In 2017, contributions totaling $7.5 million were made to help advance economic opportunities for women. Empowering women is a key element in enhancing local and international economic development. Investing in women helps support broad transformation in developing regions and contributes to a more equitable society. For example, it helps to lower infant mortality, improve health and nutrition, increase educational opportunities, enhance economic growth and food security and reduce poverty.
Our goal is to help women fulfill their economic potential and improve their well-being and that of their families and communities. We invest in programs proven to provide women with skills and resources needed to increase their productivity and income. In addition to supporting research which identifies innovative and proven interventions to help women advance economically, our investments focus on developing women farmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders, identifying and certifying women-owned businesses and improving women’s access to technology. From 2005 through 2017, ExxonMobil invested nearly $111 million in promoting economic opportunities for women, reaching tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries.