within the community.
Access to education is a key issue for many communities where we work. Education empowers individuals and spurs economic growth. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in particular, are critical to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. Since 2000, we have contributed more than $1.25 billion to education programs around the world, and invested $60 million in 2017 alone.
Spotlight: Supporting the Educate A Child initiative
More than 57 million children worldwide do not have access to quality education, and nearly half of these children are located in areas of conflict or crisis. Educate A Child is a global initiative launched in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the mother of the emir of Qatar. ExxonMobil is partnering with Educate A Child to support its mission of enrolling 10 million children around the world into a primary school with a quality educational experience. Educate A Child’s mission closely aligns with our long-standing commitment to expand access to education. We continue to support Educate A Child’s efforts in Nigeria and helped start a new program in Angola in 2017.
Nigeria has a large population of out-of-school, primary-aged children. A partnership between ExxonMobil and Educate A Child, UNICEF and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development enrolled nearly 62,000 children through campaigns and community mobilization in 2016. The partnership is on track to meet its goal of enrolling more than 500,000 children over the next five years in the four northwestern states by increasing access to schools, breaking down barriers to enrollment and improving teacher quality.
In Angola’s Benguela, Bié and Luanda provinces, ExxonMobil is partnering with RISE International and Educate A Child to assist in a two-year project to construct 25 schools. Throughout the project, we have consulted with the government of Angola to ensure schools will be maintained and 24,000 children, currently out of school, will be able to enjoy a quality educational experience. In addition to building the schools, the partnership will provide essential materials such as desks, chalkboards and textbooks as well as assistance with hiring school teachers. Local education authorities will manage the new schools upon completion of the project. ExxonMobil contributed $1 million in 2017 and has plans to contribute another $1 million in future years.
ExxonMobil makes investments to help support the health of our employees, contractors, their families and community members in malaria-prone regions. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that affects hundreds of millions of people around the world every year. Malaria is treatable and curable, but if infected individuals do not receive proper medical attention in a timely manner, the disease can be fatal.
In 2017, ExxonMobil contributed nearly $7.4 million to support a variety of malaria research, educational and treatment programs. Since 2001, we have provided approximately $163 million in funding for antimalarial programs that have reached more than 125 million people. Our support has resulted in the distribution of approximately 14.5 million bed nets, 4.7 million doses of antimalarial treatments and nearly 3.2 million rapid diagnostic kits, as well as the training of more than 650,000 health workers.
Spotlight: Helping communities combat malaria
Our approach to addressing malaria mortality rates has evolved with emerging technologies and the needs of the communities we support. One strategy for stopping the spread of disease is to prevent disease-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.
A groundbreaking proof of concept project led by Baylor College of Medicine will harness ExxonMobil satellite-imaging technology to pinpoint mosquito breeding habitats in Harris County, Texas. The project unites Baylor’s disease expertise with ExxonMobil’s Upstream experience in remote sensing to determine if this technology could be replicated and adapted by governments and private industries across the globe. This technology has the potential to quickly and cost-effectively detect areas that require intervention for mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or other agents that may carry diseases.
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Research demonstrates that investing in the education, training and leadership of women and girls delivers high returns on economic and social development. Since 2005, ExxonMobil has invested approximately $111 million in programs that develop female 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 2017 alone, our contributions totaled $7.5 million.
Spotlight: Empowering women through access to mobile savings
One billion women in developing countries lack access to formal financial services and savings accounts, which negatively affects business opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The Center for Global Development and research and implementing partners, with support from the ExxonMobil Foundation, coordinated impact evaluation studies in Tanzania and Indonesia to measure the effect of mobile savings and business training on women’s economic empowerment. Working with female business owners, banks and telecommunications companies, the pilot program tested how branchless banking helps women save more and invest in the growth of their businesses.
With a better understanding of the potential that lies in empowering women to manage and save their own money, ExxonMobil has partnered with the nonprofit organization Women’s World Banking to support its new She Counts initiative. She Counts aims to encourage innovative financial products designed for women and support women’s asset building activities.
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