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Diversity and inclusion

ExxonMobil wants to maintain a diverse workforce representative of the numerous geographies where we do business. We value the exceptional qualities and diverse perspectives of our employees and strive to promote the inclusion of thought, skill, knowledge and culture across our operations.

As demand for workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics continues to increase, we support immigration policies that will help U.S. companies fill their needs for highly skilled workers.

We support voluntary, employee-led networks that foster a culture of diversity and inclusion by offering development programs, community service opportunities and mentoring. Our local employee resource groups include: 

  • Asian Connection for Excellence (ACE)
  • Black Employee Success Team (BEST)
  • Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos (GOAL)
  • Organization for New Employees (ONE)
  • People for Respect, Inclusion and Diversity of Employees (PRIDE)
  • Veteran Advocacy and Support Team (VAST)
  • Women’s Interest Network (WIN)

ExxonMobil’s internships and financial aid initiatives play a key role in our recruiting efforts. We support professional organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, among others. ExxonMobil believes supporting education will help build a source of diverse, talented individuals. 

Our Global Diversity Framework and Standards of Business Conduct govern all aspects of our employment, including recruitment, hiring, work assignments, promotions, 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 continuing education courses to current employees. 

We send an annual letter to senior managers emphasizing their responsibility to maintain work environments free from harassment and discrimination. ExxonMobil employs a series of web-based trainings and tools to help our employees understand cultural sensitivities across a diverse workforce. 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. ExxonMobil’s global policies have always prohibited all forms of sexual harassment in our company workplace. 

Performance and initiatives 

Within ExxonMobil’s executive employee population, 20 percent are women. This represents an increase of 63 percent over the past decade. This increase, in part, is a result of continued focus on early identification and focused development of high-performing female employees. Approximately 16 percent of our U.S. executives are minorities, an increase of 79 percent over the past 10 years, facilitated by a consistent focus on minority management development. Learn more about our local hiring practices outside the United States.

To increase the representation of minorities and female employees in our U.S. operations, we implement a wide range of education programs and recruiting activities intended to reach a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates. In 2017, we provided 30 technical scholarships to minorities across the United States. Thirty-eight percent of our campus engineering hires in the United States were women, higher than the U.S. percentage of female engineering students.

Chart — We consider diversity through all stages of the employment relationship, including recruitment, training and development of our future leaders.
*The number of leadership training courses and participation varies by year. 

Chart — Our global reach directly contributes to the diversity of our workforce and the success of our business. In 2017, our total workforce was approximately 69,600, slightly lower than the total workforce in 2016. The largest concentration of ExxonMobil employees is in the United States with 27,700, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific with 14,500 and 14,000, respectively.
*Data exclude company-operated retail store employees.

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